ASE Releases Workplace Flexibility Survey Results – A Majority of Employers Now Offer Remote Work - American Society of Employers - Heather Nezich

ASE Releases Workplace Flexibility Survey Results – A Majority of Employers Now Offer Remote Work

Troy, MI – July 28, 2023 --- ASE, one of the nation’s oldest and largest employer associations, has released its 2023 Workplace Flexibility Survey.  The survey examines the current work arrangements offered by Michigan employers.  Data shows that the most common flexible work arrangement offered is remote work.

The results were released by ASE President & CEO, Mary E. Corrado. “The pandemic has clearly changed the mindset and expectations around where work gets done. Employers are still navigating how to address employee expectations and all the challenges and opportunities that come with remote work,” stated Corrado. 

Highlights of the ASE 2023 Workplace Flexibility Survey include:

  • Out of the 177 companies surveyed, 145 (82%) offer the opportunity for remote work, 106 (64%) offer flexible hours, 103 (58%) offer non-mandated personal leaves of absence, and 42 (24%) offer paid parental leave.
  • Of those companies that maintain remote work, data shows that for the majority of the companies, organizational leadership has authority over determining the eligibility (73%) and number of days remote (67%).  In addition, the manager has the authority to determine the specific days worked in-person (62%). 
  • Of those companies that offer remote work, 42% allow at least two days per week and 28% provide at least three days per week, when mandated by organizational leadership.  32% of companies have varying requirements for the number of days of in-person work when mandated by the manager.
  • When it comes to eligibility for remote work, companies reported that the following groups are eligible: executive/senior management (90%), managerial/supervisory (85%), professional (89%), administrative/technician (57%). All 16 of the companies with production union employees reported they are ineligible for remote work.
  • Regarding the costs that companies cover for remote workers, 87% supply a laptop/computer, 46% cover office supplies, and 28% cover printer/ink.  It is uncommon for the remaining items, internet service and office furniture, to be covered, whether fully or partially.
  • Of those companies that offer paid parental leave, 5.9 is the average number of weeks allotted, whereas 5 is the median.

Background information on the ASE 2023 Workplace Flexibility Survey

177 organizations from across Michigan participated. Organizations with 1-100 employees made up approximately 44% of the survey sample, while organizations with between 101-500 employees represented nearly 41% of the sample. The remaining 15% of the sample came from organizations with more than 500 employees.  A variety of industries have been represented in the survey, with durable goods manufacturing (42.9%) leading the pack. Trades and services (22.6%) were the second-largest industry representation.

Full survey results are available free of charge to ASE members. Non-members can purchase the full report for $825.  Request to purchase here.

About ASE

ASE is Michigan’s trusted partner for Everything HR.  ASE is a non-profit, membership organization – everything we do is based on the needs of members and to drive the success of their organizations and help them THRIVE.  ASE strengthens organization's HR departments by offering member benefits and discounted services that span the entire employee lifecycle including recruitment, development, and retention while minimizing compliance risk. We provide our members guidance through new legislation and workplace issues such as those that occurred with the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more about ASE at

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