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Workers of all ages and ranks - even executives in Fortune 500 Companies - say they want more flexibility and would prefer it to a pay increase.

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The juiciest carrot to dangle for prospective employees is not cash; it's flexibility.

The building blocks of the custom-fit workplace are flexible work arrangements that allow employees to create a work-life fit while successfully meeting the needs of their employers.  Alternative scheduling, flexible hours, compressed work weeks, reduced workload, part-time, job-sharing, and working virtually are some of the best known options.

You probably already know someone who takes advantage of such an option: a nurse who works four ten-hour shifts each week, an administrator who negotiated a 32-hour reduced schedule, or a salesperson who telecommutes.  These common flexible work arrangements affect when, how, and where we work and are critical pieces of the custom-fit workplace.


Advice for Employers

Even small changes in an employee's schedule add up to large improvements in people's lives, such as letting a dad start work at 9 am instead of 8:30 so he can drop his child off at daycare.

Examine any rigid scheduling traditions.  Don't let tradition block you from making changes that will make your workforce more able to manage the dual demands of job and life.

Work with your employees to determine schedules that work for them and the company.  Seek win-win solutions.


Advice for workers

When making a case for a flexible work arrangement, cite the business benefits of worker loyalty, decreased absenteeism, even improved health.  (See Studies and Research)

Work with your employer to determine a flexibility strategy that works for both you and the company.

Honor your commitment.  If your employer allows you to start work at 9am instead of 8:30, don't push your time out to 9:05 or 9:15 without making prior arrangements.  If you work from home one day each week, make sure that day is productive.