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The Hidden Value of Workplace Flexibility |

13 July 2014—Sloan Center on Aging & Work is quoted on about the impact of workplace flexibility on employers and employees.

In a world that is evolving at a frightening speed, him propose is strange that in the way that we work are so rooted in the thinking of the 20th century. We must reflect and challenge our thinking in the workplace based on the evolution of the climate and the needs of current generations and future labour to ensure the means that we work are suitable for today and tomorrow.

Flexibility at work is a key element of a broader strategy to succeed in today’s global work environment 24/7. Labour force are more diverse, with more flexibility, required employers and employees, bringing new challenges and opportunities for the workforce planning as well as the design of the physical workplace and leadership must adapt accordingly.

Flexible workplace is not a new idea. Different forms of flexibility at work have been explored because of technology, social processes and work change over the past 20 years and in 2010 the Sloan Center’s aging and work at Boston College has published a comprehensive study articulate the case for and defining flexibility at work: “flexibility allows both individuals and businesses should be financed by means of changes at a time (when), location (where) and how (how) in which the employee works. Flexibility should be mutually beneficial to the employer and employee and lead to superior results. ” In their case study of JP Morgan Chase: “95% of employees who work in an environment where the Manager is sensitive to the professional and personal life – including informal flexibility – feel motivated to exceed expectations.” ...

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