FlexJobs Survey Results: 98% Feel Flexible Work Would Make Them A Better Parent


Boulder, CO (PRWEB) December 14, 2012

A November 2012 “Parents & Work” survey of 725 parents interested in flexible jobs, conducted by FlexJobs, found that although 91% of todays parents need to work, 76% of these parents also “want” to work. Unfortunately, traditional full-time jobs conflict with important parts of taking care of families, agreed 96% of the respondents.

One common example of that work-life conflict is sick children. 81% of parents have missed work to take care of a sick child and 58% have worried about losing pay or their job because of it. As a result of this fear, 42% of parents have chosen to miss important events in their childrens’ lives and 57% have used sick time or paid time off to attend those events. However, this group of job seeking parents is also optimistic, with 81% saying they can be both great parents and employees if given flexible work options.

When asked what the most important factor in their next job is, respondents overwhelmingly chose flexible work options as most important (89%), followed by pay (50%), then feeling good about the company, the people and the corporate culture (44%), having a relatively short commute (36%), finding a job in line with their career path (34%), and finding a challenging job (33%).

I think that employers should really be paying attention when parents in this day and age choose workplace flexibility over money, said Sara Sutton Fell, CEO of FlexJobs. “Many employers and even job-seekers think these jobs are on the fringe of the employment market, but with technology making it so much easier to work from anywhere and anytime, it just isnt true anymore. 75% of those surveyed know another parent who has a telecommuting or flexible job. This generation of parents is focused on balancing their professional and family obligations, and they dont want to let one overrun the other.”

The demographics of this study showed parents who want workplace flexibility are overwhelmingly well-educated (82% have a college degree), they’re married (81%) women (93%) between 30 and 49 years of age (79%), and they are “experienced” professionals (say 57%, followed by “manager” at 26% and “executive” at 9%).

The Impact on Employers

The results demonstrate employers looking to hire this group of motivated professionals should consider workplace flexibility initiatives like full-time telecommuting (the first choice of 41% of respondents), flexible schedules (27%), occasional telecommuting (18%), and part-time schedules (11%). The survey responses also indicate that parents would give up a part-time schedule and work full-time if they could telecommute or have a flexible schedule.

Employers might also see a more productive workforce with the right flexible work options. 95% of parents said that they would maintain or improve their productivity if they worked from home, and 84% said they would miss fewer work days from sickness or unplanned absences.

The Impact on Community Involvement

Workplace flexibility could also lead to an increase in community involvement, with 89% of parents saying that a flexible job would allow them to spend more time volunteering in their children’s school and organized activities. 50% of those would be first-time volunteers.

“Its clear from the results that allowing parents the option to work from home would give them more time to give back to their community and also get them back into the workforce, shared Fell.

The Holidays and Workplace Flexibility

The survey also aimed to understand what stress working parents feel this time of year and how workplace flexibility might alleviate that burden. According to respondents, even if they take vacation or paid time off during the holidays, 53% will still be expected to check in or work from home on their days off. Add to that additional childcare challenges during the holidays, which 29% of parents surveyed face, and it becomes clear why 78% of parents said the holiday season stresses them out.

“Workplace flexibility allows parents to balance and rebalance their work and family lives based on the needs of any given season or situation,” said Fell, “so it’s clear that flexible jobs would help to lessen the feelings of stress that so many working parents feel during the holidays.”

Full results of the survey can be viewed at:http://www.flexjobs.com/blog/post/flexjobs-survey-parents-who-want-to-work-from-home/

For media inquiries, please contact Chelsea Gladden, Chelsea (at) flexjobs (dot) com or 1-866-991-9222 x4.

About FlexJobs

FlexJobs is the leading online service for hand-screened and professional flexible, part-time, telecommuting, and freelance job listings. FlexJobs gives job seekers an ad-free way to find legitimate jobs quickly, easily, and safely. A proud member of the Better Business Bureau, FlexJobs skilled research team provides quality job leads in over 50 career categories, ranging from entry-level to executive, freelance to full-time. FlexJobs is a green, carbon-balanced company which is leading the way to the future of work by promoting telecommuting and flexible jobs that allow people to enjoy work and life in environmentally sustainable ways.

To find out more about FlexJobs, visit http://www.FlexJobs.com.







Intern Bridge 2011 National Internship Salary Survey Results to Be Released

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Austin, Texas (PRWEB) February 7, 2012

Bridge intern began leading research nations colleges and recruitment consulting firm, today the release of data from its national survey completed training period by more than 25,000 students from 250 universities. In 2011 Internship Salary Report, the company is headquartered details of the business case for offering paid internships to first-hand data. The full report is February 22 during a webinar, results in the depths of college recruitment and internship directors discuss the benefits are released.

trends data in this report show that the real estate work experience continues to provide college students to have important when looking for their first full-time employment. But while wages paid internships have increased in 2011, remain unpaid more than half of the investments reported. Unpaid internships are working against the recruitment efforts of long-term business. Legal challenges to unpaid internships are to continue to increase, which employ about liabilities for companies that unpaid interns.

students need to have practical experience in the competitive labor market, in which to complete it. Internships also provide a rich source of potential talent for business. It’s a win-win situation for everyone involved. Said Robert Shindell, director of content and development of internal resources to the bridge. Yet could cost companies that take interns, we are not creating a variety of recruitment and potential legal challenges to the long-term compensation, much more than students of relatively low prices paid fairly.


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that offer as little as one extra dollar per hour has a direct impact on the future of the student’s career and accepting a job offer. For example, students who were paid an average of $ 13.80, they agreed to consider working for their employers to full-time internship in which students who have obtained at all $ 11.39.

The report also details that 77% of students to work outside activities while working an unpaid internship experience, and that only 35% of the total workforce is able to get any type of financial support from their parents. This leaves less time available for trainees to work on to focus on their employers, or students need to miss an important academic activities.

“The students are provided in investments for the valuable work experience and college credit, not the wages they pay to participate, says Shindell. In fact, the most important reasons to pursue internships for students to do with practical experience in their field study to learn new skills, build their network and learning of an industry.

The report and full results in a webinar on February 22 at 1:00 ET clock news. Robert Shindell Salary internships Home in 2012: trends, data and impact on career centers, students and employers to verify the results in detail, and participants will receive a copy of the report. To register, visit http://www.internbridge.com/workshops/wages2012.


About Intern Bridge


Intern Bridge is the leader of the nation’s college recruiting consulting and market research. We ask every year about 25,000 students, trends in training and recruitment experience to capture. The survey data is critical to the basis for our work: helping companies build their programs, entry-level talent, and support the career center to better serve their student population

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Our work is supported by a variety of methods, including national tours of workshops, online webinars and professional development conferences, publications, custom research and consulting performed. Thousands of bridges internal best practices for recruiting college, sold books. More than 10,000 recruiters, managers and practitioners have made in our Career Center Professional Development. We have worked with over 80% of Fortune 100 organizations, in addition to being represented on almost every college campus in the nation.

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