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Workplace Flexibility: What’s in store?

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Workplace Flexibility

The world of work is still debating the relevance of workplace flexibility; however, employees are clear on redefining today’s working model. In this blog, we decided to cover what the future working model is expected to look like during 2023 and the impacts on Tech Recruitment and FMCG Recruitment. This article focuses specifically on workplace flexibility, for a more detailed view on Tech Recruitment and FMCG Recruitment, check out ‘Tech Recruitment UK: Navigating the Competitive Landscape‘ and ‘FMCG Recruitment Trends and Strategies‘. 

As 2022 began, there were many businesses that had adapted to a working style that was altered by the Covid-19 pandemic, implementing hybrid and remote working techniques. By May 2022, Office of National Statistics data showed that the workforce had settled into a pattern, where around a fifth of UK workers worked part of the week from an office and the remainder from their homes or somewhere else.

Last year, we also saw the start of a four-day work week trial – and the results had shown much higher productivity levels and happiness amongst the workers. This encouraged conversations about the shorter workweek becoming mainstream within the decade.

People are seeing work differently. Data from LinkedIn has shown that more than a third of workers have said they would quit if they were asked to return back to the office full-time. The Future Forum have also found that 65% of UK workers are seeking significant flexibility in their working schedule. Adding to these statistics, the government recently announced in early December that they plan to bring in a new legislation – allowing people the right to request flexible work from their first day in a role, instead of having to wait 26 weeks.

There is nothing more rewarding than the workforce having an opportunity to work at their own pace and convenience – this will make many businesses stand out, attract new talent, whilst also retaining their own employees for a longer period.

With the recession creeping up and some sectors, including ‘big tech’, experiencing significant layoffs – should we expect to return to the pre-pandemic days consisting of five days in office? Here’s what people are looking for:

Compressed timetables

Most employees are expected to complete an eight-hour shift, five days a week. However, employees with compressed schedules will finish their 40-hour work week in just four days. Although this involves much longer workdays, it results in an additional day off during the week – and most employees will choose to have Mondays or Fridays off to make the most of a three-day weekend. There are plenty of organisations who have adopted the four-day work week without any salary cuts, showing a great acceptance of the flexible working model.

Flexible times

Workers who work flexible hours are able to start and stop their workday whenever they please. Employees are given full responsibility to set their own shifts, provided they remain productive, meet the deadlines, and produce work to the best of their abilities. There are even some circumstances where workers may be permitted to work less than 40 hours per week.

Remote work

Working remotely is extremely common in workplace flexibility. As long as you have a stable internet connection, you have the option to carry out business from your home, a local coffee shop, and even in further locations. Usually, remote workers are also able to have the option of working flexible hours.

The Benefits of Workplace Flexibility

Flexible working can also be extremely attractive to employers too. Some of those benefits include the following:

Higher employee retention

Staff turnover is usually extremely expensive and even time-consuming for most organisations. If an employee of yours is seeking more of a flexible working model, and you don’t offer that, they can end up looking for a new role elsewhere and even heading over to a competitor. Offering flexible opportunities will help to retain your existing and future employees.

Increased productivity

Productivity is essential in any role within the workplace and studies have shown that introducing flexibility in the work environment improves productivity levels as a whole.

Higher engagement

Creating a working environment that shows respect and empowers employees is definitely a way to improve employee engagement. By letting your employees work flexibly, this shows that you trust and can rely on them to get their work done through their own initiative.

If an employee feels that their company cares for them and their wellbeing, they will be more engaged with the company and their work. Not only will it improve an individual’s productivity, but it can also contribute to the overall team’s morale.

Increased diversity

With most candidates now looking for workplace flexibility, not offering this can limit your candidate pool drastically. Limiting your job offerings means that there are less people who can work the exact role, just from different locations or needing different hours. By creating flexible working schedules, you may find the perfect candidate for your company.

To conclude, 2023 will definitely experience changes in the traditional corporate culture. These changes will need to favour flexibility in the workplace in order to induce positivity amongst workers for stronger recruitment and retention opportunities, as this is what people want from the world of work.

Organisations have acknowledged that flexibility is essential for success with both the employer and employees – with the vast majority of employees preferring remote or hybrid working models and having the flexibility to work from anywhere and at any time.

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Culture Fit & Soft Skills

Something Talented Recruitment Group has witnessed over recent years is the growing importance surrounding Culture Fit and Soft Skills. These key attributes can no longer be overlooked and are continuing to gain unprecedented attention. Companies are increasingly realising that experience and expertise alone don’t guarantee success, it’s the harmonious blend of experience, expertise and soft skills that propel individuals and teams toward excellence.

In this blog, Talented Recruitment Group delves into soft skills and culture fit, exploring their importance, assessing their impact, and offering guidance on how to evaluate and foster these critical attributes during the interview process.

