Recession Didn’t Quash Work Life Flexibility, says Survey

2011 Work+Life Fit Reality Check

Work life concerns trump most content here at WorkLifeNation.com, but you can’t have those conversations without looking deeply into the rocky economic waters we’ve been floating in.

We’re coming out of a recession (we hope). The conventional wisdom is that most people feel fortunate to be employed and don’t want to rock the boat. Sometimes workplace perks go the wayside. But steady policy, which has proved to benefit the bottom-line, sometimes weathers the stormy seas. And it seems workplace or work-life flexibility practices managed to be a survivor of the tumult.

Despite the economic riptides, work life flexibility was not squashed in the recession, but instead has grown in popularity according to the 2011 Work+Life Fit Reality Check. Eight out of ten respondents reported that levels of work life flexibility survived, unchanged.

The report, sponsored by Work+Life Fit Inc., offers insight on the state of work life flexibility. Among its other conclusions:

  • The flexibility that existed before the downturn survived intact and is growing.
  • Since 2006, people are less afraid of the financial impact and negative perceptions of flexibility. But too little time and an overload of work gets in the way of implementation.
  • The majority of respondents concur that without optimal work life flexibility business will suffer.
  • Day-to-day, informatl flexibility is the most common form.
  • Men and women are equally as likely to want and use work life flexibility.

In this episode of Work Life Nation, I feature Cali Williams Yost, CEO of Flex Strategy Group and Work+Life Fit Inc. Her insights are quite surprising for our changing times. Cali is a friend and colleague who I have worked with in the past. I have great respect for her work.

Has work life flexibility increased or decreased for you as we come out of recession? Please share your thoughts and your solutions!