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Perks of Work: Rewards in Store When Workday Can Be Rearranged

Feb. 21, 2020, 11:01 AM

Time for Perks of Work, our weekly recap of intriguing data, surveys, and trends about the 21st century workplace.

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Taking a Breather

Fans of flexible work arrangements say setting their own schedule is essential to their mental health.

Remote-working hub FlexJobs polled 3,900 workers about how the daily grind affects their mind, body, and soul.

Some 35% of respondents said they’ve had to leave jobs to deal with personal problems such as divorce and deaths in the family. Nearly nine out of 10 said they would have stayed on if flexible scheduling had been an option.

Finding the time to resolve major issues is clearly important. But many said the magic of flex time is scoring everyday wins.

Nearly everyone, 95%, said flexible scheduling makes them “a happier person in general,” while 86% said flexibility is a stress reliever.

And 67% of respondents said leaving the 9-to-5 world would allow them to firm up their fitness regimen.

Work-Life balance. What’s That?

Taking advantage of flexible scheduling probably sounds like a dream to employees whose professional lives tend to intrude on everything else. Childcare provider Bright Horizons surveyed working parents about what they’ve given up to keep their careers going.

About six in 10 respondents (62%) said they’ve missed a family activity because of work commitments. Two out of five said their partner has “given them a tough time” for skipping out on special occasions.

Hurt feelings is one thing. Risking one’s health and/or sanity is another.

More than a third of respondents, 36%, said they had to cancel doctor’s appointments because of work. About a quarter said they’ve put off family vacations because, well, who’s got time to relax?

Civic Minded

Tired: Arguing about politics at work. Wired: Getting to vote without jeopardizing your paycheck.

Coalition builder Time to Vote has pulled together nearly 400 companies committed to making it easy for workers to exercise their right to vote this fall.

The two-year-old campaign urges employers to make Election Day as pain-free as possible. Proposed solutions include: offering paid leave to those heading to the polls; clearing the office calendar of meetings that day; and providing mail-in ballots for staff members who simply can’t get away.

Companies that have signed on to make voting a priority on Nov. 3 include: retailers Best Buy and Walmart, beverage producers Allagash Brewing Company and La Colombe Torrefaction, and clothiers Levi Strauss & Co. and Patagonia.

Hungry for more? Send any tips, polls, or story pitches to wrojas@bloomberglaw.com.

To contact the reporter on this story: Warren Rojas in Washington at wrojas@bloomberglaw.com

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Fawn Johnson at fjohnson@bloomberglaw.com; Peggy Aulino at maulino@bloomberglaw.com

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