Flexibility, mobility and independence are what today's workers are striving for in their jobs, new research shows.
A study by virtual office provider Intelligent Office revealed that there is a culture shift taking place in which today's workers are personalizing and customizing work in myriad ways, including work style and location.
Specifically, 61 percent of the employees surveyed desire more flexible work hours than the traditional 9-to-5 schedules, while nearly three-quarters are working from alternative locations on a regular basis.
"We believe there is a paradigm shift happening in our culture as it relates to work style," said Tom Camplese, chief operating officer at Intelligent Office."The work culture of today is very different than it was even only 10 years ago."
The research found that mobile technology is playing a big role in fueling the desire for more mobility, choice and personalization at work. More than 80 percent of those surveyed believe that technology is important to their professional success; a third of employees want to work specifically for companies that allow them to use their own smartphones, tablets, laptops and other technology.
Additionally, 65 percent of employees want the right to download, install, modify or otherwise control their work computer, while a quarter said they wouldn’t work for an employer that banned social media in the office.
"Our Work IQ surveys have shed a new and often surprising light on today’s workers, showing they are rapidly becoming more flexible and mobile," Camplese said.
Another significant trend the study found was an overwhelming desire for employees to work for themselves. Nearly 65 percent of the employees surveyed aspire to become an entrepreneur or work independently, while none wanted to be a corporate executive.
The study was based on surveys of more than 3,000 employees in the United States and Canada.