The latest Workmonitor Pulse Survey from Randstad found that 42% of blue-collar workers and 48% of grey-collar workers consider job flexibility as or more important than pay, a portion nearly as high as their white-collar counterparts (54%). Gray-collar workers are in roles that provide a service, and may be customer-facing, but they are not based in an office. They include jobs like engineers, IT professionals, and child care workers. Blue-collar jobs are those that involve mainly manual labor, like construction workers, mechanics, and machine operators.
U.S. workplaces are familiar with flexible work arrangements for office workers. But we tend to think of non-office workers as always having fixed, rigid, on-site schedules. This may not be so true. More companies are now offering novel, flexible work arrangements for other kinds of workers as well.
Sander van ‘t Noordende writes in Forbes that more flexible working hours, locations, and self-scheduling benefits can provide many of the same benefits to gray and blue-collar workers. "In a post-pandemic world of work, the global workforce is clearly seeking jobs that fit around people’s lives rather than the other way around," van ‘t Noordende says. "By considering unique ways to fulfill their employees’ desire for greater flexibility, organizations are better positioned to overcome the challenges of talent scarcity for many years to come."
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