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By Christy Schutz
Here at The Work at Home Woman, we obviously tend to focus on how flexible work arrangements impact women. But, as I brainstormed for this post, I wondered what the trends looked like for today’s men in the workplace. Turns out men are seeking flexible, work arrangements from their employers, too, but the facts may surprise you.
I came across one study done in 2013 by Catalyst, the nonprofit organization focused on expanding opportunities for women and business. They polled more than 700 “high potential” men and women – MBA grads around the world from a variety of industries – about their perspective of and history with flexible working arrangements. This study was done after several high profile companies like Yahoo made their controversial announcements that they were ending their flexible work arrangement programs.
Some key findings the survey uncovered included:
- 81% of those surveyed reported that their companies provided flexible work options (defined as including telecommuting, flexible start/end times for the work day, flex time, compressed work weeks, reduced work/part-time and job sharing).
- It is just as common for men as it is for women to utilize their company’s flexible work arrangements.
- The type of flexible work arrangements men and women were most likely to take advantage of, however, were different. (more…)