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The Case for Flexible Work Schedules

Steven Darien

The chairman and CEO of The Cabot Advisory Group in New Jersey, Steven Darien has more than 30 years of experience in human resource management. Steven Darien and his team of personnel management professionals advise corporations on organizational strategies that help them recruit and retain top talent.

Flexible scheduling, once reserved for longtime employees and working parents, is becoming more common in today’s workplaces. Many factors are influencing this shift, including:

- More people are trying to achieve a healthy work-life balance by seeking jobs that fit their lifestyles.
- Advances in cloud technology and business software have made performing work duties completely outside of the office possible for many workers.
- To respond to the demands of a global market, many businesses must be operational 24 hours a day. This has driven the need for workers who are available outside of traditional working hours.
Although flexible scheduling is popular among employees, fewer than 10 percent of job advertisements clearly offer this benefit. Companies that have flexible scheduling options, such as compressed four- or three-day workweeks, can gain a competitive edge and attract the best candidates.

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