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Workplace Flexibility Often Under-Used

By SHRM Online staff  1/18/2013

In January 2013, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) released a series of "State of Employee Benefits in the Workplace" reports, based on surveys fielded among SHRM members in 2012.

According to findings in "State of Employee Benefits in the Workplace—Flexible Work Arrangements," about half (53 percent) of organizations provided at least some of their employees with the option to use flexible work arrangements, including full- or part-time telecommuting, flexible scheduling and compressed workweeks. But among those organizations that offered flex arrangements, only about one-third (34 percent) reported a majority of their employees were allowed to take advantage of these benefits.

Moreover, just over one-third (36 percent) reported employee participation in flex arrangements had increased since 2010, while 58 percent reported participation had remained the same and 6 percent reported participation had declined. In considering these figures, however, note that 62 percent of HR professionals reported that their organizations did not monitor participation rates for the flexible work arrangements they offered.

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