Understanding Soft Skills

Soft skills, often referred to as interpersonal or people skills, encapsulate a range of attributes that define how individuals interact with others. While technical skills are essential for a candidate’s ability to perform specific job tasks, soft skills are pivotal in determining how effectively these tasks are carried out. Some key soft skills that businesses often look for in their employees:

Communication Skills

Verbal and written communication skills are crucial in conveying ideas, collaborating with team members, and interacting with clients or customers.

Active listening is an integral component, fostering a culture of understanding and empathy within the workplace.

Teamwork and Collaboration

The ability to work seamlessly within a team, understanding and respecting diverse perspectives, and contributing positively to collective goals.

Adaptability and Flexibility

The capacity to navigate change, adapt to new technologies, and adjust to shifting priorities in a dynamic work environment.


Adeptness in analysing challenges, thinking critically and proposing effective solutions.

Time Management

Efficient organisation of tasks, prioritisation, and the ability to meet deadlines without compromising quality.

Emotional Intelligence

Understanding and managing one’s emotions while empathetically navigating the emotions of others.

Leadership Qualities

The ability to inspire and motivate others, take initiative, and lead by example.

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The Impact of Soft Skills on Company Success

Soft skills are not just complementary to technical skills, they are essential for company success. Here’s how they significantly impact various facets of a company:

Enhanced Collaboration

Teams comprising individuals with strong soft skills collaborate more effectively, fostering innovation and creativity.

Improved Customer Relations

Effective communication and empathy translate to better customer interactions, ultimately influencing customer satisfaction and loyalty.

Increased Employee Engagement

A workplace that values and cultivates soft skills experiences higher employee engagement and satisfaction.

Adaptability to Change

In rapidly evolving industries, employees with strong soft skills are more adept at embracing change and navigating uncertainty.

Understanding Culture Fit

Culture fit is the alignment between an individual’s values, beliefs, and work style with those of the company. It goes beyond the skills and qualifications listed on a resume, delving into whether a candidate will thrive and contribute positively to the company’s culture. Achieving a balance between individual values and organisational values is crucial for fostering a healthy and productive work environment. Key Elements of Company Culture include:

Values and Mission

How well an individual’s personal values align with the core values and mission of the company.

Communication Style

The preferred communication channels and styles within the company.

Work Environment

The degree of formality, flexibility, and collaboration within the workplace.

Leadership Style

The leadership approach prevalent in the company and how well it resonates with the candidate.

Team Dynamics

The level of teamwork and collaboration expected, and how well the candidate adapts to such dynamics.

Assessing Culture Fit in the Interview Process

Evaluating soft skills and culture fit during interviews requires a strategic and holistic approach – if you want to learn more about interview tips, check out our ‘Interview Tips: A Candid Candidates Guide‘ blog. Some practical steps to ensure a comprehensive assessment include:

Behavioral Interview Questions

Pose questions that require candidates to share specific examples of how they have demonstrated key soft skills in previous roles. This approach provides insights into their practical application of these skills.

Role-specific Scenarios

Present candidates with hypothetical scenarios related to the role they are interviewing for. Ask how they would approach challenges, work with others, and contribute to the team’s success.

Cultural Fit Questions

Inquire about the candidate’s preferred work environment, communication style, and values. Compare their responses with the company’s culture to assess alignment.

Panel Interviews

Involve multiple interviewers representing different perspectives within the company. This allows for a more comprehensive evaluation of a candidate’s soft skills and cultural fit.

Reference Checks

Where possible and with permission, speak with previous employers, colleagues, or mentors to gain insights into the candidate’s working style, interpersonal skills, and cultural adaptability.

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Fostering Soft Skills and Culture Fit

Once identified, fostering soft skills and cultural fit becomes an ongoing commitment for companies. Strategies to nurture these qualities in the workplace include:

Training and Development Programs

Offer training programs that focus on enhancing communication, teamwork, and leadership skills.

Mentorship Programs

Pair employees with mentors who can provide guidance on navigating the campany’s culture and help them develop essential soft skills.

Feedback and Recognition

Regularly provide constructive feedback and recognise employees who exemplify the desired soft skills and contribute positively to the company’s culture.

Employee Resource Groups

Establish employee resource groups that promote inclusivity, diversity, and a sense of belonging.

Continuous Improvement

Regularly assess the effectiveness of initiatives aimed at fostering soft skills and cultural fit, making adjustments as needed.


In conclusion, the integration of soft skills and cultural fit into the hiring process is not a mere trend but a strategic imperative for companies aiming to secure the best talent in the market.

The ability to communicate effectively, collaborate seamlessly, and align with the company’s culture has a profound impact on individual and collective success. By adopting a comprehensive approach to evaluating, fostering, and continually nurturing these qualities, companies can build a workforce that not only excels in technical competence but also contributes positively to the overall success and sustainability of the company.

If you would like to learn more about building an effect strategy to support your company’s growth plans, please reach out to the team at Talented Recruitment Group.

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