The Secret to Happier Employees? Flextime

Flexible work arrangements are becoming increasingly popular within the corporate world, and for some candidates it's a deciding factor when choosing their next position, according to a recent survey conducted by TopGrading Solutions. The firm is part of MRINetwork, a search and recruitment organization specializing in supply chain planning and procurement.

When asked what non-monetary benefit the would most value, 36% of respondents indicated that they would like if their company implemented summer hours, while 35% stated an extra day off would be appreciated, 19% selected "other," while 6% would enjoy a company outing, and 4% wanted a role that allowed casual dress.

Of those who answered "other," many of them noted that they desired a flexible work schedule, one that might include the ability to work from home. "More companies are coming to the realization that healthy-minded employees are more productive employees," says Jason Breault, managing director of TopGrading Solutions. "Offering the flexibility that is important to employees is coming back in the effort those employees give back to the organization."

Breault also went on to state that many of his gainfully employed candidates are "eager to switch careers for a company that is big on culture and flexibility."

Summer hours, or the ability to work from home, may not work for every department, but it is gaining widespread popularity in companies who want to satisfy employees when financial rewards are limited. Handing out and extra day off, according to this survey, is just as beneficial.

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