When thinking about your dream job or imagining the perfect company to work for, what key attributes would it have? It’s no surprise that most career seekers, and even those currently employed, would state flexibility as their number one requirement.
It wasn’t long ago that most companies, especially those in the San Francisco Bay Area, didn’t have the word “flexibility” in their vocabularies. As an employee, you were required to be in the office a certain amount of hours, typically Monday through Friday, with no flexibility at all. Fortunately, times have changed - from strict in-office hours, to having laptops to use at home, to Blackberries and connecting to work from a mobile device, and now the ability to be connected anywhere and at anytime with any device. While it can seem like employers are looking to have their employees connected twenty-four hours a day, it also gives workers the opportunity to have a lot of flexibility.
So, what does this mean for career seekers today? There are more opportunities than ever before to have the flexibility that you require - whether you are a new parent that wants to re-enter the workforce, someone that is looking to exit the workforce and wants more time to do other things, or a millennial that craves the time to do your own thing. Additionally, the form of career flexibility is also becoming endless - it can be part-time, full-time telecommute, job sharing, unlimited paid time off, or compressed work weeks. The nature of where, when and how work is done is changing to finally meet the needs of the employee. Employers understand that a happy employee makes for a better employee!
When looking for your next move, remember to factor in the flexibility that you require, and make sure that the fit will be good for you.
Happy career flexibility hunting!