WORKOUT Flexibility way to go
EMPLOYERS are increasingly using flexible staffing methods, according to a survey by recruitment firm Hays. Temporary or contract positions are offered by about 66 per cent of 1700 employers in the survey.
Part-time positions are available with 61 per cent, casual positions with 52 per cent and job sharing with 18 per cent.
‘‘ There is a notable number of jobseekers with a preference, or need, for employment with flexible options to balance work and personal commitments,’’says Hays director Grahame Doyle. ‘‘ With employers now prepared to offer flexible working options, candidates can achieve their desired work/life balance.
Flexible working arrangements are part of employers’ response to skills shortages, Doyle says. The use of temporary staff is part of the solution. ‘‘ As well as using temporary staff while a permanent employee is sourced, or to help at times of peak workloads, we have also noticed that temporary workers have started to become an integral part of the workforce for some employers.
‘‘ For these employers, temporary workers are sustained and incorporated resources that allow continuity of work without disruption. Temporary staff members are enthusiastic, can start work immediately and often bring innovation to the workforce, while also allowing an employer to bring in specific skills when required.’’
Gen X popular
GEN X bosses are proving to be popular. A Talent2 survey of 2000 people shows 66 per cent like working for a Gen X boss rather than a baby boomer. About a third of feel that Gen X managers are changing the workplace.
Gen X managers are more confident and they bring a different philosophy to work, says Laura Mabikafola of Talent2. ‘‘ Those aged between 46 and 26 have a totally different skill set to previous generations. Working for them certainly has its benefits. Work-life balance, people skills and the idea of working smarter, not longer, are ideals that appeal to this generation,’’ she says.
‘‘ CEOs and managing directors like to install Gen X managers because they are more open to a flexible environment, respect their employees and because they have a greater level of interpersonal skills than previous generations.
‘‘ Baby boomers admire the technological abilities of Gen X, and the way they use technology to improve business processes. No one is saying that baby boomers are luddites. However, Gen X is extremely advanced in terms of their ability to see the practical benefits of new computer systems and are amazingly fast at picking up new computer programs.’’