FlexJobs’ Survey Indicates Flexible Jobs Can Improve Love Life, Health and Happiness

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Findings highlight positive impact of flexible work arrangements; 99% think having a flexible job will make them happier

"Happier, healthier people typically are also more productive and engaged employees, so ultimately it benefits the workplace company culture and employers’ bottom lines as well," said Sara Sutton Fell, Founder and CEO of FlexJobs.

In anticipation of Valentine’s Day, FlexJobs, a premium service specializing in remote and flexible job opportunities, conducted a Work-Life-Relationship survey which asked over 2,000 respondents a variety of questions about how their work life impacts their relationships, health, stress levels, physical fitness frequency, and more. According to the results, flexible work arrangements offer positive benefits across the board for personal health, family and friend relationships, as well as romantic relationships.

Over 99% reported that a flexible job would make them a happier person in general and benefit their personal health. A “flexible job” is defined as a job that has a telecommuting, flexible schedule, freelance, or part-time component. Flexible jobs tend to offer more ability for workers to fit work into their lives in a way that reduces conflict between their personal and professional responsibilities.

When it comes to their personal health and family or friend relationships, specifically:

91% thought a flexible job would help them take better care of themselves
90% believed it would decrease their levels of stress
61% thought it would increase the frequency they exercised
89% said it would create more time to spend with family or friends

“While the more popular perks of flexible work, such as better work-life balance, reduced commute, and cost savings are well-known, there are other less obvious but still significant benefits, such as an improvements in health and even our love lives, " said Sara Sutton Fell, Founder and CEO of FlexJobs. “Happier, healthier people typically are also more productive and engaged employees, so ultimately it benefits the workplace company culture and employers’ bottom lines as well.”

Regarding their romantic relationships, respondents reported:

84% thought that having a job with work flexibility would help them be a more attentive spouse/partner/significant other
48% said it would benefit their romantic relationship, and another 29% were hopeful it would
49% thought it would increase time available for dates/date nights
42% said it would improve their sex life, and another 30% were optimistic it would

Among other findings, 100% telecommuting remains the most popular choice for flexible work (79%), with flexible schedules a second preference (47%). The full results of the survey can be viewed on the FlexJobs’ blog: http://www.flexjobs.com/blog/post/survey-flexible-jobs-improve-love-life-health-happiness/

*Demographic breakdown of respondents: Age: 79% between 30-59 years old; 9% between 20-29 years old; 12% 60 and older. Relationship status: Not currently in a relationship (24%), Dating (3%), Serious/Engaged (15%), Married (58%). Children: 40% have children 18 and under, 22% have children over than 18 and 38% do not have children.

To request additional information, please contact Kathy Gardner at kgardner(at)flexjobs(dot)com.

About FlexJobs
FlexJobs is the leading online service for professionals seeking telecommuting, flexible schedule, part-time, and freelance jobs. With flexible job listings in over 100 career categories, and opportunities ranging from entry-level to executive, freelance to full-time, FlexJobs offers job-seekers a safe, easy, and efficient way to find professional and legitimate flexible job listings. Having helped over one million people in their job searches, FlexJobs has has appeared on CNN, Good Morning America, Marketplace Money, and many other trusted media outlets.

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