Workplace Flexibility is a Top Consideration for Nearly Three-Fourths of U.S. Working Adults

Sep 03, 2013, 09:53 ET from Mom Corps

ATLANTA, Sept. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Mom Corps (, a national talent acquisition and career development firm, today released findings from its third annual workplace survey, conducted online on its behalf by Harris Interactive1. The survey examines the perceptions and preferences of U.S. working adults related to workplace flexibility and work/life choices.

Trending results show continuing shifts in work preferences, including interesting gender differences and alignment. Here are some highlights:

  • 73% of working adults agree that flexibility is one of the most important factors they consider when looking for a new job or deciding what company to work for—a more than 10% jump from 2012 (61%) and 2011 (62%) surveys.
  • Almost half (47%) of working adults agree that asking for flexible work options would hurt their chances of job advancement.
  • 75% of working adults report having "at least a little" flexibility at work, up from 68% in 2012 and 64% in 2011.
  • 39% of working adults have considered leaving or have left a job because it wasn't flexible enough.

"These statistics and other findings lead to many conclusions about how flexibility fits into the workplace, our personal lives and the decisions we make," says Mom Corps founder/CEO Allison O'Kelly. "We are at an interesting middle point. Many U.S. workers are willing to give up salary and make job decisions based on flexibility, while at the same time feel it might negatively affect their career paths. We see more employees asking for the work situations they need and more companies offering flexibility as a talent management strategy. The main takeaway from this year's survey is that flexible work trends are gaining attention and momentum."

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Mom Corps is a national talent acquisition and career development firm with a focus on flexibility founded by Allison O'Kelly in 2005. The company has since grown to a candidate database of over 150,000 professionals and nationally with offices across the U.S.

1Survey methodology
This survey was conducted online within the U.S. by Harris Interactive on behalf of Mom Corps from July 29-31, 2013 among 2,013 adults ages 18 and older, of whom 886 are employed full-time and/or part-time. This survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated.

SOURCE Mom Corps