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The Net Effect of Flex in the Worplace

Flex time, job-sharing, compressed schedules, and telecommuting: these workplace practices are needed now more than ever as we juggle the demands of work and other life commitments in a global, 24/7 economy. Women sometimes need flexible work options particularly to make the pieces of their work-life puzzle fit together: today women make up half the paid labor force and 80 percent of them will become mothers by the time they reach age 44. But workplace flexibility is a salient issue for all people-not just women and not just mothers. In a 2008 Study of the Changing Workforce, fathers reported more work-life conflict than ever before. A whopping 59 percent said they experienced some or a lot of conflict; in 1977, only 35 percent did. Young people, older employees, parents and non-parents all need some flexibility in when, where, and how they work.

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