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Flex Within Reach
Published September 23, 2012The baby woke with a cough, and you don’t want to put her in daycare. You need a few weeks each year to help your mother’s caregiver.
The two-hour daily commute is exhausting; it would be great to telecommute occasionally.
What would you give to relieve these dilemmas?
Nearly half of 1,096 working adults surveyed by Mom Corps would sacrifice salary – 8.6 percent of pay on average – for options that would enable them to work on a project basis, a reduced or flexible schedule, or telecommute.
“Flexibility is like a currency, people value it,” says Allison O’Kelly, CEO of Mom Corps, a staffing firm that specializes in flexible job placements.
Another recent survey conducted by the American Psychological Association shows that, despite the current uncertain economy, work-life fit is a top reason workers say they stay with their current employer.
Indeed, according to Mom Corps surveys, the amount of pay that people say they are willing to sacrifice for flexibility has nearly doubled since last year’s survey.
It’s hard to say how many companies offer these options, “Because it’s not necessarily a company-wide policy,” O’Kelly observes. “It is often worked out between the employee and his supervisor.”
The more skilled or educated a worker is, the higher their chance of being granted flexibility, says O’Kelly, because many of those jobs don’t require a constant physical presence at the workplace.
Still, to win flexibility workers, “Must convince their boss that it won’t be a problem.,” adds O’Kelly. “If there are meetings on Fridays, then you wouldn’t propose telecommuting that day.”
- Written By Marilyn Kennedy Melia