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A new study aimed at finding out what makes up an “ideal worker” has revealed those who are single, young and male fit the bill to a T.

The report by Kronos, which surveyed 500 business decision-makers and 2,000 employees, found both sets of respondents believe being a male with no external distractions, interests or responsibilities, and who prioritises work above all else, makes a desirable employee.

However, this mindset will cause employers to lose out on talent who may not necessarily fit this description, but could be highly valuable to the organisation.

“While many of the ideal characteristics are perhaps not surprising, we need to question whether these pre-conceived notions about the ‘ideal worker’ means that they’re missing talent that is right under their noses,” Peter Harte, vice president for Kronos APAC, said.

The desire for employees likely to be the least disruptive to an organisation doesn’t stop there.

Three quarters of respondents believe employees who become parents during their careers are likely to switch to a part-time working model, which resulted in 40% of employers admitting they prefer employees without children.

The study also highlighted 76% of employers are more inclined towards candidates who can put in extra hours; 57% prefer employees with perfect employment records and 73% want ambitious staff.

“[Employers] must be more agile and flexible in accommodating the life changes of their employees, or risk losing out on the innovations and increased productivity that comes with the varied perspectives and experiences of a diverse workforce,” Harte said.

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