Study: Workplace Flexibility Still a Myth to Most

Chestnut Hill, Mass. — March 17

Workplace flexibility is something that employees have shown an increased demand for in recent years, but a new study by the Sloan Center on Aging & Work at Boston College shows flexible work options are out of reach for most employees and that, when offered, arrangements are limited in size and scope.

The study examined the flexible work arrangements of 545 U.S. employers and found most arrangements center around allowing employees to move where they work and when they report in, but didn’t include reduction of work or temporary leaves from jobs. Additionally, any flexibility options that are available aren’t being made to the majority of a company’s employees.

The study, co-authored by Stephen Sweet of Ithaca College, Elyssa Besen of the Center for Disability Research, Lonnie Golden of Penn State Abington along with Boston College’s Pitt-Catsouphes, found only one-in-five companies offered more than one approach to workplace flexibility, despite the fact that different employees need different options.

Source: Sloan Center on Aging & Work at Boston College