Business advantages of flex work

A growing body of research demonstrates that both employee and employer gain from flexible work arrangements. Some benefits include:

  • Increased coverage hours: Innovative scheduling can often reduce overtime costs while increasing hours of coverage or service.
  • Competitive edge for recruitment and retention: Studies show that increasing numbers of employees turn down higher-paying job offers in favor of a less rigid work environment. 60 percent of employers offer some type of flex-time arrangement.
  • Less use of paid leave: Staff have more time to schedule personal appointments during non-work hours.
  • Better management practices: Productivity is measurable in results and contributions rather than in counting hours of work.
  • Improved satisfaction and morale: Staff feel more control in their work environment, so they feel more engaged in their work.
  • More efficient use of working space: Employees on different schedules can use the same desk or equipment at different hours.
  • Better commutes: A non-standard schedule can allow an employee to travel during off-peak hours.

For more information, see:

Business Impacts of Flexibility: An Imperative for Expansion, by Corporate Voices for Working Families.
The large body of business data summarized in this report demonstrates that the business case to expand workplace flexibility is substantial and compelling.

Workplace, Workforce and Working Families, from the Alfred. P. Sloan Foundation, is a leading funder of flexibility research initiatives.

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