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Managers, staff view flex benefits differently

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Employers and workers aren’t on the same page about juggling personal and professional priorities, new research from staffing firm OfficeTeam shows. More than six in 10 senior managers (63%) interviewed said their company is very supportive of its employees’ efforts to achieve work/life balance, yet only 34% of staff agree.

Compared to attitudes about workplace flexibility and other balance issues 10 years ago, bosses today seem more fully bought in—while employees have grown more jaded than ever. In 2006, a similar survey found that only 45% of executives said their company supported efforts to help employees balance work and home life, a view shared at the time by 53% of workers.

The survey found that time is the most valued work/life balance commodity.

Work/life perks employees value most

Flexible work schedules: 44%
Generous vacation time or sabbaticals: 33%
Telecommuting or work-from-home options: 12%
Health and wellness tools or programs: 8%
On-site services (e.g., day care, meals, dry cleaning, gym): 2%
Paid parental leave: 1%

Source: OfficeTeam survey, November 2016

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