White House tackles job flexibility

March 31, 2010

This afternoon the White House is hosting a Workplace Flexibility Forum in response to a report released by the Council of Economic Advisers, titled “Work-life Balance and the Economics of Workplace Flexibility.”

The CEA study showed that more than 50 percent of employers surveyed reported allowing at least some workers to periodically change their starting and quitting times. The study also showed about 20 percent of employers allow some of their employees to work from home on a regular basis.

The CEA said many employers cited benefits such as reduced rates of absenteeism and turnover, improved health of their workers, and increased productivity in adopting more flexible work schedules, but added nearly a third of firms said flexibility measures were too costly to implement.

Watch the White House video from the Workplace Flexibility Forum:

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