Laborers in Demand This Labor Day Weekend, AJC

Sep 8, 2021

Tara Flickinger, partner at ON Partners, featured in latest Atlanta Journal-Constitution article on the demand for wages and flexibility in the current workforce environment

ON Partners’ partner, Tara Flickinger, was recently featured The Atlanta Journal-Constitution written by

It’s an unusual Labor Day. Workers are in demand but relatively scarce, enticed by incentives but scared of infection, constrained by childcare needs, while attracted by a more elastic workplace.

And while there are worries that the latest wave of the coronavirus will undercut the jobs expansion, at least for the moment, hiring is healthy, giving workers more choices and more leverage than they have had in quite a while.

Forty-two percent of U.S. workers are worried about returning to the workplace for fear of contracting COVID-19, according to an August survey by the Conference Board. In June, before the latest surge in cases, only 24% said they had that worry.

But in white-collar work, too, flexibility has become a crucial perk in luring new employees, said Tara Flickinger, a partner at ON Partners, an executive recruiting firm.

It’s not just the ability to work from home or to juggle childcare, she said.“I don’t think that the office as we knew it or the workday as we knew it will ever go back to the way it was before the pandemic,” she said. “A lot of companies are not even requiring relocation, because the companies offering the most flexibility will get the best talent.”

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