Nearly seven in 10 working parents have left or considered leaving a job because it lacked flexibility, a new study finds.
These jobs make things a little easier on working parents.
A new survey from FlexJobs finds that working parents rank work-life balance (84%) as more important than salary (75%) when considering whether to take a job or not.
Of the 1,100 parents with children under the age of 18 who were surveyed, 75% also ranked flexible work options as a top factor in determining the jobs they chose to take. And 81% of working parents who list flexible jobs as important cite work-life balance as the reason they want those jobs, and 78% cite family.
“Most working parents in general really need some sense of work-life balance in order to successfully have a family and career, and flexible jobs make this possible,” Jacquelyn Smith, director of content at FlexJobs, told Moneyish. “So many people have 9 to 5 jobs and are gone for 10,11,12 hours a day, and that leaves very little time for their family and social life. Remote jobs offer this balance (that) so many people seek, especially working parents.”
In fact, the study also reports that 69% of working parents have left or considered leaving a job because it lacked flexibility, and 62% of working parents think they are more productive working from home than in a traditional workplace. And about one-third (34%) of millennials have quit their jobs because it didn’t offer enough work flexibility, according to PayScale.
And studies show that working from home can boost productivity and decrease employee attrition, and that those who work remotely take shorter breaks, have fewer sick days, and take less time off.
“We often find that you are more productive when working in an environment that you can control,” Smith said. “Of course there are distractions at home, and we highly recommend that parents who work at home have some sort of childcare. But there’s more peace of mind for parents when they are less distracted and less worried about what their child is doing.”
Some high-paying jobs for parents needing flexibility include: strategy managers, who make a median salary of $99,000; data scientists, whose median pay is $91,000; and DevOps engineers, who make a median salary of $91,000, according to FlexJobs — using Glassdoor’s list of top jobs for work-life balance, which was based on employee feedback shared on the job site, as well as Business Insider’s list of low-stress professions.
But, there are a few things to keep in mind when considering these jobs. Sometimes those pay rates are for those who are mid-level or more senior in their careers, Smith said. This means that making a salary as high as some of those listed probably requires a certain level of experience. But there are certainly remote jobs available to all career levels, and can be done right out of college with as little as one to two years of experience.
And while some of these jobs can be done completely remotely, others still require workers to go into the office some of the time. Smith added that it depends on each individual company and position.
Jobs in technology dominate the list of flexible jobs with work-life balance.This might be because of the gap between supply and demand in the tech industry, meaning that workers in this field can be more selective in choosing jobs and in negotiating work terms like flexibility.
Median pay for 12 high-paying remote jobs that can offer work-life balance, according to FlexJobs
- Strategy Manager: $99,000
- Data Scientist: $91,000
- DevOps Engineer: $91,000
- Scrum Master: $86,000
- Creative Director: $86,000
- Research Engineer: $80,000
- iOS Developer—Median pay: $81,000
- Technical Account Manager: $81,000
- Document Management Specialist: $74,000
- UX Designer: $73,000
- Social Media Director: $72,000
- Recruiting Manager: $71,000
This comes as more people are working from home across the board: data from Gallup shows that the percentage of employees working at least some of the time remotely rose to 43% in 2016 from 39% in 2012. And more employers like AT&T and UnitedHealth Group are offering “flextime” and allowing employees more freedom in choosing their work hours as well.
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