American workers are increasingly seeking out flexible work arrangements and are willing to switch jobs to get them, according to Gallup’s recent State of the American Workplace report. According to the report, more than one-third of workers surveyed said they would change jobs for the ability to work at home or another remote location full-time. About 37 percent of workers said they would leave their current job for one that allows them to work remotely on a part-time basis.
More than 50 percent of workers said they would switch jobs to gain flex-time — being able to shift their work schedule as needed to help them better meet the demands of their personal lives. Other studies back the idea that flexibility is important to workers today. A PwC survey shows that employees who are allowed to work remotely at least one day per week or are allowed flex-time reported significantly higher job satisfaction than those who don’t.
In addition to flexibility, employees also are keenly interested in financial rewards beyond their salaries. Pensions may be disappearing, but 51 percent of those surveyed said they would leave a job without a pension for one that offered one. About 40 percent said they would switch for a job with profit sharing and 54 percent said cash bonuses were a priority. For more information about the Gallup workplace report, go to this link.