Survey: A Happy Worker Is A Flexible Worker

August 6, 2003 ( - One-third of those recently polled said the key to happiness in their current post would be greater flexibility in the schedule.

Schedule flexibility was by far the greatest factor in job satisfaction among workers surveyed by staffing agency OfficeTeam. Other responses to the question “”Which one of the following would give you greater satisfaction in your current job?” included:

  • 17% – more autonomy in making decisions
  • 17% – more variety in work projects
  • 17% – more collaboration with others
  • 14% – something else/none of the above
  • 2% – don’t know/no answer.

“Firms that have made staff reductions are relying heavily on remaining employees to assume expanded responsibilities,” said Liz Hughes, vice president of OfficeTeam, in a statement. “But more work often means longer hours, which can lead to burnout. A flexible schedule can alleviate some of the burden and allow for greater work-life balance for staff.”

To assist companies in scheduling greater flexibility in employee schedules, OfficeTeam offers some tips:

  • focus on results, not face time
  • take a personal interest
  • pay attention to timing
  • keep daily issues in mind.

The survey, developed by OfficeTeam, was conducted by an independent research firm and includes responses from 613 men and women, all 18 years of age or older and employed. More information about OfficeTeam can be found at .