10 Ways Work Flexibility Can Lead to a Better Life
People who seek out flexible work arrangements are usually hoping for a better life, looking to excel in their jobs while also improving their work-life balance. At least, that’s the standard line.
But really, how can flexwork make your life better? More than ever, work flexibility gives employees more control over their work lives, and that can make a huge difference in their overall career satisfaction.
10 Ways Flexibility Contributes to a Better Life
1. Increases Productivity and Work-Life Balance
A recent FlexJobs survey found that both productivity and work-life balance improved during the pandemic. According to our annual Super Survey of more than 4,000 people working remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic, 51% said they’ve been more productive. Significantly, 73% said their work-life balance was better because they were working from home.
2. Stops the Spread of Germs
Well before the pandemic, there were indications that working from home can lead to fewer office germs, especially during the cold and flu season. Now, factors like stay-at-home orders, social distancing, masks, and other restrictions put in place during the pandemic have helped reinforce the idea that working from the confines of home can help keep you and your loved ones safer and healthier. Plus, by working from home, you’re doing your part to keep others outside your immediate circle safer as well.
3. Gives You More Family Time
With more working parents taking on school duties during the pandemic, working from home with kids has taken on an extra layer of responsibility and intensified the work-family juggling act. However, having more time to spend with your family is a big perk for many remote workers.
4. May Enable You to Work From Anywhere
There can be tremendous freedom in the ability to work wherever you have access to a reliable internet connection and a suitable workspace. Top companies hiring for work-from-anywhere jobs span a range of industries, giving qualified professionals a broad range of remote work opportunities that often allow them to pick up and relocate when and where they choose to, whenever they need to.
5. Lets You Balance Caregiving and Work
Often, people who shoulder the role of primary caregiver for a parent or loved one still need to work for an income. That can be a dual burden, but it’s yet another reason why work flexibility can make a huge difference. The ability to work flexibly, whether in a remote or part-time role or in a job with scheduling flexibility, can help ease the burden of worrying about how to pay the bills while you’re providing care at the same time.
6. It’s an Eco-Friendly Way to Work
Protecting the planet is one of 17 goals set by the United Nations in its Sustainable Development Goals, which set targets for achieving a more sustainable future by 2030. Work flexibility, including remote and part-time work, can help the world stay on pace to reduce our overall carbon footprint and address climate change head-on. Need more evidence? Scientific research shows positive changes in U.S. air pollution during the pandemic when much of the country was under lockdown.
7. Improves Mental Health
There’s both anecdotal and documented evidence that working flexibly can make for better mental health and happiness. A survey by FlexJobs and Mental Health America found that people with flexible work report better mental health. Respondents reported that having flexible jobs gives them the space to establish better work-life balance and a better life.
8. Creates Community Connection
Are you interested in volunteering to help people in need in your community? Is there a charitable organization that could use your help? When you have a flexible schedule, you can more easily find time to help out and fill those roles, benefiting you, your community, and the people and organizations you’re helping out.
9. Saves You Money
On average, working from home can save you $4,000 or more annually, based on factors like where you live, your commute, and other choices you may make. You can save on commuting and transportation costs, clothing, and meals, not to mention tax breaks that may be available for setting up and maintaining your home office and other expenses.
10. Helps You Transition to a New Career
Work flexibility can help ease the transition to a second-act career that’s rewarding and suits your life’s passions. Studying the paths of famous career changers, or anyone who has successfully transitioned to a brand-new career, can be both inspiring and instructive. Part-time jobs, volunteering, or internship positions can be great flexible options to help bridge the gap between your present career and your next one.
When work flexibility is an option, employees and companies alike stand to gain. And, as this list shows, the benefits for workers can go way beyond business-related metrics like increased productivity.
The bottom line is this: For companies, it’s worth providing work flexibility to recruit and retain the best workers and to keep them happy and engaged. For employees, it’s worth pursuing flexibility because, quite simply, it makes life better.
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