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Flexible Resources: 20% of Women Seeking Flexibility are Childless

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Despite the belief that the onset of parenthood is the driving force
behind women’s quest for flexible work arrangements,
20 percent of those seeking flexibility are childless.

The statistic was part of extensive research conducted in 2001 by Flexible Resources®, Inc., the nation’s leading consulting and staffing firm specializing in creating flexible work arrangements at the professional level.“The perception is that only women with children want flexible work, but in fact we are seeing more women – and increasingly men – who value control over their lives as much or more than compensation,” said Nadine Mockler, president of Flexible Resources.

“We conducted our most recent surveys prior to Sept. 11. Since then, the percentage of childless candidates has increased, as more and more people are putting their priorities in order and are unwilling to ‘wait until they have kids’ to attain a balance between work and their personal lives,” said Mockler.

Another statistic that runs counter to conventional wisdom – 59 percent of the candidates who came to Flexible Resources, Inc.® seeking a flexible position had not asked their current employer if a flexible job could be arranged. Gen-Xers are more aggressive in their quest for flexibility – 53 percent of those 25-35 years of age requested a flexible position vs. just 38 percent of Baby Boomers. Those who are refused often begin their job searches shortly thereafter.

What does this mean for businesses? That flexible staffing has bottom-line implications for business and is key to attracting and retaining today’s top young talent. “Businesses need to make their flexible work options clear and available to all employees. They are not the purview of moms anymore,” said Mockler. “Most employers have no idea they lost a valued employee because of an unfulfilled desire for flexibility.”

Every two years Flexible Resources, Inc.® conducts surveys with three key groups: flexible job-seekers; professionals in flexible positions, and the managers who employ them. Flexible Resources, Inc.® is located in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Boston and Chicago. Complete survey data including tables is available from Flexible Resources, Inc.® For more information visit www.flexibleresources.com

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