Dressed in Sweat Pants and Working Hard
The traditional nine to five, or should we say nine to nine this time of the year is not the only way to make a living! Boston College Center for Work & Family conducted a two-year survey of 1,353 employers and found that flexibility in the workplace is a win-win situation for both employers and employees.
The workers and managers who were surveyed are in agreement that increased workplace flexibility has a positive impact on work quality, productivity and retention.
The study looked at three types of work flexibility:
- Traditional flextime: the employee has a say over when the work day starts, but the day includes certain core hours determined by the manager
- Daily flextime: workers vary their work hours on a daily basis
- Telecommuting: an employee's work schedule includes off-site work, usually performed from home.
Survey results revealed that telecommuting is the most challenging type of workplace flexibility. Good communication of expectations is needed to address the issue of these most flexible working arrangements.
Voice of the Editor
Which isn’t completely true. I mean, occasionally I drop by when I manage to sneak out of the nonstop frat party over at Going Concern, but I’m mostly a wallflower over there. I’m happy to say that I’ve been given express permission (or explicit orders, if you like) to wander over here to AccountingWEB more often.
Why is that, you might ask? My job is to replace the irreplaceable Gail Perry as Editor-in-Chief. What does that mean? I don’t really know! I think it’ll be fun getting a feel for things, throwing in my own thoughts here and there, and listening to the discussions you’re having about the accounting profession.