SHRM Foundation Report Provides Guidance on Implementing Workplace Flexibility

Oct 6, 2014

ALEXANDRIA, Va.,— The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Foundation recently released the Leveraging Workplace Flexibility for Engagement and Productivity report for businesses and human resource professionals who are seeking guidance on how and why to implement workplace flexibility programs.

Additionally, the report provides tips and case studies to help HR professionals develop flexible work practices for their particular organizations. The report also includes research about workplace flexibility for companies that are currently undecided about whether to offer flexible work arrangements.

“One challenge in implementing workplace flexibility policies is the employer view that flexible work arrangements are primarily an employee benefit, instead of a tool to increase employee engagement and productivity,” said Mark Schmit, executive director of the SHRM Foundation.

“However, SHRM research actually shows that 91 percent of HR professionals whose companies offer flexible work arrangements, such as teleworking, have seen positive results on employee engagement, job satisfaction and retention,” Schmit continued. “This is one of several research points in the report that can help employers decide if workplace flexibility is right for them.”

The report is the 18th in the SHRM Foundation’s Effective Practice Guidelines series and was sponsored by SuccessFactors.

The full report is available online at:

Media: For more information, contact Laura Ambrosio of SHRM Public Affairs at 703-535-6273 and or Kate Kennedy at 703-535-6260 and Follow us on Twitter @SHRMPress.

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