One-Third Of Workers Have Left A Job Due To Lack Of Flexible Work Options: FlexJobs

According to FlexJobs’ 8th annual survey of more than 7,300 respondents, 30% of workers have reported leaving a job because it did not offer flexible work options. Sixteen percent are currently looking for a new job specifically because of work flexibility issues. With this insight, it’s not surprising that 80% also said they would be more loyal to their employers if they had flexible work options. More than half (52%) of workers have tried to negotiate flexible work arrangements with their employer.

Key Findings Regarding Employee Productivity:

  • 65% of workers think they would be more productive working from home than working in a traditional office environment
  • Fewer distractions (74%), fewer interruptions from colleagues (72%), reduced stress from commuting (70%), and minimal office politics (64%) are the top reasons people prefer their home office.
  • Only 8% would choose to go to the office during traditional office hours when they need to optimize their productivity

Interest in Remote Work is High:

  • 71% have telecommuted in a job before
  • Of those who telecommuted in 2018, 19% telecommuted more this year than last year
  • 82% of respondents know someone who telecommutes
  • 100% telecommuting is the most in-demand type of flexible work arrangement (76%), followed by flexible schedules (72%), part-time (46%), and freelance (39%)
  • Less than 5% worry a lot that a flexible work arrangement will hurt their career progression

About Today’s Flexible Job Seeker:

  • Wanting to travel (54%) is the primary reason for working, after paying for basic necessities (75%) and saving for retirement (60%)
  • Work-life balance and salary (73%) tied as the top two factors people consider when evaluating job prospects
  • Since 2013, work-life balance (75%), family (45%), time savings (42%), and commute stress (41%) have been the top four reported reasons people seek flexible work
  • Flexible job seekers are educated, with 69% having at least a bachelor’s degree and 28% having a graduate degree
  • They are also experienced in their career, with only 13% entry-level
  • A range of audiences are interested in flexibility, such as working parents, entrepreneurs, people living in rural areas, introverts, caregivers, military spouses, and more

Health and Happiness:

  • 44% said a job with flexibility would have a huge improvement on their overall quality of life and 53% said it would have a positive impact
  • 78% said having a flexible job would allow them to be healthier (eat better, exercise more, etc.)
  • 86% said they’d be less stressed if they had a flexible job

For the full list of survey findings, conducted in July 2019, please visit https://www.flexjobs.com/blog/post/survey-flexible-work-job-choices

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