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Flexible Work Critical to Retention, Survey Finds

September 10, 2019 / Elizabeth Howlett

Nearly a third of workers have sought out a new job because their current workplace didn't offer flexible work opportunities, such as remote work or flexible scheduling, according to new research. In addition to that figure, FlexJobs, a Boulder, Colo.-based jobs site for flexible work, said 16 percent of the 7,300 workers who responded to its annual survey said they are currently searching for a new job because of flexibility issues. Eighty percent (up from 75 percent in 2018) said that they would be more loyal to their employers if they had flexible work options. The survey found that 52 percent of respondents have tried to negotiate flexible work arrangements with their companies. More than 25 percent said they would take a 10 percent to 20 percent pay cut in exchange for a flexible work arrangement. "In a tight labor market, companies cannot afford to ignore the value employees place on having flexible work options, but leaders also can't dismiss the very real bottom-li...