Sloan Center News
Is the Tide Turning Against Flexible Work?
18 March 2013—written by Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes and Stephen Stweet
Recently, employees at two major companies - Yahoo! and Best Buy - learned that they will no longer have as much discretion over where and when to work. Do the actions of these two firms indicate that the tide has turned against flexible work?
Many of our colleagues (ourselves included) present cases for flexible work, arguing that these arrangements are well-aligned with the global, 24/7 business world and offer a needed resource to working families. "Good flexibilities" offer supervisors and employees opportunities to move work (either in time or place) or reduce work to match demands of life on and off the job. Three decades of research makes clear that these types of flexibilities can support productivity and create more harmony between work and family commitments. ...