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It’s All About Balance: 
Flexibility Can Tip the Scale for Candidates

MILWAUKEE, July 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- When two-thirds of candidates believe they don't need to be sitting at a desk to get their work done, it's clear that workplace flexibility has become a top priority for today's job seekers. In fact, nearly 40 percent of global candidates report that schedule flexibility is one of the top three factors they consider when making career decisions. This is according to new research from ManpowerGroup Solutions, the world's largest RPO (Recruitment Process outsourcing) provider, part of ManpowerGroup (NYSE: MAN). In Work, for Me: Understanding Candidate Preferences for Flexibility, ManpowerGroup Solutions shares both the immediate steps and the long-term actions that companies can take to better meet their prospective employees' preferences around flexibility.

ManpowerGroup Solutions asked nearly 14,000 individuals in 19 countries what matters to them in the job search process. When it comes to workplace flexibility, the survey found:

·     Flexible arrival and departure times and full-time work from home/location independence are generally the most desired types of flexible workplace policies. Twenty-six percent of global candidates say flexible arrival and departure times are most important, followed closely by the ability to work from home or any other place they choose (22 percent).

·     The rise in the importance of schedule flexibility is driven by a wide range of local factors. These include the presence of multinational companies or unions in that location; the influence of technology firms in the marketplace; workforce composition, such as proportion of Millennials; and congestion, infrastructure or public transportation that can impact commuting times.

"Workplace flexibility doesn't just mean working remotely. It includes all types of working arrangements, from when to take breaks, working from home or caregiving leave. While no employer can accommodate every option, they can provide a range that appeal to a variety of candidates," said Kate Donovan, Senior Vice President of ManpowerGroup Solutions and Global RPO President. "It's clear that candidates across the globe seek a way to achieve 'One Life,' which means integrating work and home life. Organizations need to be ready to drop old work models that emphasize presenteeism over performance. It's time to shift the needle – employers who meet candidate expectations around schedule flexibility have the advantage in recruiting and retaining the best talent."

Knowing how schedule flexibility is a priority for today's job seekers, ManpowerGroup Solutions shares key practical recommendations for employers in a world of flexible workplaces:

·   Take baby steps. A company does not have to force the transition from traditional to virtual workplace overnight. Shift to a 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. schedule or designate a number of remote working flex days to combat long commute times.

·    Normalize existing flexibility policies. Neutralize flexibility stigma by changing company culture to make working outside the office acceptable. It starts from the top – leaders need to be transparent and lead by example.

·     Align incentives with outcomes. Replacing face-time requirements with logged hours on a virtual private network (VPN) can be perceived by employees as inauthentic. Instead, set goals and deadlines – if employees meet them, managers can worry less about clocking in and out.

To learn more about ManpowerGroup Solutions' global candidate preferences research and download Work,for Me: Understanding Candidate Preferences for Flexibility, visit

About ManpowerGroup Solutions

ManpowerGroup Solutions provides clients with outsourcing services related to human resources functions, primarily in the areas of large-scale recruiting and workforce-intensive initiatives that are outcome-based, thereby sharing in the risk and reward with our clients. Our solutions offerings include TAPFIN-Managed Service Provider, Strategic Workforce Consulting, Borderless Talent Solutions, Talent Based Outsourcing and Recruitment Process Outsourcing, where we are one of the largest providers of permanent and contingent recruitment in the world. ManpowerGroup Solutions is part of the ManpowerGroup family of companies, which also includes Manpower, Experis, and Right Management. More information at

About ManpowerGroup

ManpowerGroup® (NYSE: MAN), the leading global workforce solutions company, helps organizations transform in a fast-changing world of work by sourcing, assessing, developing and managing the talent that enables them to win. We develop innovative solutions for over 400,000 clients and connect 3+ million people to meaningful, sustainable work across a wide range of industries and skills. Our expert family of brands – Manpower®, Experis®, Right Management® and ManpowerGroup® Solutions – creates substantially more value for candidates and clients across 80 countries and territories and has done so for nearly 70 years. In 2017, ManpowerGroup was named one of the World's Most Ethical Companies for the seventh consecutive year and one of Fortune's Most Admired Companies, confirming our position as the most trusted and admired brand in the industry. See how ManpowerGroup is powering the future of work:

About ManpowerGroup Vietnam

Established in 2008 in Vietnam with two (02) offices in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, ManpowerGroup Vietnam is the first 100% FDI Company in the resource consulting market providing comprehensive consulting solutions in a wide variety of areas and as a strategic partner. The Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs.

We provide comprehensive human resources solutions such as:

  • Talent Driven Outsourcing

  • Recruitment and Assessment 

  • Talent and Career Management