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Our ‘Do More With Less’ Workplace Puts Emphasis On Flexibility Over Money

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"Anywhere-anytime" adaptability is aiding new wave of entrepreneurs, helping small businesses keep going, as big companies seek to reinvent themselves

What kind of workers say no to pay raises and yes to longer hours?

It's the new "Do More With Less" work force, a first-time ever blend of Baby Boomers, Gen X'ers and Gen Y's, who have the combined skills and temperaments to enable companies - particularly the anticipated new wave of start-ups -- to move forward through these volatile economic times.

Why is this workforce different from any other? Because a flexible work arrangement is paramount, trumping raises, promotions, job titles, corner offices, and other perks for the ability to control the work environment and work some or much of the time virtually.

It's also the type of workforce whose time has come - the current economic crisis means all businesses will have to figure out how to do more with less.

"The one common link among women in these three generations is flexibility," says Flexible Resources President Nadine Mocker.  "We have Boomers who had to establish their careers in a traditional workplace with no hope of flexibility who are now able to step in as consultants, part-time professionals, and as managers. They will also be needed to mentor young Gen Y executives who strive on constant feedback, who are techno-savvy and possess a roll-up-your sleeves mentality yet who seek collaboration. And we have the Gen X group which learned from the start how to demand - and get - flexible work arrangements.

For existing businesses that have slashed payrolls, and laid off professionals who will create the biggest wave of entrepreneurism we have ever seen, this new blended workforce is the perfect mix of focused, adaptable, productive professionals who can take any company forward, without demanding top pay and perks, who aren't afraid to put in long hours - as long as they can control where and when they work.

"If you're a manager or an entrepreneur you are going to have to figure how to do more with less," says Ms. Mocker's partner Laurie Young. "You will have to work with a lean budget, increase productivity, ask employees to work longer hours with fewer perks and less compensation. The only way to make that happen is to offer flexibility, so employees can work most efficiently, when and where they are needed. That might mean working at home in the middle of the night with a client on the other side of the globe.  This workforce is the most resourceful and is best equipped to handle the workplace that will result when the dust settles."

The blended workforce represents the gamut of skill sets, expertise and characteristics required for success.

"Businesses need to reach out to professionals who are willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done, as long as they maintain control over their workplace," said Ms. Mocker.  "Results, not face time are what count now. This three-generation workforce possesses top expertise, people of all ages who can hit the ground running. The youngest ones possess the highest level of technical know-how, mixed in with older professionals who can motivate, manage, and mentor while juggling their own assignments.  These characteristics make up the new blended workforce, and it's the workforce that can take companies - old and new - forward."


Contact: Redbird Communications, Joyce G. Fredo