Five Flextime Friendly Companies
Working parents aren't the only ones who benefit from flexible
work arrangements. Whether it gives them the opportunity to
avoid commuter traffic jams or to spend more time on their
outside interests, everyone stands to gain when employers make
a commitment to improving work/life balance.
Jordan says he is working "longer and odder hours" than ever
before, and he couldn't be happier about it.
Jordan, a project manager in the Open Work Services Group of
Sun Microsystems, has been working from home for the last six
years, ever since he and his wife made the decision to move out
of San Francisco to raise their four children in the Sierra
Foothills of California, 140 miles from Sun's office.
Without the conventional boundary between in-office and
out-of-office time, Jordan estimates that he works 10-20
percent longer hours than he used to, placing international
calls at all hours of the day and night. But he also has the
flexibility to spend time with his children, lending a hand
with activities such as school pick-up and drop-off.
Is the trade-off worth it?
"Absolutely," Jordan says, acknowledging that he has little
interest in ever returning to a conventional work schedule. "I
can't leave my job until the rest of the world catches up," he
The world might catch up sooner than Jordan realizes.
In the 2006 Benefits Survey by the Society for Human Resource
Management, 57 percent of human resource professionals reported
that their organizations offered flextime options to
Definitions of flexible work arrangements
Flextime: Employees set the start and finish time of their
workday (within parameters established by their
Telecommute: Employees do not have a desk in a central
office (and typically work from home or some other
Compressed Work Week: Employees work longer hours,
completing their weekly hours in fewer days.
Job Sharing: Two or more employees share the
responsibilities of one job, alternating work days.
Results- or Goal-oriented: Employees have no set hours, but
are expected to complete projects or meet goals within a
Five companies that offer flexible work
Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Company profile: "An innovative industry leader in
servers, storage, software and services with a 100 percent
focus on network computing."
What they offer: 40 percent of Sun employees
participate in the company's "Open Work" program, in which
they have the freedom to work flexible hours and off-site.
Employees in the Open Work program averaged more than a 34
percent gain in productivity, and gave the program a
satisfaction rating of over 80 percent on metrics that
track work/life balance.
Richard Jordan reports that Sun employees who work from
home score the highest of all employees in performance
ratings, followed by employees who work flexible hours, and
then employees who work in the office.
Company profile: "A global network of professional
firms providing audit, tax and advisory services."
What they offer: "We have a firm-wide flextime
policy as part of our approach to flexibility," says
Barbara Wankoff, KPMG's national director of workplace
Wankoff estimates that 70 percent of KPMG employees work
flexible hours. Other components of KPMG's "culture of
flexibility" include compressed work weeks and "jump-start"
Fridays during the summer (when employees are encouraged to
leave at 3 p.m.).
"Feedback has been very positive," Wankoff says. A recent
employee survey revealed that employees "strongly agree
they have the flexibility they need," and that even with
the scheduling freedom, "people continue to uphold their
Best Buy Co., Inc.
Company profile: "A specialty retailer of consumer
electronics, personal computers, entertainment software and
What they offer: 60 percent of the employees at
Best Buy's corporate campus participate in Results-Only
Work Environments (ROWE), with nearly 75 percent predicted
involvement by March 2007.
As part of the ROWE program, the hours of the workday are
not defined. Employees and management have the autonomy to
complete their work wherever and whenever they choose as
long as they achieve set results.
PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.
Company profile: "A highly diversified and growing
financial services organization spanning the retail,
business and corporate markets."
What they offer: "Nearly half of our 25,000
employee work force is on some type of flexible arrangement
including job sharing, telecommuting and compressed work
weeks," says Darcel Kimble of PNC's corporate
A 2005 study by the non-profit organization Corporate
Voices for Working Families found that a compressed work
week pilot program at PNC resulted in: work that had
previously taken two days being done in one day;
absenteeism dropping from 60 days to nine days; improved
customer service; and the company saving over $100,000 in
Company profile: "Provides industry-focused
assurance, tax and advisory services to build public trust
and enhance value for its clients and their
What they offer: Jennifer Duris, a manager in PwC's
office of diversity, where she is responsible for Worklife
and Flexible Work Arrangements, says that flexible work
arrangements are "available to all staff."
While just over 6 percent of PwC employees have a formal
flextime arrangement, Duris estimates that more than 40
percent work flexible hours on an informal basis. The
options available include: flextime hours, compressed work
weeks and telecommuting (every employee is given a laptop).
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