The days are apparently gone when employees who sought flexible work schedules to accommodate family needs did so at the risk of career advancement.

A survey of 1,200 working parents by Denver-based jobs site FlexJobs found that only 4 percent of respondents believe having a flexible schedule could be detrimental to their career. Not only has that concern disappeared, but among parents, being able to work a flexible schedule is more important that how much money they're paid.

"Now that both parents work full-time in nearly half of two-parent households in America, and single parents account for 26 percent of family households with children, flexible work arrangements are one of the most critical components to making the work-life juggle possible," says Brie Weiler Reynolds, senior career specialist for FlexJobs.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.