Randstad Singapore - the largest global HR solutions agency - revealed in a study that 42% of local respondents want a flexible work option of working from home and the office after the pandemic. A further 14% of respondents said that they prefer to work remotely from home all the time.

The Randstad Workmonitor survey highlights the greatest concerns and challenges candidates are facing in the employment market. The 2020 2H Workmonitor survey was conducted in October across 34 markets around the world, with a minimum of 400 respondents in each market.

finding work-life balance without compromising organisational culture

Candidate and employee expectations are changing, and it is critical for employers to take actions to meet these aspirations. Even with the vaccination programme being rolled out in Singapore, the future of work has already fundamentally changed. The ideal of ‘remote working’ that we once had is possible. Employers will need to define work arrangements in the new normal and redesign their workforce structure to incorporate flexible working arrangements in the future, while retaining its organisational culture, positive work environment and work productivity.

The survey further reveals that 19% of respondents want flexible working hours and 11% want to work from home whenever they want.

impact of flexible working hours on work life balance
impact of flexible working hours on work life balance

changing candidate expectations in the ‘new normal’

Besides flexible work arrangements, candidates also have other expectations that may have arisen due to the global pandemic. Here are the top five values and initiatives that workers expect from their employers in a post-COVID-19 world.

I would like or expect the following values / initiatives in a job post-COVID-19

Salary protection
Training opportunities
Health policies and safety protocols
Job security
Health insurance

There is a much higher expectation on employers to step up to ensure their workers’ safety and employability. While there is no need for companies to fulfil all these new expectations all at once, especially smaller companies with fewer resources, employers need to be aware of the gaps in the ‘new normal’.

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Randstad conducts the Workmonitor survey twice a year to explore the changes in candidates’ expectations and challenges to help employers manage their talent attraction and employee engagement strategies.

Besides Workmonitor surveys, our recruiting consultants at Randstad Singapore regularly prepare market maps and surveys to keep ourselves up-to-date with the latest talent movements and workforce trends. Connect with us if you want to know more about what’s happening in your space.

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