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Recruitment Teams Advocate for Flexible Work Policies

As we continue to explore key trends in recruitment for 2024, we can’t omit the promotion of flexible work policies. It's clear that many employers are insisting on a return to office-based work, which will pose challenges in attracting top talent. Professionals in recruitment, particularly those working for companies mandating in-office presence, report difficulties in hiring, such as smaller talent pools, fewer applicants, and heightened competition. On the other hand, organizations offering flexibility in work location experience positive impacts on recruitment efforts. Flexible work policies result in broader talent pools, increased applicant numbers, and a stronger employer reputation.

The demand for flexible work arrangements is becoming increasingly entrenched, particularly as an attractive proposition for younger generations. According to LinkedIn data, the significance of flexible work as an employee value proposition has risen notably over recent years. This trend is mirrored in candidate behavior on LinkedIn, where employers offering flexible work policies enjoy advantages in hiring, with higher acceptance rates of InMails and greater likelihood of receiving job applications.

Despite a decrease in the number of fully remote roles, interest in remote positions among job seekers remains high. Workers have become accustomed to flexible work setups and are reluctant to relinquish them. While top talent seeks opportunities for innovation and collaboration, they are no longer willing to sacrifice flexibility or family time for career advancement.

Hiring professionals are acutely aware of the demand for flexible work arrangements as they directly receive feedback from candidates. While talent acquisition doesn't dictate policy, these leaders can employ real-time data to advocate for flexible work and influence decision-makers. This involves demonstrating the potential market reach and showcasing successful remote work anecdotes to support the case for flexibility.

Talent Acquisition professionals need to emphasize to business stakeholders how inflexibility in work arrangements narrows the talent pool, while also highlighting the positive reputation garnered by companies with consistent flexible work policies.

If you want to talk about talent acquisition strategy or you're ready to hire in a C-Suite or Senior Finance role, get in touch with us! Email Paul, Brent, Troy, or Tara, or give us a call at 519-673-3463 or 416-847-0036.

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