Both large and small businesses are discovering that flexible work options not only benefit today’s diverse working populations, but benefit employers and their business operations as well.
Employers, including those that face labor shortages or experience problems with employee recruitment, retention, absenteeism, and job satisfaction, are recognizing the advantages of offering employees alternative work arrangements whenever possible.
For many workers, including potential workers with disabilities, the traditional fixed five-day-a-week work schedule may be difficult or prohibitive due to commuting problems, personal or family medical needs, work-family conflicts, daycare, elder care, and other personal circumstances. For a growing number of workers, and potential workers, a “binding” work schedule and work location can pose substantial hurdles to employment. However, by companies implementing job schedule and location flexibility, and by using available telecommunications technology, job needs and demands can often be met, and a win-win situation can prevail for both employers and employees.
The following presents a brief overview of flexible work options, identifies benefits to employers and employees, and provides a framework for determining if, and how, flexible work arrangements can be implemented and offered in your workplace. Resources for additional information on this topic are provided as well.