Work-Life Balance Actually Exists — and This Guide Can Help You Find It

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It’s one thing to be looking for just any ol’ job. It’s another to be looking for the job.

You know, the one that fits into your lifestyle so you don’t dread waking up on Monday mornings.

Fairygodboss, a job-review site for women, recently launched a work-life balance guide so job seekers can determine which companies would be most ideal for them.

The site conducted a survey to find out the top priority — aside from compensation — for women looking for their next job. Flexibility came in as the No. 1 concern, above opportunities for advancement, work culture and a nice boss.

Turns out having autonomy to set your own schedule and select your own work environment is important to female professionals.

Fairygodboss found it wasn’t just women with children who desired flexibility, but all women.

How Does the Work-Life Balance Guide Work?

The guide helps job seekers discover which companies offer part-time jobs, flexible work policies and telecommuting positions.

You can read company reviews to find out what other women have said about job flexibility at their firms. Job seekers can search for reviews based on industry or company.

One reviewer, Vanice Hayes, works at Dell and lauded the company’s flexible work offerings.

“In addition to being a Dell team member, I am also a wife and mother of two children that are involved in extracurricular activities,” she said. “Because of Dell’s flexible work solutions, I am able to leave work early to attend a game or arrive late to attend a school assembly.

“I also have the tools I need to work from home which has not only made it easy to get things done, but also allowed me to reduce my carbon footprint.”

And though Fairygodboss’ work-life balance guide is skewed to women on the job, men can also use the resource to find out which companies value flexibility as part of their work culture.

Your Turn: Is work-life balance important to you?

Nicole Dow is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder.

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