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New Survey Finds Workers Want Flexible Jobs

Over 99% reported that a flexible job would make them a happier person in general and benefit their personal health.

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: 

  • 89% thought a flexible job would help them take better care of themselves
  • 88% believed it would decrease their levels of stress
  • 87% said it would create more time to spend with family or friends
  • 70% say work has conflicted with their efforts to take care of their health
  • 69% thought it would increase the frequency they exercised
  • 61% of those with children (or plan to have children someday) think a job with work flexibility would help them be a better parent
  • 55% of those with pets said having a flexible job would help them be a better pet owner

 Regarding their romantic relationships, respondents reported: 

  • 81% thought that having a job with work flexibility would help them be a more attentive spouse/partner/significant other
  • 60% said it would benefit their romantic relationship, and another 19% were hopeful it would
  • 50% thought it would increase time available for dates/date nights
  • 39% said it would improve their sex life, and another 23% were optimistic it would

 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.

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