Perspective employees are looking for flexible options


BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) – If you go ahead and type in “Buffalo, New York,” almost 30,000 job postings will load.

“Right now in Buffalo everyone is trying to hire,” said Shannon Callahan, Acara Solutions account manager. “In addition, companies have their own websites, career sites and there are many other platforms when it comes to recruiting. “

But according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, New York state remains the third lowest number of job openings, the second lowest quit rate and the lowest layoff rate in the country.

“It’s exciting to be in a position where businesses are really looking to turn around, grow and really move forward,” said Dottie Gallagher, CEO of Buffalo Niagara Partnership,

Callahan said job applicants are currently evaluating their options.

“Applicants are window shopping, they are browsing job postings, career pages, which is why having your compelling reasons is so important,” Callahan said.

And what many applicants want is flexibility. Callahan said some people wouldn’t consider any options unless they can work from home. In a statement, M&T Bank said the return to the office is scheduled for January, but said while some employees have already returned, they expect others to return on a defined hybrid schedule.

“The employees say, ‘Hey, we still love this, that was really cool, and I enjoyed working from home,’” Callahan said.

In a survey by the Buffalo Niagara Partnership, 71% of companies said they plan or would consider allowing employees to work from home long-term in order to address the understaffing.

“This is a constraining factor for all businesses, whether they are very small or very large,” said Gallagher.

And Callahan said it’s also about retaining talent.

“The same reasons, your salary, your benefits, your culture, your flexibility, that you attract talent, it’s the same reason that you also retain talent.

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