BUSN 318 Week 2 Discussion

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Defenders of flexible work initiatives point to the competitive advantages that such programs  bring   to   companies  that  move  in   that  direction.   Perhaps  the  single  most  cited   reason   for  introducing a flexible work environment is employee retention. Indeed, many businesses contend  that the recent trend toward flextime and other programs has made it necessary for them to  introduce their own programs or risk losing valued employees. "Another business argument for  flexible work arrangements is that they allow companies to match the peaks and valleys of  activity," wrote Elizabeth Sheley in  HRMagazine.  "More organizations have shifted their focus to  how potential changes in schedule will affect the product. Reduced absenteeism, though often  overlooked,   is   also   a   legitimate   business   rationale;   flexible   options   not   only   strengthen  commitment, but also give employees more time to handle the very situations that sometimes  lead to absenteeism." (Sheley 1996). Proponents also note that, in many respects, flexible work programs provide a way for businesses  to   increase   employee   loyalty   without   resorting   to   making   fundamental   changes   in   their  operations. Indeed, Sheley observed that "the most popular flexible work options are those that  involve the least change. Flex time and compressed work weeks, for example, call for the same  number of hours, at the same workplace, as in traditional work arrangements." (Sheley 1996). In  addition, some supporters of flexible work arrangements argue that such programs can actually 
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This note was uploaded on 03/01/2012 for the course ACCOUTNING 550 taught by Professor Abner during the Spring '11 term at DeVry Houston.

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