Excellence in Flexibility
It's nice to know that the corporate world is competing for who's offering the most flexibility to their employees. Maggie Jackson's 'Balancing Acts' column in this past Sunday's Boston Globe reflects this encouraging competition. Says Jackson, "...flexibility's reach is extending into new corners of the work world - from high-stress, low-budget nonprofits to call centers famed for their rigid work culture. More employees are getting more choices in how they work, a trend made clear by this year's winners of most prestigious awards in employer flexibility, the Sloan Awards for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility."
It makes sense for businesses to vie for such an honor. Jackson explains that "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."
Empowering workers to flex their schedules gives them control of their own lives, and that leads directly to job satisfaction, and even to health and well-being, according to Ellen Galinsky, President of the Families and Work Institute. That can also mean drastically reduced employee turnover rates in many work sectors, and improved worker productivity. All at little to no cost to employers.
What's not to love?
I'll also add that offering flexibility improves recruitment of top-notch employees. Want the best and brightest of Generation Y working for you? Flex it and they could be yours. Be rigid and they'll move on to a better offer, just like I did when I was in the job market.