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Chrm Message From: paromita_s Total Posts: 13 Join Date: 15/06/2010
Rank: Executive Post Date: 09/02/2011 11:04:21 Points: 65 Location: India

Dear Friends,

Flexible work schedules that help employees balance the demands of work and family are becoming the single most effective way to recruit and retain top performers according to numerous recent studies, surveys and reports:

•Balancing work and family is the top concern of employees surveyed by Rutgers University. Almost 90 percent say flexible schedules would help them meet this challenge
•Flexible schedules are among the most beneficial work/life initiatives companies can undertake, according to a survey of 400 U.S. companies by Bright Horizons Family Solutions and William H. Mercer, Inc.
•Women with flexible schedules are more results-oriented and focused, finds a survey by Flexible Resources, Inc., a specialty staffing firm.
•Companies that help employees juggle the demands of work and family will be the big winners, concludes the 1999 America at Work Study by AON Consulting.
•Flexibility outranks all other employee benefits according to research by Baxter Healthcare.

The truth is workers today value their time for career building, family, learning and personal growth and relationships, says Pat Katepoo, head of Work Options, Inc. In short, they want more control over their work day.

There are four types of flexible work arrangements:

•Flexible Hours: working full days, but varying start and stop times
•Telecommuting: performing part, or all of a job from a home office
•Compressed Work Weeks: working more hours in fewer days
•Job Sharing: dividing responsibilities between two workers
Such arrangements can satisfy a range of employee desires and needs, from avoiding rush hour traffic to having dinner with the family.

Yet some companies remain unsold on the advantages of flexible work schedules, and others think they're germane only to working mothers. That's a short-sighted attitude says Katepoo. "The savviest, most responsive employers use flexible work arrangements as a business strategy that adapts to the complexity of the workforce," she concludes.

This article is reprinted from the Hiring the Best newsletter.

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