Let's face it, life is messy and unpredictable. It doesn't always allow us to work the traditional 40-hour, Monday through Friday, 9-to-5 schedule. You may need to be home at times to take care of a child or parent. You might have chosen a career that never has a set schedule. (Retail, anyone?) It could be you need to work around a class or internship. Or, you might be one of the 7.5 million Americans who works more than one job. Perhaps you just prefer working an alternate schedule.
Whatever the case, more than 27 million full-time workers have flexible work schedules according to the most recent data (May 2004) by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This comprised 27.5 percent of all full-time and salary workers. If given the opportunity, a lot more employees would choose to work alternate hours. In a 2007 survey by Robert Half International and CareerBuilder.com, the No. 1 perk that workers said would cause them to choose one job over another was flexible scheduling (65 percent).