More than three quarters of young people say that it is important for potential employers to offer flexible working options, according to recent research by BT Business.
In the survey conducted by YouGov among UK workers and employers, 59% of directors at small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) believe they are as able as large organisations to embrace flexible working could reap their rewards, by attracting more candidates of a better calibre.
The research indicates that flexible working policies are a valued employee benefit across the age spectrum, but with above average results from the younger age bracket. Almost two thirds of 18 to 29 year-olds surveyed say a better work/life balance is the main benefit of flexible working, followed by less stress and fewer travel problems.
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The survey also found that 43% of 18 to 29 year-olds are willing to consider lower pay to work at home, compared to 31% of the over-50s.
Beatriz Butsana-Sita, of BT Business, comments: “The workforce of the future has been brought up with technology as part of their daily lives. Flexible working allowing a better work/life balance is prized over straight economic affluence.
“It’s something all SMB employers should think about. Flexible working can work for businesses of all sizes; the adoption of converged networks has seen a surge in flexible working practices and aspirations among smaller businesses.”