Articles tagged 'Flex work'

HR News & Trends

Weekly Wrap: Study Finds That Flex Work is Finally Going Mainstream

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Here’s something you probably knew was coming, but now you have the data to back that feeling up.

This week, SHRM released a survey that shows that flexible work arrangements have not only gone mainstream, but seem to be both successful and growing.

Here are the key findings:

  • Most flexible work arrangements (and SHRM identified 16 different types) are successful with 73 to 92 percent of HR professionals reporting that they were somewhat or very successful. Read more…
HR Management, Talent Management

Why Aren’t We Training More Managers to Manage Virtual Teams?


Notwithstanding Yahoo’s end to employee telecommuting, the global trend toward virtual workplaces is accelerating.

Surveys vary widely on the percentage of companies with remote workers — from about 30 percent in some surveys up to SHRM’s finding that nearly half (46 percent) of all companies have at least some contractors, freelancers, or remote workers who rarely, if ever, come into the office.

Another estimate predicts that in a year, 40 percent of the global workforce will be virtual.

Whatever the numbers are saying, it’s undeniable that more and more workers are working remotely, and this is creating a challenge for recruiters. Read more…

Benefits, Talent Management

Right to Request Flex: It Seems to Be on the Fast Track in the U.S.

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Flexibility stops plodding and goes for the fast track

In 2012, the tally of employees covered by a legislated right to request flexible schedules was:

Flash forward to today. As we acknowledged our many rights on the 4th of July, the Right to Request (RTR) gathered momentum and threatened to join them. A decade-old UK practice spread to its resistant former colony. Read more…

Talent Management

Great Companies Clearly Show: Employee Flexibility Drives Innovation

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In successful organizations where employees are highly engaged and productive, producing the best work is no longer about putting in the most hours — what’s most important is getting employees’ best hours.

For some, it’s at 7 am with a hot cup of coffee and Beethoven No. 7. For others, the ideal work environment is midnight with a six-pack of Red Bull and Eminem.

These varied working styles may precipitate the need for more flexible scheduling, telecommuting options, or a more social atmosphere, at minimum. It cannot be understated, though, that employees need an environment conducive to their individual creativity and innovation. Read more…

Global HR, Legal Issues

Hong Kong: Workplace Policies That Embrace the Best of East AND West

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By Alice Wang

Hong Kong is not just a pivotal financial center of Greater Asia with soaring towers and enigmatic business opportunities; it also embraces traditions and honors family-oriented values.

Following my earlier article on Employment and Workplace Challenges in Hong Kong, let’s discuss some of the practical implications and recent developments in Hong Kong’s employment arena. Read more…

HR News & Trends, News

Weekly Wrap: Flex Work Is Growing, So Why Aren’t More Women Doing It?

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Everyone knows that flex work (or telework, or whatever else you call it) has been on the rise, and last year’s prolonged debate when Yahoo decided to get rid of the option for their workforce exposed the strong feelings that so many have about it.

That’s why some new research from the Flex+Strategy Group and Work+Life Fit, Inc. (FSG/WLF) is pretty interesting as it digs into this workforce trend that so many feel so very passionately about.

The key findings were somewhat surprising. Read more…

Talent Management

Finding Flexibility: Helping Managers Cope With Flexible Work Solutions


One of the great myths of management is that supervisors want their employees to work long hours. Many employees think their hours are 9 to “whenever my boss leaves.”

This leads some to believe they have to forget about a personal life if they want to make a good impression because the boss wants face (until the end of) time.

The reality is supervisors are often at a loss when it comes to scheduling or providing employees with more flexible work arrangements because they often don’t have the control or training needed to make the most out of the hours being clocked. Read more…

HR Management, Talent Management

7 Challenges and Considerations Before You Go to a Remote Workforce

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Remote working, distributed teams, telecommuting. They all speak to a decentralized community of co-workers who rarely see each other, and even more rarely, get to know one another in person.

But in today’s competitive economy, it’s becoming more common and even necessary for companies to embrace telecommuting as a core strategy in hiring and retaining talent.

It’s definitely a trending topic lately, with companies like Yahoo ending their historically lax remote hiring/working strategy in 2013, to other companies fully immersing themselves into the remote working culture. It’s certainly been critical to my company as we’ve built a highly productive, engaged team in an industry that fights over every last scrap of talent. Read more…

HR News & Trends

Weekly Wrap: Another Reminder of the Importance of Flex Work Policies

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The thinking that companies need to offer benefits to help recruit and keep employees seems to be one of those long-held beliefs that doesn’t hold water anymore.

New research from SHRM, the Society for Human Resource Management is quantified in a six-part State of Employee Benefits in the Workplace Survey that was published late last year. At the top of the research, as I read it, are these key findings about employee benefits:

  • Only about one in four (26 percent) of organizations say that they leverage their benefits programs to recruit employees;
  • Less than one in five (19 percent) leverage their benefits programs to retain workers; Read more…
Best of TLNT

Goodbye ROWE: Best Buy Ends Flex Work Program It Was Famous For


Editor’s note: TLNT is continuing an annual tradition by counting down the most popular posts of the year. This is No. 36. Our regular content will return in January.

All things must pass, as George Harrison once observed, and so it is with Best Buy’s famous Results Only Work Environment, known simply as ROWE.

According to the Minneapolis StarTribune:

Best Buy Co. said Monday it has ended its program that allowed corporate employees to control their schedules and how often they showed up at the company’s Richfield headquarters. Read more…