A recent Mom Corps survey examining the perceptions and preferences of U.S. executives relating to workplace flexibility and work/life choices show continuing shifts in work preferences, including interesting gender differences and alignment. Here are some highlights:
- 73% of working adults agree that flexibility is one of the most important factors they consider when looking for a new job or deciding what company to work for—a more than 10% jump from 2012 (61%) and 2011 (62%) surveys.
- Almost half (47%) of working adults agree that asking for flexible work options would hurt their chances of job advancement.
- 75% of working adults report having “at least a little” flexibility at work, up from 68% in 2012 and 64% in 2011.
- 39% of working adults have considered leaving or have left a job because it wasn’t flexible enough.
These statistics have implications on the flexibility of the workplace and how this affects personal lives and the decisions that executives make. It has been found that many U.S. workers are willing to give up salary and make job decisions based on flexibility, while at the same time feel it might negatively affect their career paths. With flexible work trends are gaining traction, employers to pay close attention in order to better retain talent.
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