What does true flexibility at work look like? Most organizations approach it in one of two ways: as an ad hoc work-life accommodation available upon request, or as giving people permission to get their work done on their own schedule—as long as they’re available to answer emails or put out fires 24/7, Harvard Business Review reports.
Neither approach is sustainable over the long term, and right now companies find themselves forced to make a decision as employees demand more options.
According to studies conducted by Purdue, California State and State University of New York researchers about how organizations of all types—from professional services and IT firms to hospitals, retail stores, and manufacturing facilities—manage flexibility, a balanced approach is best, where every employee follows the same policies for where and when they work.
Read the full story, which outlines the downsides of work-life accommodation and boundaryless working and discusses the tenets that organizations should follow as they develop their own flexibility programs and policies.