Workplace Flexibility Key Factor for Most
But many worry about asking for it
A recent survey by Harris Interactive on behalf of Mom Corps examines the perceptions and preferences of U.S. working adults related to workplace flexibility and work/life choices.
Trending results show continuing shifts in work preferences, including interesting gender differences and alignment. Here are some highlights:
73% of working adults agree that flexibility is one of the most important factors they consider when looking for a new job or deciding what company to work for–a more than 10% jump from 2012 (61%) and 2011 (62%).
Almost half (47%) of working adults agree that asking for flexible work options would hurt their chances of job advancement.
75% of working adults report having “at least a little” flexibility at work, up from 68% in 2012 and 64% in 2011.
39% of working adults have considered leaving or have left a job because it wasn’t flexible enough.
“These statistics and other findings lead to many conclusions about how flexibility fits into the workplace, our personal lives, and the decisions we make,” says Mom Corps founder/CEO Allison O’Kelly. “We are at an interesting middle point. Many U.S. workers are willing to give up salary and make job decisions based on flexibility, while at the same time feel it might negatively affect their career paths. We see more employees asking for the work situations they need and more companies offering flexibility as a talent management strategy. The main takeaway from this year’s survey is that flexible work trends are gaining attention and momentum.”
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