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Beat big businesses with flexible work options

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Even though we warned you recently not to let employees take undue advantage of them, flexible work options continue to offer small businesses a significant advantage over large businesses in recruiting and retaining employees.

That’s according to a recent study by the Families and Work Institute, which found that:

-52 percent of the small businesses surveyed grant employees control over when they take breaks, compared to 44 percent of the large companies surveyed.
-66 percent of the small businesses allow all or most employees to return to work gradually after childbirth or adoption, compared with only 49 percent of the large companies.
-55 percent of the smalls allow time off for education or training to improve skills, compared with 42 percent of big businesses.

The results indicate that small business employees feel more comfortable talking to their supervisors about personal and family issues.

They believe bosses are more likely to care about the impact of work on private life in the small business sector.

Advice: Take every opportunity to remind employees and job candidates that the flexibility you offer is a perk that they’re less likely to find elsewhere.

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