Even as we return to the new normal, our 2021 end-of-year survey results shows our readers still want flexible working front and centre.
More than three out of four working dads think there are more flexible jobs because of Covid and a massively 70% are more likely to change job if they found something more flexible.
Those figures come from our Workingdads.co.uk 2021 survey results, sponsored by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme, which demonstrate just how precious flexibility in work has become.
Just over half of you have turned down a job because it wasn’t flexible enough, while probably unsurprisingly, 62% find flexible hours important to them as a parent.
But despite the huge shift in the way we work, it looks like some employers need to be more forward-thinking.
A third of our respondents think that working flexibly has affected their career progression, while 28% have had a flexible working arrangement that was taken away from them. Interestingly, almost a third of those dads left their job as a result.
And only 56% believe businesses and leaders today recognise that modern families have evolved beyond what they were 50, or even 10 years ago with the change in the traditional roles of mothers and fathers.
While almost half of fathers think strict hours are a thing of the past for working dads, 59% fear their employer’s reaction if they were to ask for flexible hours on a permanent basis.
Clearly there are positives and negatives to be derived from these numbers, but what is clear is that the legacy working day is mostly a thing of the past. Less than one in five of you said you don’t work flexibly at all.