Flexible Work Schedules


WorldatWork, The Alliance for Work-Life Progress (AWLP) and the Regional Research Institute for Human Services at Portland State University conducted a survey to identify trends in work-life policies and practices. Survey participants were asked about the prevalence and use of flexible work arrangements, as well as their level of knowledge about various work-life and dependent-care issues.

Survey Results

Flexible work schedules and work-life supports create opportunities for both employees and employers. Employers appreciate the boost in productivity and morale while employees reap the benefits of structuring work around their lives instead of the other way around. Although flexible work scheduling can be a win-win situation under the right circumstances, it goes against the traditional Western work culture. In the U.S. specifically, the customary work ethic has always boasted long hours and face time at the office as essential ingredients of the recipe to success. How much has the modern Western work culture welcomed flexibility as a viable business strategy and how far do we still have to go?

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  • 2005
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