Flexible Work Arrangements a Much Appreciated Benefit

June 2, 2010 (PLANSPONSOR.com) - A recent survey commissioned by Workplace Options found that while 83% of workers feel they have achieved a healthy work-life balance, there is still room for improvement.

Sixty-nine percent of workers indicated they would have more loyalty to their employers if they offered greater flexibility in managing time and schedules. Nearly nine-in-ten workers (86%) said they would take advantage of the ability to telecommute to do work from home when needed if offered by their companies, according to a press release.   

However, 62% of workers polled said they do not feel they could either effectively do their jobs via telecommuting or are unsure whether or not telecommuting would allow them to effectively do their jobs.  

Although flexibility is a welcomed benefit to workers, the survey found more Americans (48%) feel that they themselves are responsible for their own work-life balance than think the responsibility lies with the organization for which they work (17%), the organization’s industry association or union (8%), or the government (6%).   

One of every five workers (21%) are still undecided on whether or not the government should set minimum standards for paid sick days and paid family and medical leave, but nearly half (48%) said the government should not. Nearly half of workers (43%) either do not currently receive a paid time off (PTO) benefit or are unaware of it.  

The national survey was conducted by the North Carolina firm of Public Policy Polling, April 9-11, 2010, among 997 working Americans. Full results can be viewed at http://www.workplaceoptions.com/polls.asp.