Flex Programs Enhance Employee Engagement

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 11-04-2013 Email Print this article Print

If you believe that highly engaged work teams are typically more motivated and productive than those which aren't—and countless scientific surveys support this premise—then you should seriously consider stepping up your flex-work arrangement program. And if telecommuting, adaptable schedules and shared job roles aren't part of the equation at your company, then you could be looking at a significant competitive disadvantage as you recruit for IT talent. These and other findings are among the highlights of the recently released Workplace Flexibility 2013 survey from WorldatWork. The report presents a comprehensive perspective when it comes to U.S. organizations and their employees, as once-novel practices are now emerging as mainstream. To cite just one telling metric, a mere 3 percent of companies have canceled telework programs over the last past two years, according to WorldatWork. CIOs will also be interested to learn exactly what tech equipment is often organization-funded for telecommuters, and which IT tools and systems are most in-demand to make work-from-home arrangements work. WorldatWork is a nonprofit HR association for professionals and organizations. More than 830 organization members took part in the research, and those members are typically management-level HR and hiring executives. For more about the survey, click here

  • Flexible Stance

    88% of U.S. companies allow for some form of teleworking to employees, and 82% have authorized flex time.
    1-Flexible Stance
  • Time Allocations

    43% are compressing work weeks in some manner, and one-quarter are allowing for job shares.
    2-Time Allocations
  • All In

    54% offer flex time to all employees, compared to 28% which offer it to just some employees.
    3-All In
  • Irrelevancy Factor

    69% of survey participants say employees' career progression and development is not impacted at their organization due to their participation in flexibility programs.
    4-Irrelevancy Factor
  • Productive Outcomes

    73% say flexibility programs have had a positive impact on employee satisfaction, and about two-thirds say they've had a positive effect on engagement and motivation.
    5-Productive Outcomes
  • Selling Point

    55% of organizations that offer flex programs take advantage of this offering as a recruitment tool, at least some of the time.
    6-Selling Point
  • Missing Metrics

    Only 4% of organizations try to quantify the ROI of flexibility programs.
    7-Missing Metrics
  • Without a Safety Net …

    Just 46% have a written business continuity plan that incorporates the use of flex-work procedures in case of a disaster or other business disruption.
    8-Without a Safety Net …
  • Top Technologies Used for Telecommuting Programs

    Virtual private networks: 20%, Communications and collaboration software: 18%, Telephone systems: 18%, IM: 16%, Shared desktops: 9%
    9-Top Technologies Used for Telecommuting Programs
  • Tech Expenses Covered by Companies for Telecommuters

    Laptops: 20%, Software: 15%, Mobile devices: 14%, Mobile phone bill: 13%, Internet access: 11%
    10-Tech Expenses Covered by Companies for Telecommuters
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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