It's not as easy for large, entrenched companies as it is for smaller companies used to moving and changing rapidly.
But businesses that have adopted flex-options have saved real money by redistributing willing workers’ time. They’ve seen:
- Increases in both worker and client satisfaction;
- Retention of well-trained and productive employees; and
- An increase in employee morale.
Consider, the following - as suggested by Dr. Malcolm Smith in the New Hampshire Business Review:
- Flexible hours that allow workers to get their job done and still have time for family and personal life needs;
- A compressed workweek that enables employees to work allotted hours over fewer days;
- Flexible leave, which allows for paid time off to care for children or aging parents, personal illness, personal issues and parental leave for birth, adoption or care of a foster child (this is required for all businesses in California and businesses with more than 50 employees nationally); and
- Flexible career-planning, which allows for phased–out retirement, as well as professional-development leaves and sabbaticals.