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Stress & Retention

DALLAS – Jan. 15, 2014 – According to a new study from CareerBuilder, 21% of full-time employees plan to switch jobs in 2014. How can employers counteract this trend and retain top talent? According to a new survey from Regus, the world’s largest provider of flexible workspace, the answer is flexibility. The data shows that flexible working practices actually increase retention while decreasing stress, leading to happy, productive and loyal employees.

Here are the hard facts from a survey of more than 6,000 U.S. business people:

  • 79% would choose one job offer over another similar one if it offered flexible working
  • 78% believe that flexible working improves staff retention
  • 77% believe flexible working makes employees more loyal
  • 77% believe that flexible working attracts top talent
  • 72% feel that flexible working is helping to ease work-related stress (i.e. loss of sleep, illness, absenteeism, etc.)

Some examples of flexible working include working from home, remote working options, flexible hours and commuting alternatives to lead to a greater work/life balance. Companies from American Express to Aetna are topping lists with the most flexibility.

As employers work to keep the best talent in 2014, flexible working must remain top of the benefit list.