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Flexible Resources Survey: Women & Their Managers Reveal Real Cost of Not Changing

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Our book, “The End of Work As We Know It” details surveys we did with professionals and their managers that prove the current 9-to-5 workplace model is hopelessly out of step with our evolving demographics and makes no sense for a 24/7 global workplace that is service-based and technology-driven.

The book was written by two workplace pioneers, Nadine Mockler and Laurie Young, founders of Flexible Resources, Inc., a staffing and consulting firm based in Stamford, CT with offices in Hartford and Fairfield, NJ.

The book details their extensive experience working with hundreds of professionals and the top companies they work for, including JP Morgan Chase, Pfizer, AT&T, Novartis, Avon, Kraft Foods, and many more. It examines how the current workplace model fails both families and businesses and demonstrates the real costs of not changing, including high turnover rates, high employee absenteeism and burnout, loss of competitiveness and inability to attract and retain the best workers.

In researching their book, Ms. Mockler and Ms. Young conducted extensive surveys with three key groups:

  • Professionals seeking flexible jobs at the professional level
  • Professionals in flexible positions
  • The managers who employ men and women in flexible jobs
Changing demographics and pyschographics are forcing businesses to change in ways that make mere “family-friendly” policies obsolete. Our survey results reveal the bottom-line cost of the workplace status quo:

In a survey of more than 500 women in the Northeast, they said:

  • I QUIT: 59 percent of women seeking flexible employment said they never bothered to ask their most recent employer if a flexible job could be arranged, believing they would be stigmatized by the request. The result is costly turnover; The percentage is even higher among Gen-X women;
  • PART-TIME IS PERMANENT: 56 percent of those inflexible jobs say they never plan to go back to a full-time job;
  • TRADITIONAL RETIREMENT IS OBSOLETE: 44 percent of those in flexible positions say then intend to work throughout their lives, and not retire in the traditional sense;
  • THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS: The younger the professional, the more apt to request a flexible arrangement up front, and more likely to quit to get one;
  • The ‘WEST WING’ IT ISN’T: Professionals employed in flexible jobs say office politics are virtually non-existent;
  • AND SHE FRIES IT UP IN THE PAN: 27% of women in flexible jobs are family breadwinners, contrary to belief that those working part-time aren’t on a serious career track or vital to the economy;
  • EVEN THE BOSS IS HAPPY: 75 percent of employers said their most recently hired flexible professional was “among the best” or “better the most” employees in the  company;
  • MORE PRODUCTIVE: 45 percent of those in flexible jobs say they are more productive than when they were employed in a full-time, 9-to-5 position
  • JUST LOOK AT THEM GO: 32 percent of managers say their flexible staff is “more motivated” than their conventionally employed staff
  • HEY, OVER HERE: 59% said flexible staffing is a key tool for attracting new talent;
  • ‘HOME ALONE’ NO MORE: Moms demand more flexibility – not less – as children get older.

“The End of Work As We Know It” is both a call to action and an instruction manual for creating a workplace that works for both families and businesses. It presents case studies and anecdotal evidence—in addition to extensive research – into how our current workplace is unworkable and how to get businesses to fully embrace work-life initiatives.

The book is available at www.barnesandnoble.com