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A study by the Sloan Center on Aging & Work at Boston College says that flexible work options are still out of reach for most U.S. workers. When available, the study says, such options are often limited in size and scope.

The analysis, published in the journal Community, Work, and Family, examined the flexible work arrangements of 545 U.S. employers and found most arrangements focus on allowing employees to adjust where they work and when they report in, but didn't include reduction of work or temporary leave from jobs. Additionally, any flexibility options that are available aren't being made to the majority of a company's employees, the study found.

"While large percentages of employers report that they have at least some workplace flexibility, the number of options is usually limited and they are typically not available to the entire workforce," says Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes, Sloan Center's director and one of the researchers of the study.

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