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Plenty of organizations offer flexible schedules, allow telework and let parents slip out early once in a while to catch a child’s soccer game. But in many workplaces, those benefits are perks that only managers and white-collar workers enjoy.

Support staff, hourly workers and part-timers are often out of luck.

Yet several studies show that when low-wage employees have some flexibility in their hours and are allowed to take some control over their work schedules—even occasionally—teamwork improves and unscheduled absences abate.

Still, many managers of factory workers, housekeepers, drivers, receptionists and others consider flexibility impossible for employees whose presence during certain hours is necessary.

Better teamwork, results

If managers at your organization feel that way, share these examples from a new study on flexibility for low-wage earners from Corporate Voices for Working Families, an advocacy group: 

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