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Incorporating a Mix of Workstyles Can Foster a Modern, Flexible Workplace

The pandemic was an inflection point for the traditional workplace. That 9-5er in the office Monday-Friday has quickly become a thing of the past. In its place is a growing trend toward flexible workstyles that allow people to find better work/life balance and greater happiness, which, as it turns out, leads to higher productivity and greater loyalty to their companies. In order to accommodate this shift, it’s important for companies to understand what it means to incorporate a workstyle. What should you be thinking about to ensure that your company is evolving into a modern workplace where people are excited to work?


Flexible Workstyle Options and What You Need to Know


Let’s start with one of the most common workstyle options that has seen a rise in popularity in recent years (and not just because of the pandemic!): remote work. If you haven’t heard about it by now, it’s time to pull yourself out of isolation. Growth in remote work has increased 159% over the past 12 years (Global Workforce Analytics) and it’s not slowing down. People love the benefits: no commute, more flexibility in scheduling, working from a chosen environment, and the list goes on. Companies get the benefit of increased productivity, greater loyalty, and happier workers. You also get the benefit of vastly broadening your workforce to people living across the country and even the globe. You can offer full-time remote options or test the waters with a hybrid structure, for example three days in the office and two days from home.


Contingent labor—freelancers, contractors, seasonal workers—is a second way to give your company agile workstyle opportunities. From in-office projects to seasonal needs in the field, contingent labor lets you hire people when, where, and for however long you need them. Tapping this resource allows you to quickly adapt to new circumstances and skills as they arise. Being a part of the contingent workforce lets people choose how they use their time and accept jobs that fit their workstyle.


If you still feel like the traditional structure fits your company’s needs best, there are a wealth of opportunities around flexible scheduling to consider that can improve your employees’ workstyles and at the same time cement your business as a forward-thinking modern company. Think unlimited time off (don’t worry, people don’t take as much time as you would think), caregiver leave (not just for moms, but dads and people caring for a loved one as well), unique scheduling options (no Fridays, the ability to start earlier/later or leave earlier later depending on employee preference), and paid time for volunteer hours.


How Opptly Can Help You Incorporate Different Workstyles Easily


Making a shift to a flexible work environment may feel overwhelming especially if your only experience is a traditional setting. Incorporating a variety of workstyles into your hiring strategy can be a huge advantage to finding the qualified workers you need. While it's important to remain nimble in an ever-changing labor market, you need to have a trustworthy and consistent way of sourcing top talent. So, how do you find these people? That’s where Opptly comes in.


Our direct sourcing platform enhances the hiring experience and connects companies and ideal candidates. Our expert curation process and advanced AI technology not only provides you with top talent, but also factors workstyle options into your talent search. A sophisticated attribute filtering system identifies only candidates whose preferred workstyles match a hiring company’s needs—Permanent vs Temporary, Fulltime vs Part-time, or Gig vs Remote—so your top candidates align with your workstyle needs and vice versa.


It doesn’t matter what time of year, how long your project, or where in the country you need help, Opptly’s industry-leading talent solutions ensure you have access to the talent you need, when and how you need it.

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Unpacking the Great Resignation

You don’t have to look far to see firsthand evidence that the U.S. is in the middle of one of the most severe labor shortages in its history. A walk around your own city or town confirms it with countless storefront signs: ‘HELP WANTED,’ ‘APPLY TODAY!’, ‘Now Hiring Friendly Faces.’ Five million people have left the labor force since the start of the pandemic at the beginning of 2020. But where have all the “friendly faces” gone?


The Coronavirus Catalyst


COVID-19 is, of course, central to any Great Resignation conversation. As the pandemic has run its course over the past two years, it’s caused distinct changes in the U.S. economy and labor supply:


  1. Initially, coronavirus impacted the workforce by prompting mass droves of layoffs; as the stock market plummeted amid economic uncertainty, employers released workers who were not essential to the core of their operation. Additionally, boots-on-the-ground businesses (companies not able to conduct work remotely) were forced to close their doors in conjunction with quarantine mandates and faced months of minuscule to nonexistent profit margins. Businesses that were able to stay afloat had no choice but to dramatically cut back on staff. It is estimated that over 30 million Americans lost their jobs in the spring of 2020.
  2. It didn’t take long for many of those workers who managed to hang on to their jobs amid the evolving pandemic-scape to become disillusioned with the “new normal.” Whether working double-time to make up for dismissed coworkers or just suffering from burnout (especially prevalent in the healthcare fields), nearly one-fifth of workers reported dissatisfaction with how they were treated by employers during the early phases of the coronavirus. This brought the first wave of voluntary “job separation,” heralding the coming tsunami of resignations.
  3. Meanwhile, other employees opted out of their paychecks over safety concerns regarding increased exposure to potentially infected customers or colleagues. This is especially true in the restaurant and retail industries, where the “quit rate” was more than double the overall national figure (as of October 2021).


Let’s consider the numbers. Whatever the resignation justification, research shows that 20% of people quit to follow their passions, forge a new career path, or switch industries. Similarly, another 20% of people reported that the pandemic pushed them to pursue, specifically and exclusively, roles that are conducive to remote work.


November 2021 saw the country’s record resignation rate, topping out at 4.5 million accumulative “quits” for a total of 6.9 million unemployed Americans. With November’s 10.6 million job openings, each one of these 6.9 million unemployed Americans had an average of 1.5 available jobs to choose from—the highest ratio in over 20 years. What does it mean when there is both a record number of out-of-work people and a record number of positions for them to fill? The United States workforce is choosier than ever before.


