What Is National Flex Day?


What Is National Flex Day?

National Flex Day, started in 2013, is an annual opportunity to assess the state of flexible work and take stock of both how far we’ve come and where flexible work needs to go.

Celebrated on the third Tuesday of each October, FlexJobs is leading the charge for National Flex Day and raising awareness of the need for work flexibility. Join us this October 15 for the celebration!

What Is National Flex Day?

National Flex Day, held during October’s National Work and Family Month, seeks to inspire employers and employees alike to unite behind the need for work flexibility, bring awareness to the benefits, and advocate for flexwork for all people.

To be sure, flexibility is increasing. FlexJobs found that remote work has increased 159% since 2005. A total of 4.7 million people in the U.S. are working remotely, showing a growth rate of 91% over the last 10 years. National Flex Day can be a catalyst to increase this number in next 10 years and put even more workers in control of their work life.

What Is Flexible Work?

We define flexible work as any type of job or work schedule that gives workers more control over their workday and therefore over their personal life.

Freelance gigs, which tend to be short-term and performed from home is a form of flexible work. Remote work, which is completed from home, is often the most desired form of flex work—76% of respondents in our annual survey desire to work from home 100% of the time.

Part-time jobs and alternative schedules (where perhaps a worker starts their day later to avoid traffic) are also considered flexible work. Lastly, flexible schedules, where a worker might work noon to 8 p.m. or take a Tuesday off and work on Saturday instead, is a great way to partake in flexible work.

How We’re Celebrating

Activities to celebrate National Flex Day, which can be promoted using the hashtag #NationalFlexDay and tagging @FlexJobs and @WorkFlexibility, will include:

  • An invitation to join Brie Reynolds, career development manager and coach at FlexJobs, for a free one-hour live Career Coaching Q&A event on October 15 at 2:00 p.m. ET
  • Interactive polls on Twitter throughout the day. Follow @FlexJobs to weigh in!
  • Promo code FLEXDAY for a 50% discount on a FlexJobs membership on October 15

What National Flex Day Means for You

National Flex Day is ultimately about those of you who have work flexibility or who need work flexibility.

In FlexJobs’ 8th annual work flexibility survey, we found out why people like you want a flexible job; namely, to reduce stress, improve health, and contribute to a better quality of life.

  • Top reasons: Since 2013, work-life balance, family, time savings, and commute stress (42%) have been the top four reported reasons people seek flexible work.
  • Quality of life: 44% said a job with flexibility would have a “huge improvement” on their overall quality of life, and 53% said it would have a “positive impact.”
  • Health: 78% of people said having a flexible job would allow them to be healthier (eat better, exercise more, etc.), and 86% said they’d be less stressed.

These numbers show us that workers like you are demanding and expecting work flexibility. You know it’s good for your work life and personal life—and good for employers too.

If you have work flexibility, celebrate National Flex Day by talking to others in your life about the benefits that you experience from this work setup. Encourage people you know to find a flexible job, and advocate for flexible work for all employees at your job if it’s not available for everyone.

If you are seeking work flex, National Flex Day can be a great day to start a search for flexible work. If you’re currently employed, consider talking to your employer to request remote work or a flexible schedule.

We hope that this National Flex Day shines a bright light on the need for and the benefits of flexible work. 

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This is a version of a post that was originally published on October 1, 2018.