Your Money or Your Life?
By Rebeldad Brian Reid
Deloitte released a report last month on how tech companies could get and retain talent. It was fairly standard consulting company stuff, with the colorful graphs and specific figures that confirm what most of us already suspect about human resources: Everyone wants more smart people.
Toward the end of the report, the authors start trying to give businesses some hints on how to attract those smart people, and the report makes the claim the work-life balance will be a driving force in keeping workers happy. Actually, the Deloitte report makes clear that it dislikes the term "work-life balance," noting that "work-life balance ... often amounts to working less."
Instead, they place a great deal of emphasis on letting employees work hard on their own terms, which appears to mean schedules that are flexible when it comes down to where and when that work gets done.
The report all but says that flexibility will soon be more important than salaries and bonus, if it isn't already, which is a pretty remarkable claim. As we spiral into a recession (maybe), I'm guessing that strong work-life policies will be a nice-to-have, not a have-to-have, even for folks in easily mobile fields like technology. Sure, I've picked my last couple of jobs based in part on the flexibility they've offered, but the salary has come in at the right range, too, so I don't feel like I've traded earning power for the home office.
How about you: When it comes to looking for a new job, how much is flexibility worth to you? What kind of a pay cut would you be willing to take for the ability to skip the office or work a nontraditional schedule? And for those of you who already have that flexibility, what's the dollar amount you'd require to give it up?
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