Employees Link Productivity to Flexible Schedules

 
 
By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 07-07-2014 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    67% of Americans feel that employers are getting better at offering workers flexibility to meet their families' needs.
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    89% feel that employers should offer workers flexibility to meet family needs, as long as the job gets done.
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    A Difference Maker

    52% of workers say they could do their jobs better if they had a more flexible schedule.
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    Lost Opportunities

    58% of parents indicate that they don't get to spend enough time with their families.
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    33% of workers say they've passed on a job opportunity in the past because it would conflict with family obligations.
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    25% believe that they were passed over at some point for a promotion, raise or new job due to their need for a flexible work schedule.
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    61% of Millennials say they could do their jobs better with a more flexible schedule, compared to no more than 47% of those age 45 or older.
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    Nearly one-third of Millennials believe they've been passed over for a promotion, raise or new job due to their need for a flexible work schedule, as opposed to no more than one-fifth of those age 45 or older.
 

A generation ago, flexible schedules were perceived as exceptions in the workplace. Today, they've emerged as mainstream. And most Americans say that flexible schedules boost productivity, as opposed to hindering it, according to recently released research from The Harris Poll. The vast majority of poll respondents feel that they should be evaluated based upon how well they do their job, as opposed to when they do it. So—given that most parents say they don't spend enough time with their families, according to the survey results—CIOs and other managers should know that a significant number of professionals are willing to pass up job offers if they present a conflict with family obligations. Many employees, in fact, have remained committed to a flexible schedule, even at the cost of a job promotion or raise. With tech workers often taking pride in their independent nature, CIOs should take these work-life considerations seriously in their recruitment efforts, especially with Millennials, who value flexibility more than older generations of workers. Nearly 4,100 U.S. adults participated in the research. For more about the survey, click here.

 
 
 
 
 
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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