In anticipation of Valentine’s Day, FlexJobs conducted a Work-Life-Relationship survey which asked over 1,200 respondents a variety of questions about how their work life impacts their mental and physical health, relationships, stress levels, work-life balance, and more. According to the results, flexible work arrangements could have a positive effect on personal health and well-being, as well as interpersonal relationships. Additionally, management was found to influence how employees view work-life balance.
“As our survey demonstrates, those in leadership roles influence how their employees view work-life balance. In fact, only 9% say their boss’s work habits make work-life balance easy," said Sara Sutton, Founder and CEO of FlexJobs. “It’s important that good work-life balance is modeled from the top down, especially considering the positive impact that a happy and healthy workforce can have on productivity as well as company culture,” Sutton concluded.
Over 99% reported that a flexible job would make them a happier person in general and benefit their personal health. A “flexible job” is defined as a professional-level job that has a remote, flexible schedule, freelance, or part-time component. To help job seekers achieve better work-life balance and general well-being, we’ve identified a sampling of jobs that are currently hiring and can be done remotely or have flexible schedules, including Math Tutor, Nurse Practitioner, Project Manager, Senior Sales Representative, and Writer.
More than half of respondents (54%) said their work-life balance either needed improvement, was pretty bad, or terrible and 69% of respondents said it was the top reason they were seeking a job with flexibility, making work-life balance the number one factor ahead of money or cost savings, time savings, and family. Management also contributes to how employees view work-life balance; 36% say their boss doesn't model good work-life balance and only 9% say their boss’s work habits make work-life balance easy for them.
When it comes to their personal health and interpersonal relationships, specifically:
Regarding their romantic relationships, respondents reported:
Among other findings, 100% remote work remains the most popular choice for flexible work (83%) for the fourth year in a row, with flexible schedules a second preference (60%), followed by part-time schedules (40%) and freelance work (34%).
*Demographic breakdown of respondents: Generation: Millennial (19%); Gen X (43%); Baby Boomer (32%) and The Silent Generation (5%). Relationship status: Not currently in a relationship (26%), Dating (3%), Serious/Engaged (17%), Married (54%). Children: 61% have children and 36 % do not have children.