Yesterday we looked at a FlexJobs survey concerning where workers want to work. Today we’ll look at some of the benefits of a flexible workplace.
People surveyed believe flexible options would positively impact their health:
- 97% say a job with flexibility would have a positive impact on their overall quality of life.
- 79% think it would make them healthier.
- 87% think it would lower their stress.
Reasons for Wanting Flexible Work
Since 2013, work/life balance (79%), family (52%), time savings (48%), and commute stress (47%) have been the top four reported reasons people seek flexible work.
- Time savings has outranked cost savings as a factor in seeking flexible work for the past 4 years.
- 72% of today’s flexible jobseekers have had round-trip commutes over double the national average, which is approximately 50 minutes.
- Of those who telecommuted in 2015, 22% telecommuted more this year than last year.
- Only 3% of respondents worry a lot that a flexible work arrangement will hurt their career progression.
Types of Flexible Work
The most in-demand type of flexible work arrangement continues to be 100% telecommuting (86%), but flexible schedule (73%), partial telecommuting (49%), part-time work(48%), alternative schedule (48%), and freelance (44%) are also in demand.
The demographic breakdown of the 3,153 respondents:
- Ages: 20 to 29 (12%), 30 to 49 (54%), 50 to 59 (23%), 60+ (11%);
- Education: high school degree or equivalent (4%), some college but no degree (16%), associate or bachelor degree (48%), graduate degree (32%);
- Career level: entry-level (10%), experienced (58%), manager or senior level manager (32%).
For more information on this survey click here.