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Flexibility at Work: Employee Perceptions — Quick Insights

by Rucha Bhate


February 2013—A new report by the Sloan Center on Aging & Work at Boston College finds that workplace flexibility is no longer just an innovative policy option for managing employees. It is also a critical requirement for companies to thrive in today’s competitive and dynamic global business environment. The multinational nature of work calls for an ever-increasing use of flexibility in schedules, hours, and locations.

Despite barriers related to monitoring, manager skepticism, and the potential for adverse effects on productivity, the gains from expanding workplace flexibility are far too compelling to disregard.

Flexibility at Work: Employee Perceptions explores two main questions:

  • How do employees view the impact of flexible workplace options on job performance and work/life balance?
  • Are employees’ perceptions of workplace flexibility significantly different across countries?

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