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Flexible Working and the Salesforce Ecosystem

Flexible working has been a hot topic of conversation for some time now – and certainly not just within the Salesforce ecosystem. More and more people are looking for jobs that offer them flexibility; whether this is in the form of part time hours, remote/work from home opportunities, or simply being a little more understanding with flexitime. 

One of the main benefits of Salesforce is that it’s in the cloud, this means that technically, any Salesforce professional can work from anywhere at any time. The system can be accessed virtually everywhere on any sort of device with an internet connection, its versatility is endless.

So, why then, are some businesses still stuck in this 9-5 culture despite having the technology to provide a much more flexible approach to their employees?

We explore some of the benefits of having a more flexible approach to flexibility in the Salesforce ecosystem.

Attracting talent

It’s has become common knowledge, that there is a skills shortage and an ever-increasing demand for Salesforce professionals. It’s an increasingly competitive market, and Salesforce professionals know they have control when it comes to their careers in the ecosystem.

Businesses need to do as much as they can to stand out and attract these in demand candidates. They need to offer them something that their competition potentially isn’t. With the growing significance on flexible working, you might just be able to fill those key Salesforce roles and secure top talent, if you can offer an environment that encourages flexibility.

Making Salesforce a career option

In order to maintain the growth of the Salesforce ecosystem and those within it, it’s important to make choosing Salesforce a practical and sustainable career option. Flexibility is definitely a step towards doing this.

As mentioned above, there are many different meanings of a flexible working environment. It depends on personal circumstance. By adapting your business to the needs of the Salesforce workforce, you not only open yourself up to access wider pools of talent, but you’ll also help to grow the talent that is out there.

People who need flexibility in their work, will be more likely to take the Salesforce career path. In turn, this will increase the number of professionals in the ecosystem, helping to ease the skills shortage we are currently experiencing.


Staff retention

This comes from the perspective of both new and existing employees. Salesforce professionals who might otherwise have left, due to competitors offering them greater flexibility, are more likely to stick around. Many employers find that a better work-life balance has a positive impact on staff retention, and on employee relations, motivation and commitment.

It also means you are less likely to lose the experienced and highly in demand Salesforce professionals who understand your business so well. This is hugely beneficial based on the vast skills shortage and demand the industry is experiencing.


Concerns

There can, quite rightly, be some concerns about adopting a flexible working approach by employers – with the key issue being that employees will abuse it. However, it’s often found that the benefits far outweigh the concerns, specifically when it comes to the Salesforce ecosystem.

If your company is struggling to attract and engage the top Salesforce talent it needs or is just generally feeling the huge shortage of skills that is present in the ecosystem, consider your options for creating a more flexible working environment. It doesn’t need to be an all-or-nothing approach, you can implement flexible changes over time, but as ever in this ecosystem, it’s important to listen to the market and take the initiative that will benefit everyone.

 

If you would like to discuss the wide pools of talent we can offer your business, or are a Salesforce professional looking for flexible opportunities, get in touch with our specialist Salesforce recruiters today!