Now, I’m not saying that companies struggling to attract the best people are running Victorian workhouses, but they could be outdated and, as a result, not able to recruit the quality of people they need.Because of the skills shortage, there is a premium of good people out there, which in the past pushed wages up, but this is now influencing recruitment because of lifestyle choices. This has been backed up by some research from McDonalds, which has become the ultimate modern workplace in terms of it meeting the evolving needs of its customers.
The death of 9-5 cultureAccording to its YouGov study, which also includes in excess of 120,000 workers from the fast food chain, more than half of UK adults want to move away from traditional working patterns, preferring to choose jobs that enable them to work flexibly. In our changing world there is no such thing any more as a normal working day. Dolly Parton singing ‘9 to 5’ is as relevant to modern society as her singing a song about VHS recorders or even chamber pots, as according to the survey only a small number of people are working those traditional shifts. Jobs that offer earlier starts and shorter working weeks are most appealing to job seekers, an estimated 58% of people in full-time employment would like to start earlier than 9am and finish before 5pm. Workplaces that can evolve, where possible, to these changes in society will be the ones that have a greater chance of attracting the best people and delivering the growth they need. As a 24/7 business, this is very evident at Pimlico where we have a blend of people who are keen to work all manner of shifts to fit in with their lifestyles and therefore give 100 percent from the moment they start work, whatever time that is!
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