Good news for cancer patients and survivors who need more flexible work options: the number of flexible job openings continued to grow in the US in 2015. FlexJobs' annual year-end assessment of flexible jobs/telecommuting found that the number of employees who spend some time telecommuting is increasing as well.
According to an article in The Cheat Sheet, Gallup's annual Work and Education poll found additional statistics to support the growing trend of flexible work: the average employee telecommutes one or two days a month and 37% of respondents say that they have telecommuted at some point in their career. Despite these positive numbers, there are still areas for improvement in the flexible working space. Many companies say that they support flexible work options, but don't have clear policies around them, making it hard for employees to actually take advantage of them.
For cancer patients and survivors, many who are going through treatment or experiencing ongoing side effects post-treatment, flexible options are what allow them to keep working. This is crucial for them to maintain a sense of purpose, identity, income, insurance, and quality of life.
If you're looking for a job or a more flexible job post-cancer, FlexJobs recently published their list of the 100 Top Companies with Remote Jobs in 2016.
Use our Exploring Your Options guide for tips and tools when looking for work. If you are interested in learning what flexible opportunities are out there, Cancer and Careers has a partnership with FlexJobs and offers a discounted membership rate!