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73% Mauritians say flexible working improves staff retention: Regus survey

73% Mauritians say flexible working improves staff retention: Regus survey

A staggering 80% stated that they would choose one job over a similar one, if it offered flexible working, according to the survey by global workplace provider Regus. (Image: Company)

A survey by global workplace provider Regus revealed that business people in Mauritius feel flexible work options make or break job offers for them.

A staggering 80% stated that they would choose one job over a similar one, if it offered flexible working while as many as 73% confirm that flexible working also improves staff retention, according to survey findings.

Recruitment is an expensive process that many global businesses are keen to reduce.

The statistics speak for themselves: a new recruit only achieves up to 60% output in the first three months of employment and it takes at least six months for an employee to become a value-adding resource.

The survey confirms that, in Mauritius, flexible working can be used to avoid employee churn (and the consequent expense of recruitment agencies) as 74% of respondents point to flexible working as a perk that attracts top talent.

The research also found that 70% of respondents say offering flexible working makes employees more loyal while 60% of workers would actually turn down a job that ruled out flexible working.

On the attrition front, 63% say they would have stayed longer in their last position had flexible working been an option.

“Hiring and retaining top talent is an age-old priority for successful businesses, but not all companies can afford to offer golden bonuses or mouth-watering salaries while remaining competitive,” says Joanne Bushell, VP for Africa at Regus.

Stemming churn is also vital to avoid incurring recruitment agency costs and the inconvenience of starting the hiring process, she adds.

The opinions of more than 20,000 senior executives and business owners across 95 countries were canvassed for the survey.

Company Profile

Regus

Regus is the global workplace provider with a network of more than 1,700 business centres in 100 countries, providing convenient, high-quality, fully serviced spaces for people to work.

Companies like Google, Toshiba and GlaxoSmithKline choose Regus so that they can work flexibly and make their businesses more successful.

Founded in Brussels, Belgium, in 1989, Regus is based in Luxembourg and listed on the London Stock Exchange.

Source: Company

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