Would You Trade Part of Your Salary for Flextime?

Here's proof that our priorities are shifting: A recent survey found that 45 percent of workers would trade part of their salary for more flexibility at work. In fact, they would sacrifice up to 8.6 percent of their salaries, on average, as opposed to the 5.8 percent from the previous year's survey. Do you agree? Find out your current salary worth here and then decide how much you'd be willing to trade for an extra day off. 

"We are beginning to see significant patterns in the value professionals of all ages place on workplace flexibility," said Allison O'Kelly, founder and CEO of the awesomely named Mom Corps, the staffing service which designed the survey. "More and more, we feel challenged by the collective pressures of a demanding work life, a hectic personal life and a desire to find fulfillment in both."

Interestingly, the younger demographic (18 - 34) was willing to give up a higher percent of their salary -- 13.8 percent, on average. Three out of five working adults surveyed said that flexibility is one of the most important factors in determining which jobs to apply for or companies to work for.

It wasn't just moms who wanted a flexible working arrangement, either: while 52 percent of the total sample said they'd consider starting a business just to have more work-life balance, 75 percent of men aged 35 - 44 were in favor of it.

Finally, it's nice to know that recession hasn't totally destroyed our optimism: although research from the Families and Work Institute indicates that only 3 percent of salaried employees work mainly from home, 67 percent of those surveyed by Mom Corps feel that it's possible to "have it all" in terms of balancing work and family.

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