The recruitment market is evolving and employees are taking the lead, using their needs as leverage to win over employers. As employees' attitudes transform, companies must adapt to retain and attract the best talent. Do you know what it takes to stay competitive in this fast-changing world?
In 2022, 94% of employees feel they should be able to work wherever they want as long as they get their work done. As employees continue to work outside their home state/country on a regular basis, we could soon see up to half of the employees working outside their home state/country during the year.
However, with this new freedom employers are showing concerns over the trustworthiness of team members. So what are companies to do if over half their mobile workforce is not accurately reporting their working location? The easy solution is to enable employees to share their location automatically. Tools such as google searches, social media, and commerce sites can be used to help build a connection between workers and senior management. Employers must embrace remote work to retain their talent, but also need to invest in tooling and technology to properly manage a distributed workforce.
The past two years have caused many employees to rethink their careers, working conditions, and long-term goals. Employees feel that experience is more important than location and more than 4 in 5 employees agree that companies should focus on finding the right talent, regardless of physical location. Proposing the idea that employers should be recruiting teams based on skills needed, not geography.
Key drivers of a positive employee experience include flexibility in working arrangements and the availability of international experiences; without these options, employees will walk.
When asked what attributes employees are looking for in a new employer, the top four features were high pay, a focus on employee well-being, the ability to work from home, and the ability to work remotely. These factors were mentioned more commonly than culture, autonomy, reputation, D&I, and professional development.
To remain competitive, attract top talent, and prevent further resignations, businesses must provide a robust remote work policy and flexible working arrangements to meet the demands of an ever-mobile workforce.
With the ability to log in and work from anywhere, fewer and fewer HR professionals are sure about where their employees actually are. In 2022, only 46% of HR employees reported being very confident about where the majority of their employees were working.
This significant drop in confidence shows that keeping track of employees is a growing challenge, this causes concerns that could have severe consequences spread out across time zones and countries. Finding the right way to manage distributed workforces must be a priority for organisations.
HR professionals must come to terms with managing a distributed workforce is a highly complex task, and classic self-report measures are insufficient to ensure compliance across an entire mobile population. Better tooling and technology are needed if they want to able to provide a positive workplace culture.