While employee confidence in near- and long-term economic prospects strengthened globally, levels in the U.K. wavered slightly in Q1. Despite widespread political uncertainty, Britain reported record levels of employment and workers emerged as the most positive about their job prospects compared to European peers.
While most of the workforce (46 per cent) remain open to learning about new career opportunities, the strongest incentive for employees to switch employers is to gain greater flexibility in how and where they work. That’s not to say that development and progression isn’t important; a lack of future career opportunities is still the main reason employees give for leaving a company, but more people are willing to trade this for a better work-life balance and flexible working.
As more workers weigh-up their career options, leading organisations are looking at ways to improve employees’ perceptions of flexible working arrangements and development opportunities. By providing more information and greater transparency about the options available to employees, companies can significantly improve performance and retention of top talent.
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