Hourly Workers Want Benefits That Matter

MyWorkChoice and Workplace Intelligence have published a new study of 2,000 U.S. HR leaders and hourly workers, with results that say we’ve reached a critical turning point in how we should view benefits for hourly workers. 

“This study gives new evidence that employee benefits, especially flexibility, should be universal regardless of employment situation,” says Dan Schawbel, workplace researcher, New York Times best-selling author and Managing Partner, Workplace Intelligence.

Dan Schawbel

While there may have been a time when hourly employees had to settle for odd shifts, locked-in schedules, and the prospect of being terminated for having to miss work; today’s workforce is demanding more flexibility and employers agree. 

Key Survey Findings Include: 

  • Hourly workers should have the same benefits, including flexibility, as salaried employees. 94% of employers and 87% of hourly workers believe hourly workers deserve the same (or some of the same) benefits as salaried workers. 88% of employers and 86% of hourly workers believe that hourly workers should get the same (or some of the same) degree of flexibility as salaried workers. 
  • Employers who offer flexibility have a competitive advantage when hiring hourly workers. Almost all employers (97%) say that flexibility is at least slightly important to their overall HR strategy and 69% said important or very important. When selecting an employer to work for, 78% of hourly workers said workplace flexibility is at least slightly important and half said it’s important or very important. 
  • For the full study and findings, please click here.

“The time has come to recognize that hourly workers are not only essential to the workforce ecosystem, but deserve the opportunity to choose their schedule – from part-time to full-time, with flexibility that fits into their lives. This is a fundamental shift in how we view the hourly workforce,” says Tana Greene, CEO, MyWorkChoice.


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