2013: Employees Sense Weakened Commitment to Work Life Flexibility / Lack of Training Contributes to Eroding Confidence

Our latest national research finds that while almost all full-time employees reported they had some type of flexibility in 2013, more than 4 in 10 full-time employees were uncertain about their employer’s commitment to that flexibility.  The findings are based on a national probability sample of 556 full-time employed adults.  Our research, part of a biennial study first conducted in 2006, also found:

  • A majority of employees did not receive training or guidance on how to manage work life flexibility.
  • A majority of employees continue to cite obstacles to work life flexibility with the number of employees noting their workloads increased/they had no time rising from 29% in 2011 to 37% in 2013.  Women cited this obstacle significantly more than men.
  • A higher percentage of respondents (85%in 2013 compared to 66% in 2011) believe employee loyalty, health and performance suffer in workplaces without work life flexibility.

This research was made possible with the support of Quest Diagnostics and is based on a December 2013 telephone survey conducted by ORC International with a margin of error of +/- 4 percent. Findings and analysis are solely FSG/WLF’s.


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