Workplace flexibility as a talent management policy is no longer an option; it is an essential practice that enables organisations to attract and develop skilled talent. The practice is rapidly becoming a win-win: reflective of employee and employer needs, and for Capetonian employees specifically, achieving and maintaining a work-life balance is serious business.
ManpowerGroup South Africa’s managing director, Lyndy van den Barselaar, believes that Cape Town businesses can realise higher degrees of productivity from their employees if they opt for international best practices that promote a better work life balance – such as offering flexihours.
The ManpowerGroup Solutions’ Global Candidate Preferences Survey entitled Work, for Me asked 14 000 people aged between 18-65 years across 19 influential employment countries what mattered most to them in the job search process. Says van den Barselaar, “The results were not surprising. Globally, businesses that adopt a workforce policy that favours flexitime attract the best talent, and Cape Town is one city that certainly understands this”.
Cape Town attracts both local and international employees to its shores. The city’s beauty, culture, heritage, outdoor lifestyle, and social activities have garnered international attention, making the city a desirable destination for many people. However, if employees are not able to spend time enjoying these attractions they may be less willing to take on employment opportunities.