Next to salary, a flexible schedule is the most prized aspect of a job, and the ability to telecommute isn’t far behind, according to a new survey of employees. The study, conducted by CareerBuilder last November, surveyed more than 3,900 employees to find out what job factors matter most to today’s workers.Not surprisingly, a large salary is at the top of every employee’s wish list, with 88 percent of respondents ranking it as a key factor in job satisfaction. But beating out “being able to make a difference” and “challenging work” was a flexible schedule, with 59 percent naming it a key perk.One out of three employees named the ability to telecommute as a make-or-break issue, valuing it more than academic reimbursement, owning a company car, or having an office. Rosemary Haefner, the vice president of human resources at CareerBuilder, summed up the results nicely:
Being compensated well will always be a top consideration, but we’re seeing work-life balance, telecommuting options and learning opportunities outweigh other job factors when an employee decides whether to stay with an organization.
We’re with you, Ms. Haefner. Here at VM, we encourage flexible work hours and working from home. Teleworking makes the team happy, it helps ensure we have people standing by to cover the news seven days a week, and it helps us do our part in saving the environment. What’s not to love?