Flexible Work Arrangements: Popular Alternatives to Enhance Benefits

By Culpepper and Associates Jun 26, 2009
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The economic downturn has forced many companies to reduce expenses and the level of benefits they provide to employees. To offset the sting from cuts to benefits programs, an increasing number of companies are offering flexible work arrangements to enhance work/life balance, improve morale and prevent the loss of valuable employees.

Results from a recent Culpepper Benefits Survey reveal that 90 percent of companies offer one or more flexible work arrangements to employees.

Flexible work arrangements include a variety of different alternative work schedules and programs to promote work/life balance, including telecommuting, flexible work hours, compressed workweeks, part-time employment, phase-back from maternity leave, phased retirement, job sharing and seasonal schedules.

Across most job levels, telecommuting and flextime are the two most common flexible work arrangements (see Figure 1 and Table 1).

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Table 1: Percent of Companies Offering Flexible Work Arrangements by Job Level

Executives

Manager-level employees

Professional-level employees

Hourly and non-exempt employees

Telecommuting / teleworking

57%

68%

72%

33%

Flextime (flexible work hours)

56%

65%

69%

49%

Part-time employment

16%

31%

50%

42%

Compressed workweeks

18%

18%

26%

25%

Phase-back from maternity leave

13%

17%

19%

12%

Job sharing

  2%

  2%

  7%

  8%

Seasonal schedules

  6%

  5%

  5%

  6%

Phased retirement

  7%

  7%

  5%

  3%

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Data source:
Culpepper Benefits Survey
of 182 organizations.

Survey dates:
April 13, 2009, through June 9, 2009.

Breakdown by sector:

  • Technology: 58%
  • Life science: 13%
  • Health care services: 7%
  • Other: 23%

Breakdown by number of employees:

  • Up to 100 employees: 23%
  • 101 to 500 employees: 24%
  • 501 to 2,500 employees: 28%
  • 2,501 to 10,000 employees: 14%
  • Over 10,000 employees: 11%

Breakdown by Ownership/Corporate Status:

  • Public: 32%
  • Private: 56%
  • Not-for-profit: 10%
  • Other: 2%

Breakdown by Country:

  • United States: 90%
  • Canada: 7%
  • Other: 3%

Culpepper and Associates conducts worldwide salary surveys and provides benchmark data for compensation and employee benefit programs.

Reposted with permission

Source: Culpepper Benefits Surveys, June 2009.

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