More than half of wage and salary workers were able to adjust their work schedule or location instead of taking time off from their jobs in 2011, according to figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Seven percent of workers made such an adjustment in an average week.
Other BLS findings:
- Flexible work arrangements were most commonly available to workers in the leisure and hospitality industry (71%), followed by information (69%) and wholesale and retail trade (66%)
- Private sector workers were more likely to be able to adjust their work schedules or locations (58%) than were public employees (41%)
- Men and women were equally likely to be able to adjust their work schedules or locations
- Among wage and salary workers age 25 and over, 61% of those with a bachelor's degree or higher were able to adjust their work schedules or locations instead of taking time off, compared with only 18% of workers with less than a high school diploma
- Parents of a household child under the age of 13 were more likely to adjust their work schedules or locations instead of taking time off from work in an average week than workers who were not a parent of a household child: 10% compared with 6%
BLS also found that 90% of wage and salary workers had access to either paid or unpaid leave last year. About 59% of workers had access to paid leave. About 8% said they did not have access to leave, while the remaining 2% were unsure.