Study highlights: people want flexibility

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Workers around the world want the option to work flexibly– without penalty.

After competitive pay and benefits, the top things employees say are very important in a potential job are: “being able to work flexibly and still be on track for promotion” which was tied at 74% with “working with colleagues, including my boss, who support my efforts to work flexibly.” Other flex perks full-time employees seek are: the ability to work flexibly informally when needed, receiving paid parental leave and not working excessive overtime.

  • Millennials, globally, are more likely than other generations to say it is important to receive paid parental leave, onsite or subsidized child care and be able to telecommute 1-2 days a week.
  • Interestingly, two-thirds of full-time employees would prefer being able to relocate closer to family over reducing overnight business travel, receiving onsite or subsidized childcare, an ability to shut off emails and calls when needed and telecommuting.
  • In the US, our research found that about one in 10 US workers say they have “suffered a negative consequence as a result of having a flexible work schedule.” The rate is even higher for millennials, or nearly one in six.

Most important flexibility issues



A boss that doesn't allow you to work flexibly



Flexibility stigma (perception that people who work flex hours or take leave are penalized with lack of pay/promotion opportunities)



Lack of workplace flexibility, including no option to telecommute (meaning working from another location other than the office or a client site, such as working from home)



Few senior colleagues who are working parents or in dual-career families