Since 2005 the percentage of employers allowing (at least some) employees to work some of their regular paid hours at home on a regular basis has increased from 34 percent to 63 percent, according to the 2012 National Study of Employers.
In this Glass Hammer article, Day-to-Day Flexibility Increases, While Career Flex Drops, the cost of such a change is questioned. Although there is an increased amount of flexibility in the daily lives of employees, in regards to time and location, it seems harder to incorporate more long-term changes.
A lot of the flexibility comes down to the technology advances that we have seen in last couple of decades. Due to the fact that most work can now be done virtually, productivity isn’t harmed in this process.”On the other hand, companies do not seem to be acknowledging the importance of retaining long-term, experienced employees who may need to decrease their work-schedule for a more extended amount of time due to personal pulls,” the author writes.
Can we blame the economy for this? Yes and no. One side of the argument is that with so many people searching for jobs it is harder to justify extended leave, but is this enough of a reason to let people go since they’re working so hard with fewer resources to do double the work. That’s the important question that companies must figure out.
Does it have to be a trade-off? What do you think – have you noticed this trend?
Ritu Walia is myGreenlight’s Member Coordinator.