October 16th marks National Flex Day. A day created to raise awareness about the importance of work flexibility. Also, to bring awareness to the benefits, and move the issue forward on a national scale.
Sara Sutton, founder, and CEO launched FlexJobs. To provide education and awareness about the benefits of remote working and work flexibility.
“National Flex Day is a chance for those of us who are concerned with the future of work flexibility to come together and communicate its value as a long-term workplace movement,” Sutton states.
Work flexibility is essential to not only employees. But also their organizations for recruiting and retention purposes. More than half of employees work remotely at least half of the week.
A survey by FlexJobs in relation to National Flex Day
According to a survey, the top four reasons why professionals seek flexible work are
- commuter stress,
- work-life balance,
- family, and
- time savings.
Moreover, work-life balance has been ranked more important than salary. So, more than half of employees considered leaving a job because it did not have work flexibility.
In order to showcase the 2018 state of remote work, Sutton and the FlexJobs team compiled an overview of top companies with the largest amount of remote job listings, top career categories, and common jobs. UnitedHealth Group, Aetna, and Dell are among the top companies hiring for remote jobs.
Ruh Global Communications
While it’s been widely reported that millennials are the generation benefitting from flexible work schedules. Debra Ruh the CEO and Founder of Ruh Global Communications argues that other demographics- such as generation X, Baby Boomers, and people with disabilities are also benefitting from flexible schedules.
“Remote work also allows some Baby Boomers to remain in the workforce when commuting to an office every day isn’t a viable option.”