A front-page story in The Washington Post last Saturday included information from a 2005 survey conducted by Corporate Voices for Working Families. The story, “Flextime Has Green Appeal And Lures Younger Workers,” by Lori Aratani, provides a comprehensive look at the growing trend toward more flexible workplace policies and strategies.
Here’s from the story:
They have replaced incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescents, cut the number of cars in their fleets and embraced hybrids. They have planted native grasses to cut down on lawn maintenance and, with it, fuel consumption. Now a growing number of businesses and state and local governments from Fairfax to Detroit to Salt Lake City are pondering a strategy for saving on utility costs and being kind to the environment: telling their workers, stay home.
And here’s the reference to the Corporate Voices survey:
Although much of the research on flexible scheduling has measured employee and employer reaction to such arrangements (most love it), a 2005 study by the nonprofit group Corporate Voices for Working Families found that flexible work arrangements offered benefits to customers as well, enabling some companies to offer extended hours. One Tennessee bank estimated it saved more than $3 million in turnover costs by shifting to flexible hours.
Other research and papers about workplace flexibility are available at the Corporate Voices for Working Families website.
by Rob Jewell