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Running head: BENEFITS OF FLEXIBLE WORKPLACESBenefits of Flexible Workplaces Stacey LustigSouthern New Hampshire University
BENEFITS OF FLEXIBLE WORKPLACESBenefits of Flexible WorkplacesTo remain relevant, desirable and profitable, companies need to address the increasing demand for a work-life balance. Over the past two decades, the landscape of the labor force has changed in that both heads of the household are in the work force, leaving little time for home life management. The standard nine to five, five-day work week, no longer fits into today’s world. Flexible situations began to become more prevalent in the late 1980s and 1990s as more families became a dual income household. Many more companies since then have adopted some type of flexible workplace, but there are many that continue to fear the change and do not have an open mind. Some executives, managers and employees view flexible time as a special circumstance and rolling it out to a wider audience will not be manageable. Others believe that ina flexible environment, productivity will decrease and the face to face time will be lost. Cooperating to establish a company-wide flexible workplace is beneficial to both employees and companies by providing work-life balance, increased productivity and financial impacts.Flexibility is more necessary today for individuals to have a work-life balance and is not complex or costly to establish. More people are managing a career and personal responsibilities, and they are seeking to lead healthier lives with reduced stress. In his article, Rodgers (1992) states, “The dissonance between the lives of employees with family responsibilities, and workplace, and career practices could not be greater” (p. 189). Rodgers (1992) suggests, “Flexibility is essential to manage the competing responsibilities of work and family” (p. 190). He is advising that the need to balance family and work is more significant now and flexibility is a solution to this balance. A work-life balance can be established with: alternate schedules, beginning work earlier or later; shorter work weeks, working four ten hour days; and teleworking, working remotely either at home or an alternate location. On an alternate schedule, 2
BENEFITS OF FLEXIBLE WORKPLACESemployees would have time before or after work to take care of their life demands such as schooldrop off or pickup, medical appointments, and house repair calls (Giovanis, 2018). Companies benefit by having more coverage and availability for internal and external customers without overtime expenses since team members would have different days off. In the case study of an implemented four-day work week in the Environmental Health Services (EHS) unit, Lake County, IL, it showed an 18% increase in available hours for customers (Catlin, 1997). A shorter

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