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Boulder, CO, August 23 – FlexJobs releases the results of its recently conducted survey, which was done to learn more about its audience, their job searches, and why telecommuting and flexible work options are important to them. With over 800 responses, the survey gives insight into job seekers who want flexibility in their careers.
The number one reason to seek out a flexible job, according to 79% of respondents, was work-life balance, followed by family, commute stress, health, environmental and exercise. And the number one reason to find a telecommute job in particular is to avoid interruptions from colleagues, said 82% of those surveyed.
Here are some of the highlights of the survey:
- People who want flexible work are well-educated! 82% of current FlexJobs members surveyed have a college degree, with 35% having earned a graduate degree
- They are likely to have more work experience. 80% of job-seekers serious about work flexibility are between 30-59 years of age
- They are pet-lovers. 62% have some kind of pet, with the most popular being a dog (45%) followed by a cat (26%)
- They're suburban or urban. 77% say they live near a big city, and California (11.7%), Colorado (7.7%), and Texas (6.6%) had the most respondents
Job Search Highlights:
- These job-seekers are motivated. 75% are currently working in some capacity even as they search for flexible job opportunities
- These job-seekers are savvy and prefer niche job boards. The sites used most actively are FlexJobs (90%), LinkedIn (51%), Indeed (43%), CareerBuilder (37%), Monster (34%), Craigslist (34%), SimplyHired (18%)
Work Flexibility Highlights:
- The benefits of work flexibility are huge. 96% believe having a flexible job would save them time, 93% say it would save them money, 78% would be more healthy, and 86% less stressed
- People really want work-life balance. The number one factor for wanting a flexible job is Work-Life Balance (79%), followed by Family (59%), Commute Stress (45%), Time Savings (41%), Cost Savings (40%), Health (26%), Environmental (24%), Exercise (24%)
- Work flexibility can be achieved in different ways. Although telecommuting is often used as centerpiece of work flexibility (and it’s true -- 80% want jobs that allow them to telecommute primarily), 50% are open to jobs that allow for partial telecommuting. 50% are interested in part-time schedules, 48% are interested in alternative or flexible schedules 50%, and 41% are open to freelance contracts
- Most have telecommuted in previous jobs. 76% of those seeking home-based jobs have previous telecommuting experience
- Work productivity stays strong – and likely gets stronger – with telecommuting. 98% of respondents believe telecommuting would improve (70%) or maintain (28%) their productivity compared to being in an office.
- Interruptions from Colleagues are not appreciated. The top reason people want to work from home is fewer interruptions from colleagues (82%). Runners-up are reduced commuting stress (77%), minimized office politics (73%), a more comfortable office environment (72%), and fewer overall distractions (71%)
For media inquiries, please contact Chelsea Gladden (Chelsea @ flexjobs .com) or 1-866-991-9222 x 4.
Learn more about FlexJobs and browse the variety of flexible and telecommuting jobs available now.
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