One of biggest benefits of flexible work is the positive impact it has on the bottom line. Employers can reap substantial savings as well as see greater returns from increased productivity, better employee health, reduced absences, and better retention. Those benefits have broader implications for a more robust economy at large.
Here’s how work flex promotes a stronger economy, from the perspective of our 1 Million for Work Flexibility community.
Reduced overhead leads to more job opportunities.
With companies shelling out less money per each individual office worker, savings can be reinvested back into the company by hiring more workers. On a larger scale, flexible work options can positively contribute to the number of people in the workforce.
“Companies could save office costs with telecommuting, which could translate to more hiring, reduction in unemployment rates and a stronger economy.”
-Joyce, Stoughton, MA
Flex means that more people are able to work.
There are many reasons why people may not be able to commute into the workplace. A disability may make commuting a near impossibility, or a military spouse might find him- or herself picking up and moving from one county (or country) to another. Working without having to worry about physically being in an office means that more people can be gainfully employed.
“Flexibility in how we work will allow more people to join the work force than ever before. More people working productively will make our society more successful as we move ahead together.”
-Sandhya, Laguna Hills, CA
Flex work can lead to better health.
Being stuck in an office all day rarely leaves much, if any, time for personal wellbeing. Having a remote job or one with a flexible schedule means that workers can be productive, getting all of their work done, and also schedule time to make their physical and mental health a priority. In turn, healthier workers means a healthier company, healthier nation, and healthier economy.
“Freedom to work less than 40 hours per week so that I have time to live a healthier life. If more people had this option, we’d be a healthier nation, less burdened by healthcare costs!”
-Renee, South Burlington, VT
Flex improvies rural opportunities.
Imagine that you live in one of the most rural places in the United States (or even the world). How are you going to commute into your job—or even find a job that matches your skills and education? Work flex frees you from being geographically challenged and allows workers to find work that fulfills them, no matter what their location.
“Individuals in rural areas need access to better career options that don’t offer low pay or require a long commute.”
-Michelle, Morehead, KY
Work flex is inspirational.
Let’s face it: work flexibility is a cure-all for much of what ails both employers and employees. Advances in technology have made it possible for people to find work no matter where they live. It provides both employers and employees with work-life balance. It helps to bring families together and keeps them healthy and less stressed. It boosts companies’ bottom lines by having an invested, productive, and motivated workforce. Both employers and employees save money by not having to be all together in an office all the time, and that money can be reinvested in things that truly matter.
“Work flexibility is motivating, providing options for innovation, opportunities, and efficiencies in the work place.”
-Anita, Puyallup, WA
Readers, what do you think about work flex’s ability to promote economic prosperity? Let us know by joining the movement and chiming in with your reasons why you’re pro-flex.
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