Tuesday, August 31, 2004

The Balancing Act

For many workers, flexibility is no longer a nice-to-have - it's a need-to-have to find that work-life balance. And workplaces are responding. Instead of losing valued employees, many companies are opting to offer their employees quality of life benefits our parents would have never thought possible. Let's face it, the typical 9 to 5 workday is fading away as employees demand a better work and life balance and employers respond by offering a variety of flexible scheduling options. In a survey conducted recently by consulting firm Hewitt Associates, three out of four businesses said they offer part-time, flextime, job sharing or compressed work weeks and other alternatives.

So what's an employee to do when his or her boss lives in the dark ages and is unwilling to give flexibility a chance? It may be time to consider changing jobs. However, before drafting your letter of resignation, you should take the time to research the various flexible scheduling options and decide which would benefit both you and your employer.
Some of the options include
  • Telecommuting
  • Flexible and part-time schedules
  • Compressed work week and
  • Job sharing

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