How Much Flexibility Do You Need to Succeed at Work?

September 02, 2021

In years past, a job that kept you chained to a desk from 9 to 5 — or longer — was a given, making work-life balance out of reach for most. But the pandemic showed just how many jobs can be done on a schedule that works for you. And today, flexibility in the workplace is one of the top ways companies are attracting and retaining employees.

Here, we cover four questions to ask yourself as you contemplate how much flexibility in the workplace works for you. Remember, be as honest as you can with yourself as you work through this list. If you’re unsure, talk to a trusted friend, colleague or mentor who knows you well.

1. How Much Structure Do You Need?

Some people thrive on doing the same tasks every day — or at least knowing exactly how their day is going to go. Others find such routine stifling.

Consider where you fall on this spectrum. One of the things Farm Bureau agents say they like the most about their jobs is that no two days are the same. One day they might be examining a policy for gaps in coverage, and the next they’re comforting a client/member when the unexpected happens.

2. Are You a Self-Starter?

Do you find it easier to attack daily tasks when surrounded by colleagues doing the same? Or are you your own motivator and thrive when working independently? As owners of their own businesses, Farm Bureau agents have entrepreneurial spirits and love setting big goals for themselves.

3. How Does Your Job Fit With Your Lifestyle?

Depending on your lifestyle, family obligations, personal commitments and other factors, having a flexible job could make your day-to-day life a whole lot easier.

Let’s say you have young kids who need to be dropped off and picked up from school. Having the freedom to take care of that during the day means you won’t have to find alternate childcare arrangements. Farm Bureau agents have the power to set their own schedules, which means they have the flexibility to balance work and family commitments.

4. Do You Find a Fixed Salary Comforting or Constricting?

Are you reassured by the thought of a fixed salary position, where you know exactly how much is coming in every month? Or do you prefer your income potential to be unlimited? Because Farm Bureau agents are paid a commission on the products they sell, there’s no limit to how much they can earn. 

Flexibility + Support

As a Farm Bureau insurance agent, you’ll have the flexibility you crave — and the support you need — to be successful. Connect with us to learn more about becoming an agent.