Having a flexible work schedule is becoming one of the most popular job perks.according to a Survey conducted by FlexJobs97% of respondents said that a flexible job would have a positive impact on their overall quality of life.
Here are a few reasons why a flexible work schedule might change your life:
1. It lets you do the things you love outside of work
Erik Freeman, a benefits consultant who represents Aflac, is adamant that today’s workers are working far more hours than generations past. However, he lives by a different creed. “I work to live, not work to live,” he explained. “and Aflaq, I built my own schedule around my life goals, like raising a family and making a rock album with my band. “
Luis Correa, also a benefits counselor who represents Aflac, said his work as an independent attorney has allowed him to thrive both on and off the job. “It has provided me with the flexibility and financial resources to create my own schedule and allow me to pursue my passions while still being fully committed to serving my clients,” he said.
2. It can give you the opportunity to focus on your health
Freeman believes it’s important to have time to focus on mental health, wellness, and hobbies, and his views are shared by many others. According to the FlexJobs survey, 79% of respondents said a flexible work schedule would make them healthier, and 87% said it would lower their stress levels.
Freeman, who worked long hours in retail at another company, said he often came home exhausted from helping so many people and meeting high expectations. Due to the stress, he ended up gaining weight, losing energy, and developing harmful personal habits to cope with the stress. “If companies really want healthy employees to produce productive results, they need to take a hard look at how they help employees stick to their life goals,” he said.
3. It helps to make time for family and friends
For Heather Siems, Regional Sales Coordinator who represents Aflac, the flexibility to spend a lot of time with her family while still working full-time was a huge selling point when she took up the opportunity with Aflac. “I knew I needed flexibility in starting a family so I could go to dance practice and soccer games and still work full time,” she said.
Flexible schedules and the ability to work from home allow Sims to spend more time with their families and watch their children grow.
4. It gives you time to travel
Do you wish you had more time to travel? You are not alone.More than half (58%) of FlexJobs survey participants Say they want a flexible work schedule as a result.
For Shyla Syverson, an Aflac benefits counselor from Montana, being able to vacation and travel on her own time is a huge benefit. “I started working at Aflac as a benefits counselor for a variety of reasons, one of which was the flexibility that being an entrepreneur can provide,” she says. “Because of working so hard and taking care of my policyholders and clients, I’ve been able to travel more than I ever thought possible. I get to enjoy the great outdoors of Montana and travel the world.”
5. It can make you a more productive employee
Working 40 hours a week in an office can take a toll on your productivity. Between interruptions from colleagues, loud atmospheres, and other distractions, it can be difficult to stay focused on your project. study Show that having a flexible work schedule can actually make you a more productive employee. Being able to work from anywhere can help you complete tasks more efficiently.
Syverson said she believes healthy leave policies can improve workplace productivity. “When employees know they can take time off without backlash or guilt, they want to work hard for the company,” she explains.
6. It makes you value your work more
recent Research conducted by Leadership IQ revealed that people who work from home are 87% more likely to “love” their job than those who don’t.
Being able to spend time with family, travel, and pursue your passions outside of work all contribute to a solid work-life balance. This makes sense, because when you’re happy outside of work and productive while you’re at work, you’re generally more satisfied.
Would you like a flexible work schedule?
These are just some of the benefits that come with a flexible work schedule—there are many more. Aflac offers a flexible, independent contractor (or agent) role that gives you the ability to do what you want. If you are interested in a flexible career, View opportunities at Aflac.
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This post is sponsored by Aflac. Aflac agents are independent agents and are not employees of Aflac. Aflac refers here to American Family Life Insurance Company of Columbus and American Family Life Insurance Company of New York. This article was originally published on an earlier date.
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