PIX Financial Fix: Flexible jobs on the rise

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Workplace flexibility is on the rise; why is this happening, and where can you find it if that’s what you desire? TheStreet’s Ross Kenneth Urken explains.  Workplace flexibility is the No. 1 job benefit on Americans’ wish list — more than retirement savings, more than free snacks. They want a little bit of independence.

Why are CEO and bosses in general allowing this?   It’s actually more beneficial longterm for the business. Companies can attract and retain more talented employees and forgo the expense of having to replace them. What’s more, firms can lower their expenses — avoiding, say, paying for office space and tech products for in-house employees, by having employees who work remotely, at least part of the time.

And what do employees most love about the arrangement?  They can cut out that wretched commute. The average commute in the U.S. is 26 minutes for full-time workers. Saving nearly an hour each day means they have time to handle other priorities — whether around the house, or even for their job without that wasted time.  In the age of technology where you can interface with your colleagues just as easily remotely — you can be more productive.

But what are the drawbacks?  There is the risk that people will lack the camaraderie of the workplace. All those #WFH (Working from Home) celebrations are not all blessing. The work can be isolating. You have to be self-motivated. But if you can make it work, here’s where to look.

What major employers are most flexible?  Urken says take a look at the following:

  1. Xerox
  2. Hilton
  3. Rosetta Stone
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