A recent Work-Life-Relationship survey conducted by FlexJobs, found that the majority of over 1,000 professionals think flexible work and better relationships go hand-in-hand. In fact, they thought that flexible work could have romantic benefits beyond just hand-holding -- 41% said having a job with flexible work options would improve their sex lives, with another 29% "hopeful" that it would!
More interesting findings on how a job with work flexibility could benefit your romantic relationships include:
- A whopping 81% said it would improve their marital relationships.
- 79% felt a flexible job would help their romantic life in some way.
- 46% said they would have more time for date nights.
- 81% felt they would be a more attentive spouse, partner, or significant other.
Flexible jobs were found to not only positively impact relationships with your significant other, but also with your “self”. In other large-scale studies, flexible work options have been shown to improve employees' overall health and well-being, and the FlexJobs Work-Life Relationship survey found that 88% of respondents felt they would be able to take better care of themselves. Specifically, alternative work arrangements such as the option to telecommute or have a flexible schedule would give 65% of those surveyed more time to keep in shape with exercise. As for feeling stressed out, 80% felt job flexibility would decrease their stress level. Overall, the vast majority (95%) felt work flexibility would be positive in their personal lives.
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The simple act of getting a more flexible work schedule or an option to telecommute can help people be more positive about their work situations. In fact, and overwhelming 96% of those surveyed felt they would a “happier person” if they didn’t have a rigid work environment. Being happier can lead you to being more engaged and friendly in your work environment, which in turn can improve your performance. And because an overwhelming 91% said they would have more time to spend with loved ones if given work flexibility, friends and family will reap the benefit from these happier professionals.
Even though the majority of professionals are certain that flexible jobs would improve their relationships, surprisingly this still isn’t the number one reason respondents want a flexible schedule. 77% just want plain, old work-life balance. Half of respondents said that their work-life balance needs improvement, with another 10% feeling their current work-life balance was outright “terrible”.
If you're working overtime this Valentine's Day, or feeling stretched to your limits with work and personal responsibilities, consider asking your boss for a more flexible work arrangement (bringing a Valentine’s gift of flowers, chocolates, or their favorite type of coffee could help sweeten the pitch!). And this Valentine’s Day, take some time with your honey (or your friends) to plot your paths to workplace flexibility. Your (future) relationship will thank you.