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Flexible working hours revisted

Management issues had posted another article (see the previous one here and my comments on the topic here) topic titled “Still suspicious of flexible working” that discusses a newly released study by HR consultancy Hewitt Associates. An excerpt follows:

The survey of 90 U.S. employers also found that two thirds believed that flexibility increased employee engagement and boosted employee retention, while half believed that it helped their recruitment efforts.

But despite this, flexible working still seems to be something of a corporate Cinderella, with barely more than a quarter of those surveyed having company-wide, formal written policies and almost the same proportion not even formally communicating the flexible working options they offer to their employees.

Four out of 10 companies have policies or guidelines that vary by location, business unit, department, or job class, and a third only offer flexibility at the discretion of individual managers. Moreover, seven out of 10 admitted they don’t measure the effectiveness of their programs in any way.

It’s good to see this type of research coming out and I hope that more organizations start looking at flexible working arrangements. As you probably know, I’m a big proponent of this type of work…a person doesn’t need to be sitting in their office to do their job (for the most part).

Viva la flextime! 🙂

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Eric D. Brown, D.Sc. is a data scientist, technology consultant and entrepreneur with an interest in using data and technology to solve problems. When not building cool things, Eric can be found outside with his camera(s) taking photographs of landscapes, nature and wildlife.
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Eric D. Brown
16 years ago

Thanks for the comment Cali & Jody.

The key there is to ‘trust your employees’….and the key to that is to hire the right people…which most companies don’t do. Think about how much time, energy and money and organization wastes every year monitoring employees time and efforts…how about freeing up the employees to do their job (and possibly falling in love with what they do) and thereby freeing up resources to improve the business?

You’ve got a great blog…keep up the good work over there!

Cali and Jody
16 years ago

Eric – we’re with you! When are more companies going to see that trusting employees to do the work vs. monitoring the hallways is a better business decision? It doesn’t matter where people are, as long as the work is getting done.

Cali and Jody


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