The Risks of Flex Work
Managers talk a better game than they practice when it comes to flexible hours, telecommuting and other alternatives to the 9-to-5 office day. Most companies offer some form of these programs, which are touted as productivity boosters. But research from WorldatWork shows that workers who take advantage of such arrangements see considerable career fallout, including negative performance reviews and limited career advancement. “Employees suffer a variety of job repercussions for participating in work-life programs, even when their leaders insist they support the business value," says Kathie Lingle, executive director of WorldatWork's Alliance for Work-Life Progress. "The good news is that most employers around the globe avow support for family-friendly workplaces. The bad news is they are simultaneously penalizing those who actively strive to integrate work with their lives.” More than 2,840 employers and workers took part in the research. For more information about survey results, click here.