Latest New Way to Work Index from Unify Reveals 43% of Employees Would Choose Flex Work Over Pay Raise

Survey points to “the Flex Work Imperative,” a perfect storm of employee demand, improving job market, and legislation shifting flex work from job perk to employee’s right

Unify, a leading communications software and services firm, today published Volume 4 of its New Way to Work (NW2W) Index which revealed that more than 43% of employees surveyed would prefer flex work over a pay raise. The findings pointed to the rise of legal actions or “Right to Request” laws around the world that are giving employees the right to request flex work. This trend and an improved job market have led to the development of what Unify calls the Flex Work Imperative—a perfect storm of employee demand, an improving job market, and numerous laws that are shifting flex work from being a job perk to an employee’s right.

“Employees are serious about flex work,” said Bill Hurley, Chief Marketing Officer at Unify. “In addition to nearly half of all employees preferring flex work over a pay raise, nearly one third said they would change employers if offered flexible work elsewhere. It is time to get on board—business leaders who ignore the Flex Work Imperative could find themselves suffering the loss of their best employees.”

For Volume 4 of the NW2W Index, Unify surveyed more than 800 global participants at all levels across finance, IT, marketing, R&D, sales, customer service, operations, and other functional areas. The Index showed that, implemented properly, flex work can save money, especially when a pay raise across the board could be difficult to meet.

In the full report, available on the NW2W hub, Unify provides best practices for how businesses can successfully implement flex work, emphasizing it is not an “all-or-nothing” situation. Rather, many employees would be satisfied with a few days per week working from home; or the ability to work in the office for part of the day, and then finish at home. Some of the best practices include management setting the example by working remotely a few hours per week, leveraging technology to have as successful an interaction as if they were in the office. Additionally, businesses can establish and document a virtual team code of conduct that outlines the things employees must do in order to make flex work successful.

For more information and for organizations looking to build their NW2W strategy, Unify has created a resource hub comprised of data and best practices. For more information and to download the complete Volume 4 of the NW2W Index, visit:

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About Unify

Unify is one of the world’s leading communications software and services brands, providing integrated communications and collaboration solutions worldwide. Our customers range in size from 5 employees to 500,000+ employees. Our solutions unify multiple voice, video and data networks, connected devices and applications into one easy-to-use platform that allows teams to collaborate effectively and efficiently – anytime, anywhere. The result is a transformation of how the enterprise communicates and collaborates that amplifies collective effort, energizes the business, improves employee satisfaction and enhances business performance. Unify has a strong heritage of product reliability, innovation, open standards and security. Our OpenScape and Circuit communications solutions provide a seamless and efficient collaboration experience – on any device. Together, the group’s global team of UCC experts and service professionals set the standard for a rich communications and collaboration experience that empowers teams to deliver better results. Unify is an Atos company.

About Atos

Atos SE (Societas Europaea) is a leader in digital services with pro forma annual revenue of circa € 12 billion and circa 100,000 employees in 72 countries. Serving a global client base, the Group provides Consulting & Systems Integration services, Managed Services & BPO, Cloud operations, Big Data & Cyber-security solutions, as well as transactional services through Worldline, the European leader in the payments and transactional services industry. With its deep technology expertise and industry knowledge, the Group works with clients across different business sectors: Defense, Financial Services, Health, Manufacturing, Media, Utilities, Public sector, Retail, Telecommunications, and Transportation.

Atos is focused on business technology that powers progress and helps organizations to create their firm of the future. The Group is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic & Paralympic Games and is listed on the Euronext Paris market. Atos operates under the brands Atos, Atos Consulting, Atos Worldgrid, Bull, Canopy, Unify and Worldline.

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