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Flexible Schedules Are Important to Nearly 3 in 4 Workers

talent statisticsWhether it’s getting home in time for a child’s soccer practice, taking an elderly parent to a doctor’s appointment, or even just skipping out for a few hours to get their hair and nails done, today’s workers will get the job done — but they want to do it on their own time.

Nearly 3 in 4 (72 percent) of workers say it’s important that a company offers flexible schedules, according to the 2013 Candidate Behavior study.

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The study, which takes into account responses from more than 2,700 hiring managers and 5,500 job seekers, seeks to patch the disconnect between what candidates expect when searching for jobs and what employers are delivering.

So in case you thought (or hoped) that work-life balance was one of those unreasonable perks that those pesky Millennials demanded, the data shows otherwise. While offering flex-time policies can certainly be used as a recruitment tool to attract top Millennial talent, it’s by no means limited to this demographic alone.

Does your company already have flex-time policies in place? If so, you’re already ahead of the curve and we’d love to hear your story. We also want to hear what your challenges are in implementing such a policy, so please tell us in the comments below or tweet us at @CBforEmployers using the hashtag #TalentFactor.

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Deanna Hartley

About Deanna Hartley

Deanna Hartley is a senior copywriter and community manager on the creative services team at CareerBuilder, where she writes about issues that are top of mind for employers and recruiters – including talent acquisition, employee engagement and retention. An avid social media user, Deanna is the face behind @CBforEmployers on Twitter as well as CBforEmployers’ Facebook and Instagram pages, so it’s easy to stay connected with her. Prior to joining CareerBuilder, Deanna was a senior editor for the Human Capital Media Group, publishers of Talent Management, Chief Learning Officer, Diversity Executive and Workforce Management magazines. Deanna holds a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. She loves caffeine, social media, pop culture and dogs – though not necessarily in that order.

Thank you, Deanna, for reminding us that we "older" folks 40+ want flexibility as well. In fact, we need it. Caring for aging parents is certainly a concern for older workers, and telecommuting is a godsend for these situations.


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