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Most U.S. employers support workplace flexibility

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Eighty percent employers of surveyed offer flexible work arrangements to employees, according to new research by the nonprofit WorldatWork and online career site FlexJobs.

However, only 37% of those surveyed report they have a formal, written philosophy or policy to support employee flexibility options.

By far, the most prevalent flexibility programs offered are telework days on an ad-hoc basis, flex time and part-time employment.

Not all employees are eligible for those flexible work arrangements. Only about 60% of those surveyed report that all their employees have access to flex benefits.

In 67% of organizations, the decision to allow employees to use flexible work arrangements is left up to individual managers.

Top flexible work arrangements

Telework on ad hoc basis    85%
Flex time   82%
Part-time schedules   82%   
Compressed workweek   48%
Job sharing   21%

Source: WorldatWork Trends in Workplace Flexibility survey, October 2015

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