Employees Face Work-Life Flexibility Obstacles

 
 
By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 05-29-2014 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A recent survey on work-life flexibility presents a classic "good news/bad news" take on the topic. The good news: Nearly all professionals say they have some freedom here. The bad news: A clear majority say they face obstacles in pursuing this, according to the findings from Flex+Strategy Group/Work+Life Fit Inc. The accompanying report, "Ambivalence is Not a Strategy: Employees Sense Waning Commitment to Work Life Flexibility," reveals that employees strongly feel that work-life flexibility affects productivity, engagement levels, morale and their personal health. But many say increased workloads and other factors are creating hurdles which are difficult to overcome. "It's not just Yahoo! (which has) sent mixed signals on flexibility in the past year or so," says Cali Williams Yost, CEO of Flex+Strategy Group. "Employees see and sense employer ambivalence toward work life flexibility. Organizations need to be intentional and deliberate about what type of flexibility works for their business." More than 550 U.S. employees took part in the research. For more about the survey, click here.

 
 
 
  • Across the Board

    97% of employees say they have some form of work-life flexibility, and 23% say they have more work-life flexibility than they did last year.
    Across the Board
  • Mutual Agreement

    58% say that they and their employer share control over the level of work-life flexibility allowed, while 23% say it is entirely dictated by their company.
    Mutual Agreement
  • Roadblock Ahead

    62% say they face obstacles in pursuing work-life flexibility.
    Roadblock Ahead
  • Top Obstacles for Work-Life Flexibility

    Increased workload and no time: 37%, Fear of making less money and losing a job: 28%, Concerns over hurting career and work-ethic impressions among colleagues: 20%
    Top Obstacles for Work-Life Flexibility
  • Unhappy Campers

    68% say a lack of work-life flexibility hurts employee loyalty and morale.
    Unhappy Campers
  • Troubling Diagnosis

    64% say a lack of work-life flexibility creates stress and other health issues.
    Troubling Diagnosis
  • Counter-Productive Development

    64% feel a lack of work-life flexiblity negatively impacts performance, including work engagement, creativity and productivity.
    Counter-Productive Development
  • Without a Compass

    57% say they get no training or guidance on how to manage work-life flexibility.
    Without a Compass
  • Gender Divide, Part I

    70% of women employees say a lack of work-life flexibility results in health issues, compared to 61% of men.
    Gender Divide, Part I
  • Gender Divide, Part II

    44% of female workers say an increased workload and lack of time is keeping them from enjoying work-life flexibility, compared to 33% of men.
    Gender Divide, Part II
 
 
 
 
 
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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