Employees Face Work-Life Flexibility Obstacles

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 05-29-2014 Email

A recent survey on work-life flexibility presents a classic "good news/bad news" take on the topic. The good news: Nearly all professionals say they have some freedom here. The bad news: A clear majority say they face obstacles in pursuing this, according to the findings from Flex+Strategy Group/Work+Life Fit Inc. The accompanying report, "Ambivalence is Not a Strategy: Employees Sense Waning Commitment to Work Life Flexibility," reveals that employees strongly feel that work-life flexibility affects productivity, engagement levels, morale and their personal health. But many say increased workloads and other factors are creating hurdles which are difficult to overcome. "It's not just Yahoo! (which has) sent mixed signals on flexibility in the past year or so," says Cali Williams Yost, CEO of Flex+Strategy Group. "Employees see and sense employer ambivalence toward work life flexibility. Organizations need to be intentional and deliberate about what type of flexibility works for their business." More than 550 U.S. employees took part in the research. For more about the survey, click here.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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