Flexible Work – When Desire And Reality Meet
Flexible working hours and locations were already at the top of the employees’ wish list before Corona. However, as the Kienbaum Benefits Survey shows, only a few companies had planned to offer such options as early as the beginning of 2020. Now top benefits have become a necessity.
From an employee’s point of view, the self-determined choice of working hours and place of work is the most attractive benefit an employer can offer.
A survey by @kununu shows:
Companies in the DACH region are not unaware of these wishes: According to the Benefits Survey by Kienbaum, a survey of 109 companies carried out in parallel to the Kununu Study, flexible working hours are among the top benefits from the point of view of the personnel managers surveyed. In more than 93 percent of the companies, they apply at least selectively to certain employee groups, in 65 percent to all employees.
Most important employee benefit: Free choice of time and place
“We had already asked our participants the questions in pre-crisis times and can, therefore, access uninfluenced figures. This makes it all the more exciting to see that a flexible choice of time and place was and is a must-have among the additional benefits at any time,” reports Nils Prüfer, Director in the Compensation and Performance Management department at Kienbaum.
Home office opportunities before Corona: improvements were planned
However, improvements were planned: at the time of the survey, 13 percent of the companies surveyed stated that they intended to introduce more flexible working hours and workplace regulations, while six percent had already made adjustments in the implementation.
In the meantime, this planning has probably been overtaken by (corona) reality: In a survey conducted by the digital association Bitkom on March 18, 2020, 49 percent of the employees surveyed stated that they currently work in their home office.