HR Policies & Procedures

Flexible Work Makes Happy Workers

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.

Improved Health

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.