Flexible Schedules

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Updated March 23, 2023

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Flexible schedules are one of the most prominent benefits universally cited by people who work remotely. Whether it’s more time with family, mid-day exercise, working when you want vs. set 9-to-5 office hours*, flexible schedules typically lead to self-reported improvement in people’s work/life balance—often because of powerful drivers that can include the increasing demands of parenting, the growing number of older relatives that need care, and the desire for a career as well as a family.

Figure: Flexible Schedule Is Biggest Remote Work Benefit

Source: Buffer State of Remote Report 2020

importantYou’re still working for another company, so your schedule can only be so flexible. Some people have unrealistic expectations of just how flexible they can really be.

Individual Time and Cost Savings

The benefits to remote employees when it comes to saving time and money are almost indisputable. The top ones include:

  • Commuting. Aside from the environmental benefits, no longer jumping in a car (or on a train or bus) can save remote workers thousands of dollars per year.*

  • Cost of living. Remote workers aren’t tied to major cities and urban centers, where costs of housing and other related factors continue to increase. They can move to better-priced locales with lower costs of living.

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