Sept%2018,%20Work%20and%20Family,%20Flex%20Benefits.pptx - Work and Life Flexibility in Practice Questions for today What are common flexible work

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Work and Life Flexibility in Practice
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Questions for today: What are common flexible work arrangements? What is the business case for doing so? What are trends in workplace flexibility and changing workplace cultures on this issue?
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Flexible Work Arrangements One Way to Balance Work and Life
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What is a Flexible Work Arrangement? Range of work structures that alters the time and/or place that work gets done on a regular basis: Flexibility in scheduling Flexibility in amount of hours Flexibility in the place of work
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The Business Case Fewer employee absences Lower health-care costs Higher rates of worker retention Enhances productivity Supported by research Impact may be greater for low-wage and hourly employees
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Workplace Flexibility in Practice
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Employer Trends 2005-2016 1. 12 weeks of family leave has become the norm 93% of employers provide 12+ weeks to birth mothers 76% of employers provide 12 weeks to spouse/partner Avg. maximum caregiving leaves declining in length
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Unformatted text preview: 2. More companies offer paid maternity leave, but fewer provide full pay . • 12% increase in orgs offering some replacement pay (now 58%) • Percent of employers offering full pay has declined to 6%! Employer Trends 2005-2016 3. Smaller employers are leaders in flexibility 4. Telecommuting on the rise 5. The reason for providing employee supportive programs is the retention of employees. Culture of Flexibility and Supportiveness 2005-2016 Research on family-friendly benefits: Women more likely to use them Men put less priority on family or make informal accommodations Result is that women, but not men, seen as less committed to work Family Friendly Benefits vs. Workplace Culture “ Take all the time you need ” vs. “ We’ll see you in 12 weeks ” What different signals do these phrases send? Do you agree that workers who put in face time have more status? How can we change workplace culture?...
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