Employees Say Employers’ Commitment to Work-Life Flex Waning

Madison, N.J. — May 14

More than 4 in 10 full-time employees surveyed reported their employer’s commitment to work-life flexibility may have waned in the past year, according to a new report, despite the overwhelming availability of workplace flexibility.

The findings from the Flex+Strategy Group/Work+Life Fit Inc. are based on a national probability telephone survey of 556 full-time employed adults conducted by ORC International.

The research also found:

Almost all full-time employees (97 percent) reported having some form of work life flexibility in 2013.
But a majority (57 percent) of employees did not receive training or guidance on how to manage work-life flexibility.

A majority of employees (62 percent) continue to cite obstacles to work-life flexibility, with the number of employees noting their workloads increased or they had no time, up from 29 percent in 2011 to 37 percent in 2013. What’s more, women (44 percent) citied this as an obstacle more than men (33 percent).

A higher percentage of respondents — 85 percent in 2013 compared to 66 percent in 2011 — believe employee loyalty, health and performance suffer in workplaces without work-life flexibility.

The latest FSG/WLF research also found respondents were equally split between the 46 percent who described their employer’s commitment to work-life flexibility as strong and the 45 percent who described it as uncertain.

Among those who described the commitment as possibly weakening, 20 percent said it was evident their company reduced flexibility, 5 percent said they heard rumors or noticed signs of a decreased commitment, and 20 percent said their employers are committed for now. Further, 8 percent responded they didn’t know.

Source: Flex+Strategy Group/Work+Life Fit Inc.