Finally! A good-news recession story — for employers anyway. So suggests CareerBuilder in this release it put out today.
According to its latest survey, more workers are starting their work on time since the recession began. Mind you, the numbers aren’t hugely divergent: In 2010, 15 percent of workers said they arrive late to work once a week or more, down from 16 percent in 2009 and 20 percent in 2008.
But they’re trending down nevertheless. So are the numbers of workers calling out sick, according to a report I heard on the radio this morning that mentioned CareerBuilder’s study and few others.
“Whether it is a result of fear associated with the economy or just a shift in attitude, workers over the last few years are doing a better job of managing their schedules and getting into the office at the designated time,” says Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources for CareerBuilder.
Not sure if this puts a struggling economy at odds with the telework/workplace flexibility movement — some would like to call it a revolution. Some reports suggest that’s true too.
At the same time, we’re also hearing flexible scheduling and support for work/life balance will help keep your top talent from fleeing for greener pastures when the recovered economy finally and really kicks in.
Hard to know what to do. I guess just support a results-oriented environment of looser structure/work from anywhere/anything goes … and simultaneously enjoy the fact that everyone’s showing up for work when they’re expected, afraid to rock an already rocking boat.