Gen Y workers want more flexible job

Gen Y workers want more flexible job

More than eight out of ten young people in traditional corporate roles want to swap their job for one which offers greater flexibility, according to a new survey.

The 'Millennials and the Future of Work' study from online workplace provider oDesk and consultants Millennial Branding, found that 84 per cent of generation Y workers (those born between the late 1970s and early 2000s) want to escape the shackles of a traditional nine-to-five job.

And thanks to modern technologies such as cloud computing, portable devices and free conference calling services, it has never been easier to get away from the office and work from any location.

But it seems that many British firms are yet to realise the benefits this trend can offer to them in terms of cost savings and employee satisfaction.

This latest survey questioned 2,000 employees and found that the most desirable jobs are the ones that offer higher levels of freedom.

Indeed, some 61 per cent of respondents said they will look to leave their current job within the next two years if more flexibility is not offered by their employer.

Gary Swart, CEO of oDesk, said: "We believe the barriers of industrial-age work simply do not make sense for businesses that want to get more work done, or for workers who are demanding more freedom. No one today wants to be confined to a cubicle."
Dan Schawbel, founder of Millennial Branding, added that a major shift is currently occurring in the UK which is causing people to manage their careers more effectively.

He feels that in many cases, people are looking at what they can achieve on their own and becoming entrepreneurs.
Earlier this year telecoms giant Vodafone conducted a YouGov poll which found that just 22 per cent of UK businesses have a flexible working policy in place.

This is despite 62 per cent admitting that they could see the potential benefits it would have for staff retention and productivity.