What is going on with mobile and flexible workplaces?

This was the question posed to Human Resources thought leaders who recently gathered to share insight, information and opinions on this topic. Facilitated by ROI Search Partners and hosted by RJ Morris at McCarthy Building Companies, roundtable participants discussed best practices and shared innovative ideas to attract and retain talent.

Acknowledging there is no one size fits all for attracting this new, mobile workforce, forum members shared information about perks companies are now offering. Various perks discussed included encouraging mothers to bring their newborns to work, offering employees four-week sabbaticals after five years of employment and providing stipends for employees to use while volunteering in the community. Listening to current employees is imperative in determining what can be done to attract and retain a strong workforce, and a number of participants have found employee surveys to be beneficial in gleaning information.

Research shows many job seekers, specifically millennials, are likely to choose workplace flexibility over pay. And, while data indicates a number of key benefits among telecommuters, including lower stress, higher employee productivity and morale, not all companies are making the shift. The group did agree that most employees — potential, current, remote and otherwise — are seeking a connection and want to be engaged.