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Flexible hours top work wish list: survey

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 19/12/2016
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As workers prepare to unwind over the Christmas-New Year break, topping their wish list for 2017 isn't more holiday time.

Outside of increased pay, most say they want more flexible working hours, according to a survey commissioned by recruitment company Robert Half.

The results show that more than half of New Zealand employees are keener on lifestyle benefits than more time off, when thinking about non-financial rewards.

The survey asked 100 chief financial officers and finance leaders what their company employees wanted most other than extra remuneration.

Around 55 per cent listed flexible working hours, whereas just 23 per cent said their employees would prefer more holidays.

"It appears, above all else, Kiwi workers would prefer a more flexible attitude towards their set working hours rather than more time off or other non-financial incentives," Robert Half New Zealand general manager Megan Alexander said.

" These benefits can go both ways, as the potential advantages for employers are well-known - such as reduced costs, improved output and increasing employee loyalty."

EMPLOYEES' WISH LIST OTHER THAN MORE PAY

* More flexible work hours - 55 per cent

* More holidays/annual leave - 23 per cent

* Home office/telecommuting - 10 per cent

* More training or professional development - 5 per cent

* Other corporate benefits, eg, childcare, laundry, gym - 7 per cent.

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