Adults employed full time in the U.S. work 47 hours per week on average, nearly a full workday longer than a standard five-day, 9-to-5 schedule. Salaried workers, on average, put in even more time — 25% say they work at least 60 hours per week.

Despite, or perhaps because of, the long hours we spend at work it appears we also have a “fear of missing out” or FOMO when we’re not in the office. According to a new Indeed survey, nearly 60% of respondents said that they like both their job and their colleagues and 45% missed coworkers or aspects of their job in some capacity while out of the office.

These findings suggest people want more from a workplace than somewhere to spend the majority of their waking hours. They value the work community they join, and when considering a new job, job seekers take this fit into consideration.

Companies can make a big contribution to building an attractive workplace — one that employees wouldn’t want to leave. In the news recently, two trends have stood out: the steps employers are taking around workplace flexibility and the introduction of more family-friendly policies.

Workplace flexibility

People are attracted to positions that fit their personal needs. In our recent report, Talent Attraction Study: What Matters to the Modern Candidate, we revealed the top factors candidates told us they consider when making a decision about a job offer. Of the more than 4,000 people surveyed, 50% of employed candidates were attracted to a job because it offered flexible hours.

Balancing personal and professional responsibilities is easier when the job provides some degree of flexibility. Flexible work schedules are also indicative of a company culture that focuses on achieving results and not managing tasks — an arrangement with tremendous benefits for both sides of the employment relationship.


Companies like Microsoft, Accenture and others have been receiving a lot of positive press for their family-friendly leave policies. Still, the vast majority of companies offer little or no paid family leave to their employees — according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, only 13% of full time workers in the U.S. are eligible for paid family leave.

And these types of policies don’t just affect young professionals who are starting families. Older workers often manage full-time careers while also balancing caregiving and other family responsibilities.

More and more companies are beginning to understand that attracting highly skilled employees requires some out-of-the-box thinking. Candidates with skills in high demand know they have the upper-hand, and employers will need to think differently about how to win them over.

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