Professional mobility: 51% of executives prefer to stay with their current employer
Renewed caution among executives: only 38% plan to change employer, 5% are actively looking for a job, whilea majority (51%) prefer to remain in place, points out the 23rd Ifop-Cadremploi barometer published on 6 September*. Mobility desires return to their 2020 level, just after the first confinement. We are far from the fantasies of “great resignation”.
- Age – Unsurprisingly, 45% of those under 35 remain open to opportunities, while only 30% of those over 50 want to move.
- Gender – Men (41%) are more keen than women (33%) on job mobility
- Schedules – Those who explode their schedules (55 hours a week and more) plan to leave more (49% vs 38% on average)
- Regions – Desire for mobility is highest in Auvergne-Rhône-ALpes (44%) and lowest in Paca and Corsica (17%)
Mentality of executives: concerned about the economic situation but… optimistic for them
This is not new among executives: they can be pessimistic in general but optimistic about their lot. Thus, they express strong concerns about the decline in purchasing power (81%), at the war in ukraine (77%) and, to a lesser extent, to possible strikes or demonstrations in the event of reforms (56%). And despite this gloomy economic climate, executives are declaring a high level of optimism (74%) regarding their professional situation.
This is even truer among young people under 35 (87%), government employees (81% vs 70% in commerce) and in Brittany (82%, the record for optimism among executives).
Working conditions: executives in search of freedom
Executives want freedom to manage their time and workplace
In terms of working conditions, executives dare to express out loud what many employees are hoping for. For them, “teleworking is no longer a subject, it’s a prerequisite”, emphasizes Carole Ferté, director of studies at Cadremploi. Moreover, 82% of them are already benefiting from remote work in their company.
What motivates their desire to leave or join a company are innovations that “liberate” labor and allow them to organize themselves more autonomously.
No contradiction though! Executives do not dream of creating a business, nor of going independent. To the question “What is the situation that best describes you currently”, only 3% respectively consider entrepreneurship and 1% leave the workforce to become a freelancer or self-employed entrepreneur), the vast majority (96%) want remain employed.
Plebiscite for the 4-day week
Thus 65% of executives dream of working in a company that would have set up the 4-day week without loss of pay. While only 16% work in a company that is deploying (or considering) this revolutionary work organization
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Time and workplace flexibility
Another criterion that allows them to gain in quality of life: adaptation of time slots (expected by 52% of respondents, and in place or under study in 57% of companies where respondents work) and telecommuting (cited by 49% of respondents and in place or under study in 82% of cases).
But also the shortened fridays (cited by a third of executives and practiced by 35% of companies) but offset by longer days at the start of the week. Or the freedom to be able to work from anywhere (digital nomadism in place or under study in half of the companies surveyed but requested by 24% of them.
Flop of the flex office and other workplace arrangements
Are the HRDs in the wrong fight? It seems that the frames are not very sensitive to the proposals of companies centered on the “office” space (smart office, coworking, flex-office).