National Flex Day, started in 2013, is a time to assess the state of flexible work and take stock of both how far we’ve come and where flexible work needs to go. Celebrated on the third Tuesday of every October, 1 Million for Work Flexibility, in partnership with FlexJobs, is leading the charge for National Flex Day to raise awareness of the need for work flexibility. In conjunction with our fifth anniversary, help us celebrate National Flex Day this year on October 16.

What Is National Flex Day?

National Flex Day, held during October’s National Work and Family Month, seeks to inspire employers and employees alike to unite behind the need for work flexibility, bring awareness to the benefits, and move the issue forward on a national scale.

1 Million’s sister site, FlexJobs, found that remote work increased 115% from 2005 to 2015. National Flex Day can be a catalyst to increase this number in next 10 years and put even more workers in control of their work life.

How Is Flexible Work Beneficial?

We’ve covered the multitude of flexible work benefits—workers have been found to be more productive, companies see reduced turnover and increased employee retention, employers can stand to save up to $10,000 per full-time remote employee, remote workers can save tons of greenhouse gas emissions by not commuting to work, and companies that offer telecommuting can expand their hiring pool to people all over the country or world. Flexible work leads to happier employees, and happier employees in turn become more loyal. This is a lot to celebrate!

How We’re Celebrating

1 Million for Work Flexibility is partnering with FlexJobs to celebrate National Flex Day on Tuesday, October 16, 2018, by hosting a webinar and a month-long contest to raise awareness about the importance of work flexibility.

“As 1MFWF marks its 5th anniversary this October, both 1MFWF and FlexJobs are so excited to promote National Flex Day as an opportunity for employers and employees to better understand the critical need for work flexibility and help advocate for the power of flexible work arrangements,” said Sara Sutton, founder and CEO of FlexJobs and 1 Million for Work Flexibility.

“This year’s supporters include great employers from both the public and private sector (U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Hiring Our HeroesCongressman Connolly Staffers; Senior Executives Association; and Global HR/Mobile Talent), demonstrating the great variety of businesses that are embracing work flexibility as a sustainable and smart business strategy,” Sutton concluded.

Activities to celebrate National Flex Day, which can be promoted using the hashtag #NationalFlexDay, will include:

  • A webinar on Tuesday, October 16 about the benefits of work flexibility and how to get a flexible job, featuring Mohammed Chahdi, director, global human resources at Dell Technologies; Brie Reynolds, senior career specialist at FlexJobs; and digital nomad Jason Byer. (Register here!)
  • A contest, with a chance to win one of 10 $100 gift cards or 25 three-month FlexJobs memberships.
  • Twitter polls throughout October 16. Follow @FlexJobs to weigh in!

The Takeaway

1 Million for Work Flexibility seeks to raise awareness around and promote the benefits of flexible work in order to bring work-life balance to the lives of workers everywhere. We are passionate about educating individuals and businesses about how work flexibility is becoming more important and necessary to our everyday lives.

In FlexJobs’ annual survey, 77% of respondents said they believe having a flexible job would allow them to be healthier (eat better, exercise more, etc.) and 86% said they would be less stressed. Work-life balance (73%) was ranked more important than salary (70%) when evaluating a job prospect, and a whole 61% of said they have left or considered leaving a job because it did not have work flexibility.

These numbers show us that workers are demanding and expecting work flexibility. They know it’s good for their work life and personal life—and good for employers too. We hope that this National Flex Day shines a bright light on the need for and the benefits of flexible work to ultimately result in more companies offering this desirable way to work.

We encourage you to join the work flexibility movement by adding your name to 1MFWF and show your support.

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