A growing number of hourly workers nationwide say they want more flexibility in their jobs, a trend accelerated by the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a recent survey from staffing technology firm MyWorkChoice.
North Carolina-based MyWorkChoice, which offers a scheduling app for employers and employees, surveyed more than 900 hourly workers in May and found that a growing number are seeking flexible work hours and scheduling tools as a way to deal with the challenges associated with the pandemic. Three-quarters of respondents said they want flexibility in their jobs and 70% said they would like the ability to use a mobile app to schedule their shifts, according to the study. In addition, 30% of respondents said they can’t return to scheduled hourly shifts due to family responsibilities resulting from the pandemic. Respondents included workers employed at warehouses, manufacturing facilities, and food distributors.
“While a growing sentiment pre-Covid-19, companies realize now more than ever that they can utilize flexibility to best attract, recruit, and retain today’s hourly workforce,” the researchers said in a statement announcing the survey’s findings. “Survey findings bear this out, revealing the ability for employees to choose when and how much to work through an app-based technology appealed to nearly 70% of respondents.”
Also, the survey found that as a result of additional responsibilities and conflicts, almost one out of five workers reported that 10-12 hour shifts would be “extremely or very unattractive in the post-Covid workforce environment.” What’s more, the ability for employees to choose when and how much they work surpassed their preference for a specific type of job by 20 basis points, the researchers said.
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“The ability for companies to manage workforce operations and build in scalability amidst an uncertain economic period can be aided by flexibility,” the researchers also said.
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