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Monday, July 25, 2005 12:53 PM
Re-flex
Kevin Salwen on In the News

What are we to read into this USA Today report that the number of employees with flexible work schedules is dropping? According to the Labor Department, 1.6 million fewer employees are working flextime than in May 2001. In addition, the Society for Human Resource Management finds that less companies (56%) are offering the option than they did in 2002 (64%).

Are workers too skittish to ask in this layoff-precarious environment, as the USA Today piece suggests? Have companies been playing off the weakness of the economy to offer fewer perks (in which case, we should see flextime offerings regain their popularity, since hiring has been picking up)? Or how about the optimist's view: So many companies are becoming more flexible with their hours informally that more formal flextime programs are going away in favor of 'we don't care where you work.' Or does that last one fall into the 'Kevin, what are you smokin'?' category?


1 comment

Janet Auty-Carlisle - 7/26/2005 7:55:06 PM
Hey Kevin
According to margaret herrernan in your latest issue this is just part of a bigger problem.
Her opening comments.'When Michael Eisner steps down from Disney next year,' he will have only taken one week off in 28 years....Geez, the head of Disney and he didn't even take time off to enjoy it. How does he expect people to take time to see spleniforous places if he himself doesn't encourage vacation time? As to flex time the article goes on to report 'Flex time arrangements which grew steadily throught the '90's, have ow nearly ground to a halt. ...this flexibility seems to be facilitating longer days rather than richer lives.' 'The typical middle class married couple with children now works over 3,900 hours a year-the equivalent of two, full-time year round jobs...' No wonder there are commercials on tv now encouraging people to take their vacation time owed to them....Geez people, relax. Bottom line the job will get done and if hours are more reasonable, as the article further notes, people are more productive....Let's re-think flex time.... you deserve it! Living la vida fearless. www.tobeyourbest. Jan

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