The Importance of Flexibility for Employee Wellness
By Phil Bruen, VP
Group Life and Disability Products
In today’s competitive job market, with unemployment at record lows and employers struggling to fill open jobs, keeping employees at work is a business imperative. To foster retention, employers must understand the evolving needs of their workforce, which now includes five generations of workers. Across all generations, employees crave flexibility — and employers that meet this important need are rewarded with engagement and loyalty.
Offering employees flexible working schedules, as well as environments, is a key way employers can create an atmosphere that prioritizes the health and well-being of its workforce. According to MetLife’s 16th annual U.S. Employee Benefit Trends Study,1 72% of employees say that having the option to work remotely is important to maintain a balance between responsibilities at work and at home. And, as the Millennial generation is now the largest percentage of the workforce, it’s important for employers to know that 77% of them believe that flex time — access to flexibility in the hours an employee works — is an important benefit.
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