Learning how to implement work-life flexibility in the workplace is increasingly important for the effectiveness of employers and employees. Dr. Kossek has designed and helped conduct research to evaluate implementation of all forms of workplace flexibility (e.g. telework, cell-phone work, part time reduced load work, flextime, flexshifts, vacations, leaveS) in organizations around the world from professional high technology workers to hourly manufacturing and service employees. Her research focuses on helping organizations create:
- a culture of workplace flexibility
- benefits employer/employee/customer
- implementation considerations, opportunities for the employee and manager role in order to make workplace flexibility a win-win for employees and employers
- practices to support balanced flexibility
National Work Family Health Network-Flexibility Intervention - Organizational Change Management Study
Implementing Work-Life Flexibility Collectively in Unionized Organizations
Managing Professionals in New Work Forms: Customized Workloads and Hours
In recent years more employers have established policies and programs to support employees who want to work in different ways to accommodate shifting priorities in their personal and professional lives over the life span. The primary purpose of this research project is to promote greater understanding of how organizations are managing and integrating professionals working on a reduced load basis. The focus of this study is on:
- a) Following the career and personal life choices of reduced-load professionals over time;
- b) Learning how managers approach and support reduced-load professionals reporting to them; and
- c) Examining how new work forms among professionals are evolving in organizations that were experimenting with reduced-load arrangements 5 years ago.
SHRM Executive Roundtable on Workplace Flexibility
The purpose of this Executive Roundtable was to have an open dialog about the progress that has been made on workplace flexibility and to identify what needs to be done going forward. This Roundtable reviewed research and identified specific next steps to advance flexibility.