Selling flex to management? Focus on benefits beyond HR

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If you want support from the C-suite for work/life benefits, tout flexible schedules and telework as tools that do more than aid recruiting and retention.

In a survey by professional services firm BDO Seidman and work/life consultants Work+Life Fit, chief financial officers (CFOs) said that for flexibility to succeed, organizations have to perceive it as more than an employee perk.

Some advice from the top:

1. Change the perception that flexibility is only an employee perk or a human resource policy. Talk about it as a strategy to improve workflow, reduce environmental impact and cut health care and facilities costs.

2. Reinforce the notion that flex is an important talent-management tool that can help an organization stand out from competitors.

3. Offer flexibility as a way to curb costs during the economic downturn. Examples: 30% of CFOs surveyed said their organizations use flexibility to coordinate contract-based p...(register to read more)

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