Flexible Work Schedules Top Employee Productivity Wish List

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This release shares the results of a recent online poll asking workers to cite the number one benefit program that would make them more productive at work.

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Asked to name the one benefit program that would make them more productive on the job, an overwhelming majority of respondents (63%) cited a "flexible work schedule" -- the top reply to a recent poll by LifeCare®, Inc., a longtime leader in the work/life industry. The next most popular response was "enhanced health and wellness program" (10%).

Here are the full results of the poll, conducted throughout the month of June on LifeCare's private web site among employees of its 1,500 client organizations:

What one benefit program would enable you to be more productive at work?

  • Flexible work schedule – 63%
  • Enhanced health and wellness program – 10%
  • Enhanced child or elder care assistance – 8%
  • Stress management program – 7%
  • Time management program – 6%

Another six percent cited a variety of other reasons, each representing less than one percent. These included: family sick time, an on-site gym, regular break times and less micro-management.

"Clearly, flexible work schedules are attractive to far more people than Gen Y-ers alone," said LifeCare CEO, Peter G. Burki. "They're a great attraction and retention benefit because they enable people of all ages to take care of important obligations outside of their jobs -- caring for a spouse or older loved one, taking care of their children or addressing their own health and fitness needs."

However, Burki noted, flexible schedules don't work for every organization due to the nature of their business. In these cases, employers should look to the other items mentioned in the poll to enhance their attraction and retention strategies. "Enhanced wellness programs, enhanced child and elder care programs and stress management programs all offer employers a win-win proposition," he said. "They not only help employees become more focused and productive on the job but they also reduce an organization's medical expenses and other productivity losses related to these issues. They're the kind of benefits that end up paying for themselves in the long run."

Each month, LifeCare posts a poll on its private web site, asking individuals to share their thoughts and opinions on the latest issues and work/life trends. Past polls have addressed topics such as stress, health and wellness, aging, flexible work arrangements, and child and elder care needs.

About LifeCare®, Inc.
LifeCare offers cost-saving benefits that help clients reduce their most pervasive absenteeism and productivity drains, including child and elder care, caregiving support, health and wellness issues, and more. For more than two decades, LifeCare has led the work/life industry in the creation of high-quality, results-oriented programs designed to improve clients' bottom line. LifeCare serves 1,500 client companies with 4.5 million individuals within corporations, health plans, government agencies and unions. For more information, visit http://www.lifecare.com.

Notes to Editors
LifeCare's CEO, Peter G. Burki, is available for interview.

Media contact: Michael Civiello; 203-291-4170

This press release was distributed through eMediawire by Human Resources Marketer (HR Marketer: http://www.HRmarketer.com) on behalf of the company listed above.

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