New Research: Flexibility Increases Employees’ Sense Of Belonging

New research shows that there is a link between flexibility and sense of belonging for global workers

A new Ernst & Young survey found that there is a link between flexibility and belonging for global workers. This is important in a continued tight labor market where we already know that a sense of belonging also increases retention, creativity and productivity. Yet, 75% of global respondents reported feeling excluded at work, and 56% feel that they can’t share dimensions of their identity while at work. Lastly, 45% of respondents shared that flexible working, including autonomy in choosing hours and location, was their top motivator for instilling diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) within their own teams. For those in leadership roles, flexibility is key to differentiation in today’s workplace.

Why Do Leaders Resist Flexibility?

Most senior-level leaders grew up under the “traditional worker” mindset where men were more likely to occupy leadership roles with stay-at-home partners to help with tasks outside of work. The preference for workers to always be “on,” respond to emails right away, be visible in the office for more hours, have back-to-back meeting schedules and emphasize being busy over actual results is outdated. While this was the blueprint for past leadership, the “traditional worker” model needs to shift to reflect the values of today’s diverse generational needs…….


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