45% of People Have FOMO When Out of the Office

A new Indeed survey shows that 45% miss their coworkers and aspects of their job while out of the office

Adults employed full time in Australia work 43.2 hours per week on average, about the same number of hours as full-time workers in the UK and Germany.

Despite, or perhaps because of, the long hours we spend at work it appears we also have a “fear of missing out” or FOMO when we’re not in the office. According to a new Indeed survey, nearly 60% of respondents said that they like both their job and their colleagues and 45% missed coworkers or aspects of their job in some capacity while out of the office.

Theses findings suggest people want more from a workplace than somewhere to spend the majority of their waking hours. They value the work community they join, and when considering a new job, job seekers take this fit into consideration.

People are attracted to positions that fit their personal needs. In our recent report, Talent Attraction Study: What Matters to the Modern Candidate, we revealed the top factors candidates told us they consider when making a decision about a job offer. Of the more than 4,000 people surveyed, 51% of employed candidates were attracted to a job because it offered flexible hours.

Balancing personal and professional responsibilities is easier when the job provides some degree of flexibility. Flexible work schedules are also indicative of a company culture that focuses on achieving results and not managing tasks—an arrangement with tremendous benefits for both sides of the employment relationship.

More and more companies are beginning to understand that attracting highly skilled employees requires some out-of-the-box thinking. Candidates with skills in high demand know they have the upper-hand, and employers will need to think differently about how to win them over.

To learn how Indeed can help you attract top talent, contact us.