From their first job to today…a new study suggests not quite half of American workers say they have more flexible scheduling than when they first entered the full-time workforce. It’s progress, but we have a long way to go.
The study, commissioned by Workplace Options, was designed to find out where employed Americans stand on popular work-life issues. According to the results:
- 43% reported an increase in work-life benefits and professional development opportunities compared to their first full-time job
- 28% said work-life benefits available through their employer have increased in the past five years, despite the faltering economy
- 45% reported access to more flexible working arrangements
- 27% now have access to more assistance programs for child and elder care
- 31% reported access to more legal and financial assistance programs
- 43% said their current employer offers more health and wellness programs compared to the start of their careers
Work-Life in the Job Search
Employees, too, are looking for flexibility as they consider future job options. One in three (34%) said they would consider leaving their current job for one with more attractive work-life programs.