Randstad Workmonitor Q1 2018

By: Trademagazin Date: 2018. 04. 11. 10:23

Contrary to what is generally thought, the traditional way of working, i.e., at the office during opening hours, still rules among the respondents of the latest Randstad Workmonitor. Globally, 68% agree with this sentiment, with India (85%) at the highest end and The Netherlands (47%) at the lowest end. Having said this, there is a clear shift toward an agile way of working, i.e., from multiple locations and outside standard opening hours, going on. In India and China the shift is highest (69% and 66% respectively) and in Czech Republic (28%) lowest. 41% of the global respondents report to be already working in a real agile environment with India once again in the lead (64%) and Luxembourg and Greece (both 27%) at the lowest end of the range.

work-life balance

82% of the global respondents like agile working as it allows them to maintain a good work-life balance and 81% say it improves their productivity, creativity and job satisfaction. On the other hand, 44% indicate that it causes a lot of pressure on their personal life, as they never seem to be ‘disconnected’ from work. Strikingly, 47% of the male respondents have that feeling whereas 40% of the female respondents say to do so.


work location
65% of the global respondents prefer to work from home or another location from time to time, and 56% state that their employer provides them with the technological equipment to do so. 64% of the global respondents say they would prefer to work from home or another location, but they unfortunately don’t have the possibility to do so in their job. Finally, 59% globally prefer to work at the office and in this respect India leads with 81% and the Netherlands scores lowest with 47%.

personal contact
In order to stay informed and aligned with colleagues, 69% of the global respondents say they regularly have in-person or face-to-face meetings, versus 36% stating they have virtual team meetings via video conferencing. India (74%) and China (70%) score highest on the virtual meeting scale, and Austria, Hungary (both 20%) and Luxembourg (15%) score lowest.

work autonomy
When it comes to having the freedom to organize and prioritize their own work, 66% of the global respondents say they have it, whereas 48% say that their work is being prioritized by their manager and 56% state that their manager tells them what to do. Autonomy in one’s work is shown to increase by age:

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