Even before 2020, the 9-to-5 workday was slowly becoming outdated, with more people wanting flexible jobs. But Covid-19 may have pushed the needle a little further.
According to a study from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Americans spent their time differently in 2021 than before the pandemic. That includes less time commuting, sleeping more, relaxing more and more time cooking and cleaning.
The desire for a flexible work day didn’t just go away when Covid-19 calmed down. Research from CareerBuilder found flexible jobs attract seven times more applicants than jobs with more traditional hours.
“People are not going to return to work the way they have in the past,” said Kristin Kelley, Chief Marketing Officer at CareerBuilder. “Flexibility is the new norm and expectation from employees. We’re going to see this trend continue in the months ahead.”
Benefits of Flexible Work Schedules
There are several advantages for employees who may be pursuing or already working a flexible job.
Leading job site Indeed points out the following four benefits:
- Work-Life Balance
- Professional Development
Balancing Work and Home Life
If you’re looking to switch to a job that offers more flexibility, consider the impact on your work-life balance. When you have control over when you work, it gives you the freedom to take care of your personal life when you need to. Instead of taking time off for an appointment or to pick up your child from school, you can shift your hours a bit.
The team at Indeed points out that flexibility at work allows you to pursue professional development opportunities or continue your education. The typical time constraints of a 9-to-5 don’t limit you. You can adjust your schedule accordingly to accommodate taking a class.
Health and Happiness
The National Institutes of Health found there is a correlation between flexible jobs are increased well-being and reduced stress.
Data also shows that flexibility was positively related to happiness.
Contentment at Work
Another benefit of flexible jobs was higher job satisfaction.
“When you’re more satisfied with your job, you may find it more enjoyable to interact with colleagues, go to work and perform your duties,” according to Indeed. “Higher job satisfaction can also lead to higher productivity and engagement.”
Benefits to the Employer
Indeed also pointed out these positive effects of flexible work schedules on the employer:
- Employees are more engaged with their work and more productive.
- Companies can retain staff longer.
- It might lead to better job attendance and fewer days off.
For more on this, check out the Indeed article.
About Advena Healthcare Staffing
When you work for a healthcare staffing agency like us, you have the freedom and flexibility to plan when you want to work and where you want to work.
Advena Healthcare Staffing is dedicated to helping hospitals, health centers, long-term care and assisted living communities staff open needs throughout Kansas.
We staff nurses, CNAs and CMAs, as well as DONs and Administrators. Placements include temporary or permanent, full-time or part-time and PRN positions.
To learn how you can join our team, click here or call Jennifer, our Director of Staffing and Client Relations, at (785) 789-3944.
If you’re interested in working with us, feel free to reach out to Kaitie, our Director of Business and Talent Recruiting.