Maggie Jackson, writing in the Boston Globe this morning, looks at flexibility in the workplace in an article, “More employers embrace flexible scheduling.”

The article profiles several recipients of the Sloan Awards for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility, held by the Families and Work Institute and the Alfred E. Sloan Foundation.

Jackson writes:

“…the business case for flexibility is sound. Employees who have a measure of flexibility at work have significantly greater job satisfaction, commitment to work, and engagement with a company, along with lower stress, according to research compiled by the nonprofit Corporate Voices for Working Families. Increasingly, executives are dropping their past reluctance to part with the 9 to 5, in-office model of work.”

A copy of the research results is available on the Corporate Voices for Working Families Web site.

The Boston Globe article quotes Ellen Galinsky, president of the Families and Work Institute.

“We know from the research that if you have choice or autonomy and you have the support to make those choices and you’re held accountable, those are the things that most affect how you feel about your employer, as well as your health and well-being.”

Jackson concludes:

“Is flexibility a part of the fabric of work life in America? Not yet. There are still many organizations where different ways of working are forbidden, or handed out sparingly, along with lower pay or fewer promotions. The Sloan Award pioneers, however, are shifting that mindset, one flex-option at a time.”

by Rob Jewell