Is Workplace Flexibility King?

17 February 2023
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The Achievers Workforce Institute’s 2023 Engagement and Retention Report states that for the first time in the six years that we have been doing this research, work flexibility is the No. 1 reason to job hunt in 2023.

The key determining factor for hybrid success is empowering employees to choose how they like to work. AWI found that workers who say they can work in the way they prefer are more than twice as likely to be highly engaged and 22% more likely not to job hunt.

Organisations that view flexibility as a way of supporting employees in living full lives and meeting all their personal and professional responsibilities will implement policies that balance true flexibility with employee wants and needs.


Flexibility in Action


Which of the following four characteristics determine your own or your employee work habits?

  • In-office: Local employee who spends most days in the office.
  • Hybrid: Local employee who works in the office for two-plus days a week, with the flexibility to work the rest of the week remotely.
  • Remote by choice: Local employee who spends most days at home but will come to the office for organizational and team events.
  • Remote: Long-distance employee who is 100% remote and rarely or never comes to the office for team events.


The report ends with:

Before employers move to instate new flexibility strategies to improve employee wellbeing, there’s a crucial first step, ask employees what wellbeing really means to them so that you can design the strategy around that.

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