friends with benefits Above the Law blog.jpgWe received 826 responses to last Thursday’s ATL / Lateral Link survey, which asked you what kind of benefits, leave or part-time policies you would most like your employers to offer.
Both men and women found a reduced-hours track with lower compensation a particularly appealing policy, with roughly a third of male respondents and a quarter of female respondents ranking it their top choice.
However, roughly the same number of female respondents ranked on-site childcare as their top choice, and almost twelve percent of male respondents agreed.
A telecommuting option was also appealing, with more than a quarter of male respondents ranking it as a first choice, and a fifth ranking it #2. Fewer women, 14.4%, ranked a telecommuting policy as the most appealing option a firm could provide, but roughly seventeen to eighteen percent of female respondents ranked telecommuting as their second, third, or fourth choice.
Less than ten percent of men and only 15.7% of women ranked a flex-time policy as their top choice, but it was actually the most popular second choice for respondents of each gender.
Both men and women also generally preferred the idea of a two-year part-time track, treated as one year for seniority purposes, to either longer parental leave or a six-month part-time option.
See charts of responses by both genders, after the jump.

Men’s Responses: Which of these policies would appeal to you most?

First Choice Second Choice Third Choice Fourth Choice Average
Longer parental leave. 5.00% 7.20% 12.50% 11.80% 9.10%
On-site childcare. 11.60% 10.80% 9.10% 12.10% 10.90%
A six-month part-time option. 4.40% 9.70% 16.60% 14.70% 11.30%
A flex-time option. 9.70% 23.80% 17.20% 19.40% 17.50%
A reduced hours track with lower compensation. 32.70% 13.60% 10.20% 11.80% 17.10%
A two-year part-time track that’s treated as one year for seniority purposes. 10.20% 14.70% 17.20% 17.60% 14.90%
A telecommuting option. 26.30% 20.20% 17.20% 12.60% 19.20%


Womens’ Responses: Which of these policies would appeal to you most?

First Choice Second Choice Third Choice Fourth Choice Average
Longer parental leave. 6.90% 9.70% 11.40% 16.70% 11.10%
On-site childcare. 25.20% 12.50% 15.10% 15.50% 17.10%
A six-month part-time option. 2.40% 6.20% 7.30% 14.00% 7.40%
A flex-time option. 15.70% 23.20% 20.60% 8.80% 17.20%
A reduced hours track with lower compensation. 25.60% 12.70% 14.00% 13.50% 16.50%
A two-year part-time track that’s treated as one year for seniority purposes. 9.90% 17.80% 14.40% 14.20% 14.10%
A telecommuting option. 14.40% 17.80% 17.20% 17.30% 16.70%

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