Flex appeal—not just for Moms

Flex appeal—not just for Moms

Janet Wiscombe

Despite the belief that it is working morn who want flexible work arrangements, Flexible Resources, Inc., reports that 20 per cent of those seeking flextime are professional women who don’t have children.

“The perception is that only women wit children want flexible work, but in fact w are seeing more women–and increasingly, men–who value control over their live as much as or more than compensation, says Nadine Mockler, president of Flexible Resources, the nation’s leading consulting and staffing firm specializing in alternative work schedules.

“We conducted our most recent surveys prior to September 11,” she adds. “Since then, the percentage of childless candidates has increased, as more and more people are putting their priorities in order and an unwilling to ‘wait until they have kids’ to attain a balance between work and their personal lives.”

Another statistic that runs counter to conventional wisdom is that most job candidates–59 percent–who went to Flexible Resources seeking a flexible position hadn’t asked their current employers if such an arrangement could be made. Gen-Xers arc more aggressive in their quest for flexibility: 53 percent of those surveyed aged 25 to 35 requested a flexible position; only 38 percent of the baby boomers spoke up for flextime. Those who make the request but are refused often start looking for a new job right away.

What does this mean for businesses? That flexible staffing has bottom-line implications, and is key to attracting and retaining top young talent. “Businesses need to make their flexible work options clear and available to all employees,” Mockler says. “Most employers have no idea they lost a valued employee because of an unfulfilled desire for flexibility.”

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