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Research Backs Benefits of Flex Work for Workers - and Companies | Workforce

From Ed Frauenheim

Studies generally support flexible work arrangements, with flex-time more promising than telecommuting.

... A 2011 study by Stephen Sweet, Elyssa Besen and Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes suggests that such programs are often hyped by companies, which in practice offer only limited options. Their research found that 78 percent of companies offer reduced workload flexibility to at least 1 percent of employees, but just 16 percent offer reduced workload flexibility to at least 51 percent of employees. "The types of flexibility that workers need most—cutting back on hours or going on leave—are least likely to be within their reach," Sweet wrote in a blog post last year.

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