Workplace Flexibility and Low-Wage Employees

WorkFlexAndProfessionalsFlexibility as it pertains to the low-wage workforce is a topic that is studied less-frequently than flexibility and higher-wage employees. However, in Workplace Flexibility and Low-Wage Employees, FWI finds that while low-wage employees have much less access to many types of flexibility than higher-wage employees, low- and higher-wage employees are equally pressed for time in their personal lives and place equal value on having a flexible workplace. Having greater flexibility on the job substantially reduces differences between low-wage and higher-wage employees in terms of job satisfaction, job engagement, physical and mental health and the likelihood of employees remaining with their current employers. This report explores the extent to which low-wage workers have access to flexibility, the degree to which they use that flexibility, and whether employers who offer flexibility to their low-wage employees benefit from doing so.

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