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Flexibility: Mom’s Most Important Workplace Feature?

According to a recent survey, flexibility is the number one consideration for nearly 75% of all workers.

Seventy-five percent! Not money, not recognition, not “free coffee” (although, I bet if that were a choice, it would rank pretty high!).

No. The most important workplace feature was flexibility.

Responders state that they’re willing to give up the prestige of a corner office if we get to set our own schedules in exchange.

Other interesting stats from the survey:

  • More than half of responders would actually trade part of their salary for more flexibility
  • Two-thirds of responders stated that they would get more work done if they were allowed to work from home occasionally

But the results weren’t all positive. Many responders said their ability to advance their careers would be hurt by asking superiors for flexibility, and the majority agreed that taking themselves out of the workforce for a significant amount of time (to go back to school or have a baby, for example) would stunt their career growth.

Here’s a really cool infographic below that illustrates these points better than I could:

 

2013 Mom Corps Flexibility Survey

2013 Mom Corps Flexibility Survey

Photo credit: Mom Corps

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