Flexible Work

2023 Salary Guide

Professionals want more say in where and when they work. The remote work practices and nontraditional schedules that grew out of necessity as businesses weathered the early pandemic have become flexible options that many professionals demand — and many employers now embrace.

of senior managers said some employees have quit rather than return to the office full time.

Remote work is no longer a perk — it’s an expectation

  • 41% of workers said they plan to look for a new job. Of those, 54% are open to a fully remote position, and 55% plan to seek a role with a hybrid schedule.
  • Remote work options have become a key differentiator when recruiting: 74% of managers said their department offers them, and 86% said this strategy has enabled them to hire strong job candidates.
  • Gains managers see with remote and hybrid teams include increased retention (48%), better staff morale and work-life balance (41%), and larger candidate pools (37%).

Remotely Interested in Securing Top Talent? Embrace Flexible Work

What a flexible future looks like

  • Our recruiters report a significant increase in companies with remote employees across the country.
  • Occasions when employees go into the office are increasingly based on purpose. They may go in for large meetings, celebrations, team building and brainstorming, for example, but work off-site on a day-to-day basis.

of workers want more flexibility in determining which days and hours they work.

When is just as important as where

  • Employees love flextime, windowed work and other flexible scheduling options, with 56% reporting increased morale and 32% seeing greater productivity.
  • Senior managers may sense change in the air: 64% can see their company moving to a 4-day workweek within the next 5 years. And 55% would support a 4-day, 40-hour workweek for their teams now.
  • This meshes with what employees want, as 48% said they would prefer to work 4 days a week.

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Making flexible work work

  • 59% of managers said the most impactful way to build employee engagement is through prioritizing staff’s professional growth and career goals.
  • Employers are also encouraging more communication and hosting team-building events and casual chats to help dispersed employees connect.

Why Employers Must Be Both ‘Speedy and Flexible’ When Hiring

of workers see flexible work options as a sign of a positive company culture.

see a positive company culture as a top factor when considering a job offer.

Sources and methodology:

The salaries listed in the salary tables represent starting compensation only, meaning pay for someone new to a company in the position listed. Our estimates do not include bonuses, benefits or perks. Since professionals joining a company may enter at a variety of experience levels, we report salaries in ranges.

How do we determine our salary figures? See our methodology.

Other data referenced in this Salary Guide is based on online surveys developed by Robert Half and conducted by independent research firms. Respondents included executives, hiring managers and employees from small (20-249 employees), midsize (250-499 employees) and large (500-plus employees) private, publicly listed and public sector organizations across the United States.

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