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Schedule Flexibility in the Workplace—a Pair of Fact Sheets

compiled by Betty Cohen


April 2013—Several recent surveys show that the availability of many flexible scheduling options has increased in recent years. Business executives report that offering flex options has a positive impact on recruitment, retention, employee satisfaction and other business outcomes. Other surveys indicate that access to schedule flexibility is important to employees of all ages and career stages. While many employees are satisfied with the availability of flexible work options at their workplaces, real and perceived barriers exist to their use.

Facts include:

  • “Between 2005 to 2012, employers have increased their provision of options that allow employees to better manage the times and places in which they work. These include flex time (from 66% to 77%); flex place (from 34% to 63%); choices in managing time (from 78% to 93%); and daily time off when important needs arise (from 77% to 87%).”
  • "The main reason cited by employers for developing workplace flexibility… is the retention of employees in general (37%)…The second most important reason is helping employees manage work and family life (16%), followed by improving morale–important in a period of economic uncertainty–and legal mandates (both 12%), recruiting employees in general and 'it is the right thing to do' (both 11%)."
  • 36% of employees were very satisfied with their access to “flexibility to balance life and work issues”, while 31% were somewhat satisfied.
  • 6 out of 10 respondents reported that there were obstacles that kept them using or improving their work life flexibility.

» Download the fact sheet: Schedule Flexibility in the Workplace: Implementation and Effectiveness.

» Download the fact sheet: Schedule Flexibility in the Workplace: Employee Access and Use.

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