A new study by WorldatWork and the Work Design Collaborative (WDC) indicates that the number of hourly workers in the U.S. using flexible scheduling benefits such as teleworking is larger than expected. The study, “Flexible Work Arrangements for Nonexempt Employees,” found that a surprisingly high number of companies are allowing nonexempt employees to telework despite traditional limitations such as work hour and safety requirements.

Among the key findings:

  • Nonexempt employees participate in flexible work programs to a much larger extent than researchers had anticipated. 45% of survey respondents (61 out of 135 organizations) report they include nonexempt employees in those programs.
  • The three biggest industrial sectors allowing nonexempts to telework were manufacturing, education and business services. Manufacturing came as a surprise as it is traditionally dominated by nonexempt employees working on site.

Corporate Voices for Working Families released Innovative Workplace Flexibility Options for Hourly Workers in May, which also concluded that workplace flexibility works as well for hourly workers as it does for professional workers. To view this and other reports on workplace flexibility, please visit the Corporate Voices website.

By Allison Tomei