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24th June 2016

Campuses are preferring jobs with a better work life balance

Gen Z is increasingly opting for companies that offer a better work life balance. A good compensation package alone is no longer the only point of attraction.  The excitement among the students for companies like Facebook, Google, IBM and many more organizations that offer flexi work policies is indicative of the shape of things to come.  HR Managers have realized that flexi work policies are now essential to attract and retain the best in class talent.  We decided to check this out by connecting with several campuses in Pune.

The MyKindOfJob.com Initiative at Pune

Ankit Bansal, CEO, MyKindOfJob.com, recently visited several campuses in Pune; to help in getting ready for  flexi job options  which can prove to be dream jobs for many students. Full list of institutes, met at Pune, has been mentioned at the end of the article with a thank you note. The main purpose was to increase awareness about flexi work options as well as spreading awareness about benefits of using the  mykindofjob.com portal.   It’s  important for new entrants to know that flexi work no longer means only  part time or freelancing jobs. Flexi work design now applies to even full time jobs.

MyKindOfJob.com portal has already connected over 60,000 flexi job seekers with the job providers. Registration for the job seekers is free at the moment and any one can simply visit and fill in the details in a very user friendly form.

New trends in the job market 

“ In the Generations Go survey, conducted by EY, covering nearly 10,000 people across the globe, it was found that flexibility and ambition go hand in hand - 75% of millennials (men and women) want the ability to work flexibly without stigma and still be on track for promotion. At Ernst & Young, we allow telecommuting & part time working by reducing the office work hours to 4 per day.  This allows a lot time for attending to home related responsibilities while still being able to complete the job with freedom to choose their own work time slots at home” said Sandeep Kohli, National Director- Human Resources, Ernst & Young in one of his recent interviews to the MyKindOfJob.com. Several other HR heads had similar thoughts to share.

Job designs are changing

HR Managers have realized that the job designs have to change in view of the changed aspirations of the new generation, however they are cautious too. According to Shampi, Founder, P-Quotient & the former Global Chief People Officer of NIIT, “Flexi mode of working can be given to employees who are a proven culture fit and have the maturity to maximize it from an efficiency and effectiveness perspective.  Fresher from campuses should ideally spend 12-18 months on a full time basis at the work place and then, if found suitable, they can be given flexi work options.” This simply means that the students need to be made aware of the flexi work companies and then groomed for jobs in a flexi work culture.  The readers of this report can visit the articles section,at the bottom of MyKindOfJob.com portal home page, to refer to several interviews and informative articles on the companies that are offering flexi jobs in India.

Flexi work options are on the rise

Future of flexi work is now and no longer in a distant future. Over the past few years, new generation of employees have impacted the employers’ outlook in many ways. One of the HR Managers recently shared that while the Generation Y is only demanding flexibility in the job designs, Generation Z would demand it as a right. Various studies indicate that Gen Z is more focused on their dream job which will allow them time to pursue their hobbies & interests along with a job. Technology has made it possible for people to work from any place any time so it is only logical for the organizations to switch over from the 9 to 5 fixed office timing format.

Generation Z has high aspirations and is highly motivated to climb the ladder but does not prefer the rat race format where success was achieved at the cost of health and by ignoring hobbies, interests and even quality time with the family. The changed expectations and the tendency to hop several jobs to get varied experiences is a key concern area. To meet this challenge, the HR Managers are now designing career progression in such a way that the employees can get varied experience in the same organization along with a better quality of life. The choice is really between attracting and retaining talent by changing the job descriptions or otherwise losing out due to old and rigid job designs.

Students need grooming

Opportunities for jobs that offer a good work life balance are in plenty but the students need to be highly disciplined and process oriented. Mere ease with technology will not be adequate. Flexi work would require a person to be available online and offline with strict time discipline. Indiscipline will become a disqualifier. The students have to understand that tasks have to be completed with deadlines; otherwise just one incompetent person can hold the progress of an entire team. Flexi work culture also requires a high level of inter-dependence among the team members, specially for project related jobs, so the students have to be taught the value of collaboration. Several studies have shown that flexi work policies do not work with all types of individuals. Flexi jobs are usually preferred by the competent professionals only who do not need to hide their incompetence behind large teams. Competence comes through a lot of practice so the new comers have to realize that there is no room for complacence, particularly in a flexi work culture.

Please read the interviews of HR leaders on our site to learn more. To find out the best companies offering flexi job options, please refer to one of our

earlier articles: http://www.mykindofjob.com/footer/best-companies-for-flexi-timings

Thank you Pune

This article has drawn its inspiration from the warm response we had received at Pune. The concern levels and the dedication to ensure best placements for students in all the campuses is a great motivation for the MyKindOfJob.com team. Our intention is to act as a partner in the efforts of the campus heads  in getting the students well placed in the organizations of their choice.

Thank you Professor Sudha Narain, Ness Wadia College of Commerce, Pragati Sinha, MIT ID, Mrinmayi Pasalkar, Sankalp Business School,  Akhilesh Rathod, NICMAR,  Minal Wani, DY PATIL, Harit Pandya, AIMS, Vijay Nikam, Dr Baba Saheb Ambedkar, Madhuri Sathe, Indira College of Pharmacy, Vivek Soham, Siddhant Group of Institutions, Vivek Keskar, Indian Institute of Cost & Management Studies,  Ketaki Sohoni, AKEMI BUSINESS, Nikhil Batra, Lotus Business School, Archana Jadhav, ALARD INSITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, Shitalkumar Rawandale,  Pimpri Chinchwad College of Engineering, Roshni, VIT (Design & Fashion)

 

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