The new issue of Workforce Management includes in interesting report about a study just released by the Families and Work Institute. The study highlights the growing use of flexible work programs (including, of course, telework/mobile work as part of those initiatives:
In a survey of 400 employers released Thursday, July 23, the Families and Work Institute in New York found that 81 percent have maintained flexible work arrangements such as telecommuting, compressed workweeks, phased retirement and voluntary reduced hours. An additional 13 percent have increased flexibility programs, while 6 percent have eliminated them.
The full article is available at this link: “Study: Flexible Work Programs Gain Ground in Hard Times.”
Here’s more detail on the importance of these flexwork programs:
Among employers with more than 1,000 workers, there has been a 25 percent increase in flexibility programs. The study was the centerpiece of a July 23 hearing of the congressional Joint Economic Committee.
Companies are utilizing flexibility to keep on board top performers who will help them recover from the recession [emphasis added].
“A number of employers have recognized that if they provide flexibility, they can save jobs,” Ellen Galinsky, president of the Families and Work Institute, said at the hearing.