More potential employees today are taking time during the job interview to inquire about work/life balance options, and businesses are responding accordingly, suggests a recent survey by Robert Half Finance & Accounting recruitment firm.
More than half (57 per cent) of chief financial officers (CFOs) said job candidates are more likely to ask about work/life balance programs when meeting with prospective employers than they were five years ago, and 68 per cent of financial executives reported offering accounting staff some form of alternative scheduling arrangements. The most common were flexible hours, part-time work and job-sharing arrangements.
“As recently as five years ago, it was not as common for job candidates to inquire about flexible scheduling options or other alternative work arrangements during interviews,” said Max Messmer, CEO of Robert Half International and author of Human Resources Kit For Dummies. “But today employers anticipate these requests and are designing programs to accommodate them.”
Messmer pointed out that while policies must be equitable, a “one-size-fits-all” approach is not always practical because different jobs have different levels of flexibility.
“Telecommuting, for example, is often best-suited for professionals who can work autonomously and do not need to be on hand to directly supervise other team members or meet with clients or customers.”