Our new book, The Agile Workforce and Workplace: A Flexibility Primer for the New Future of Work, is a step-by-step guide to creating a top-down flex strategy for your company that will allow you to avoid the legal and organizational pitfalls that can follow when such programs grow organically, without forethought and structure.
And grow they will – whether by design or necessity – because Generation Y, pre-retirees and busy dads are as anxious to have work flexibility as working mothers these days. Offering flexible schedules and allowing employees to work from home or other convenient remote locations, whether on a permanent or occasional basis, is a great way to attract and keep the best people and to nurture the diversity of your workforce. Plus, it makes business sense – companies that are set up to have workers do their jobs remotely are prepared to keep doing business even if there’s a weather situation, natural disaster or building disruption that keeps people from coming into the office. And some companies have saved millions of dollars on facilities costs by setting up some employees to work flexibly.
Workforce diversity guru Ted Childs writes in his foreword, “Karol [Rose] is a thinker who has lived through the evolution of this issue, and can constructively help us prepare for such challenges, and she, along with her co-author, Lori Sokol, does it masterfully in this discussion of yesterday’s and today’s workplace, and marketplace, and in so doing, tomorrow’s everyplace.”