Merging of Work and Life creates passive job hunters

An interesting survey landed on my desk this morning.

The research from GCS Recruitment’s Marketing Insights indicates that 70% of people are just one step away from resigning from their jobs.

The reason according to the analysis of the survey is the blurring between work and home lives which means that an astonishing 21% of bosses expect to be able to contact their employees 24 hours a day seven days a week.

The specialist technology recruiter spoke to 1,752 candidates and 826 clients, and found that 70% of people consider themselves passive job seekers – this means that while they make be happy in their current roles, they are willing to consider new positions.

Combine this with the fact over a fifth of bosses expect employees to always be contactable outside of work hours (21%) and another showing 62% of employees are unhappy with their benefits package, and the nation’s employers could face a deluge of resignations in the coming months.

The demands for 24/7 contact is facilitated by technology that also makes it easier for recruiters to interact with passive job seekers.

It is surprisingly easy for recruiters to converse with candidates, whether this is via social media or on job boards. In the world of 24/7 connectivity, candidates will have opportunities placed in front of them more regularly – and when it comes to those who are regularly fielding calls from the boss out of hours, it’s not difficult to see why a new role may seem tempting.

As well as bosses with bad habits, the survey showed that 62% of people are not happy with the benefits package offered at their organisation, and a quarter of us believe that our workplace’s remuneration package is below the industry standard.

It seems that despite moves towards working from home becoming more standard, not all employees have yet benefited. 44% of survey respondents said being able to work from home is the work perk that would make the biggest difference to their life – this is over 20% more people than those who would value flexi-time (23%) and 30% more than those who said compressed hours would improve their work life balance (14% of respondents).

Other key points from the survey include:

• 68% of employers think hot desking has a negative impact on productivity
• 59% of companies increased flexible working in 2016
• 48% of say their colleagues make their company a great place to work

February 7th, 2017 by