At Opptly, we pay close attention to that particular point, having built our direct sourcing platform around the specific goal of making ideal matches between opportunity seekers and hiring companies—matches not simply based on job descriptions but also on extrapolated “softer” skills and an understanding of people’s workstyle needs and wants.


Supply and (Workers’) Demand


What is keeping the supply of workers from filling the demand of job openings? One deterrent is that issue of workstyle needs, especially the ability to work remotely. Surveys show that the majority (54 percent) of workers prefer a job that lets them work from home, but only ten percent of jobs currently offer that option.


Not only does Opptly’s specialization in finding candidates everywhere to fill roles anywhere align well with the remote-work trend, our focus on matching the right person with the right work opportunity helps minimize the second guessing, worker burnout, and employee regret that have caused so many people to walk out on their employers.


Of course, the demand for more flexible work models is not the only factor curbing the workforce. Many of the employees who left their jobs to fill their own need for childcare have chosen to remain at home, having found a happy equilibrium in their new circumstances. Another portion of the unemployed is still living off stimulus checks and/or unemployment benefits. For some people, the weekly allowances of these benefits may be comparable to the wages they were previously earning. In both cases, the financial cushion allows them to take time to find more satisfying or rewarding work.


Yet another factor is pandemic anxiety; that same fear of infection that caused many workers to resign in the first place may find potential workers preferring to stick to the sidelines, especially those who work in customer-facing industries like hospitality, travel, restaurant, and retail.

Regardless of each person’s reason for remaining unemployed, their decision to do so (en masse) has culminated in one hard-to-swallow pill for businesses: the power of choice resides with the workforce. The ball is in employers’ court to raise wages, offer generous sign-on bonuses, and where possible, bend business models to accommodate things like remote work or flexible schedules.


The Good News


When considered from another angle, the Great Resignation becomes a rich field of opportunity within the talent acquisition landscape. In fact, economists are flagging these trends as a sign of a very robust economy, one with a “healthy dynamism.” More workers than ever are looking to find their ideal, not just their next job. More companies than ever are looking to hire top talent. If that’s not the ripe situation for a direct sourcing platform, we’re not sure what is.


The circumstances have never been better to do what Opptly does best: connect great people with great work. Ready to let us help you leverage this new pool of talented candidates? Get in touch.




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Done Right, Direct Sourcing Will Deliver Top Talent. Here’s How.

Without a doubt, direct sourcing is a game changer for the way companies attract and acquire talent. The combination of sophisticated AI matching technology and a modern, candidate-friendly experience helps streamline the process, delivering more targeted results and making the entire process better for both candidates and hiring teams. Win. Win. Win.


But companies who (smartly) pursue a direct sourcing initiative should be aware that it can’t fix every hiring challenge. In fact, you can have solid opportunities, the most laser targeted job descriptions, and access to millions of candidates, and still not get the results you need.


What can cause that kind of drag on hiring outcomes? There are a few potential factors. Geographic challenges, for one. On-location jobs in remote and/or not ideal locations have a disadvantage right out the gate. And in some areas, there simply aren’t enough workers to fill the number of openings. But if these aren’t factors, and you’re still not getting results, there’s another likely culprit: pay rate.


It’s no secret that, these days, it’s a workers’ market. And while money may not be the only thing workers care about, it’s probably in the top three. When Opptly takes on a new direct sourcing client, we do our homework, researching not only what the client’s industry competitors are paying workers in similar roles, but what their geographic hiring competitors are paying.


Think about it. If you have 1,000 jobs to fill in a particular city, and you’re offering $16.50/hour while a neighboring company is offering $25.00/hour, you’re going to have an uphill battle filling those jobs.


Hang on, you say, we have way better benefits and higher job satisfaction than those other companies. That may be, but it’s likely the pay discrepancy will eclipse those other factors. In fact, your job postings may not even make it through a candidate’s own screening process. Fewer applicants means fewer qualified candidates and more unfilled jobs.


To best help companies succeed with their direct sourcing program, Opptly starts by pulling together essential data and reporting on critical criteria including:

  • Number of posted jobs in the hiring city/region
  • Number of active candidates
  • Job-to-candidate ratios
  • Top 5 competitors for candidates
  • Pay rate variance between the client and their top 5 competitors
  • Signing bonus info
  • Work flexibility


We get it. Sometimes it’s just not feasible to go toe-to-toe on hourly rate with neighboring companies. At that point, you need to weigh the cost of paying a higher rate versus the cost of unmet production. In some cases, reducing that discrepancy steepness, even if you can’t match it, will at least keep your jobs from being filtered out. And perhaps consider other creative compensation or incentives that can be highlighted in the job description. Job satisfaction, as long as it can be quantified or backed up in some way, may be sufficient to attract candidates that might be scared off by negative press associated with your competitors.


It may be cliché, but it’s 100% true that your success is our success. Your Opptly team will create a direct sourcing program that’s built around your goals and needs. If, at the outset, we feel hindered by the criteria we’re working with, we’ll let you know and partner with you to make adjustments. Once launched, we’ll also closely monitor results and keep our finger on the pulse of the surrounding hiring environment, making updates as needed to ensure we’re delivering candidates that reflect both quantity and quality.


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