This is Mary Walden with economist MW welcoming you to the economic perspective. Today’s program looks at job flexibility. Mike, I recall when I looked for my first full time job, the main things I looked for were the schedule, pay, and benefits. Now I understand young job hunters also want something else. What is it?
- Optimally they want the ability to choose their hours of work, take extended time off if needed, and frequently work from home
- In some cases, young workers put these conditions about pay and benefits
- Based on the viewpoint that time use is sometimes more valuable than money
- Maybe surprising to some, many companies are complying with this requirement for flexibility among workers
- One reason is that many jobs can be done remotely
- Also, with the increase in retirement of baby boomers and the relatively small size of Gen Z – there’s a lack of workers in many occupations
- So, a different labor market
- I’m MW
Mary: And I’m Mary Walden for the Economic Perspective, an NC State Extension program from the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics.