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A flexible work schedule is invaluable for recruiting and retaining top talent | workintelligent.ly

5 February 2014—Center's researchers were mentioned on workingintelligent.ly

When it comes to the relationship between flexible schedules and employee performance, the findings are split. Some researchers have found a strong correlation between flexible schedules and enhanced productivity, while others state the opposite. But according to researchers at the Sloan Center for Aging and Work at Boston College, the reasons for the disparity are clear:

“Even when flexible work arrangements are available, employees may not feel free to use them.”

The Sloan Center points out that successful flex-time policies have yielded clear and compelling benefits:

  • Marriott found a clear connection between workplace flexibility and greater productivity, even though employees worked fewer hours.
  • JP Morgan Chase found that 95 percent of employees working in an environment that is sensitive to work and personal life — including informal flexibility — feel motivated to succeed.
  • Data from a 1996 IBM study revealed that given the same workload, individuals who believed they had more workplace flexibility were able to work longer hours before feeling a negative impact on work/family balance.

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