5 Things 2016 Taught Us About Flexible Work

5 Things 2016 Taught Us About Flexible Work
From Recruiter - January 19, 2017

Given that40 percent of U.S. workers are engaged in some form of contingent work, its safe to say that nontraditional work arrangements have gone mainstream.

Chief among these newly embraced nontraditional work arrangements is flexible work. Working from home and flexible schedules were once the coveted privileges of the few, but nowadays even entry-level workers straight out of college canfind positions with flexible hours and locations.

A broadrange of work falls into the flexible category, including remote work, freelancing, and the ever-elusive digital nomad lifestyle.

FlexJobs, a career site tailored to individuals looking for flexibility in their work lives, took some time at the end of 2016 to look back on the year in flexible work. Here are the highlights:

1. Telecommuters Love Their Jobs More Than Anyone Else

Forty-five percent of telecommuters love their jobs, compared to 38 percent of mobile workers and only 24 percent of office workers, according to a studyfromLeadership IQ. Not only do they love their jobs, but telecommuters are also more ambitious than traditional office workersand more willing to take drastic measures to meet deadlines, such as staying up all night.

2. Professionals Will LeaveJobs That Are Too Rigid

Thirty-three percent of professionals have actually left a job, and another 14 percent have thought about it, because the job had no flexibility, according to FlexJobs FifthAnnual Super Survey. In addition, 18 percent of respondents reported keeping their ears to the ground in case something more flexible came up. People want flexible work so badly that only 3 percent of respondents said they cared if taking such a job affected their career progression.


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