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Employers can gauge how their workplace flexibility strategies compare with others.
Using a free online assessment, employers can now gauge how their workplace flexibility strategies compare with others in their industry in the U.S.
The tool, launched in February, is part of When Work Works, a joint partnership between the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Families and Work Institute.
The assessment takes about 15 minutes to complete. It provides a score/percentile rank, a comparison of how an individual employer’s workflex strategies compare to organizations of similar size and sector across the U.S., and suggested steps an employer can take to improve its score.
More than 250 employers have taken the assessment since its launch, said Cassidy Solis, workplace flexibility program specialist for SHRM.
The self-assessment asks questions about the company’s demographics as well as workflex-related questions, such as whether employees have control over when they take their breaks; if employees can alter their starting or quitting time; if employees can leave during the day for personal reasons, such as a parent-teacher conference; and whether employees may take a sabbatical or phased retirement.
The assessment ends with questions that ask how the employer would like to improve flexibility in the workplace; the anticipated positive outcome for the employer, employee and worksite; and any perceived obstacles to achieving those workflex goals.
When Work Works Award
The assessment also provides information about how the employer can be recognized for its workflex strategies, if it chooses, by applying for the When Work Works Award. Applications for the award—a separate function from the assessment—will be available Aug. 17.
The award, formerly known as the Alfred P. Sloan Award for Excellence in Workplace Effectiveness and Flexibility, recognized 284 workplaces in 42 states in 2014.
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