Work from Anywhere: Because I Want to Help My Employer, the Economy and the Environment

According to a report from the Council of Economic Advisers — Work-Life Balance and the Economics of Workplace Flexibility (PDF) — published in March 2010, many companies overlook the benefits of implementing flexible workplace policies for their employees. Flexible workplace arrangements can include job sharing, phased retirement of older workers, and telecommuting. These practices allow workers to continue making productive contributions to the workforce while also attending to family and other responsibilities.

According to the report, flexible workplace policies can be linked to improved recruitment and reduced turnover, increasing the productivity of a company’s workforce and its overall bottom line. These practices are also associated with improved employee health and decreased absenteeism, a major cost for employers. The report suggests that if more firms would adopt these practices, then society as a whole would benefit, in the form of reduced traffic, improved employment outcomes and a more efficient allocation of workers to employers.

I’m lucky to work for a company that embraces these practices, primarily by way of telecommuting, in both the types of products we sell and the human resources policies that have been instituted. I can attest personally that flexible workplace arrangements have made a huge difference in my productivity and happiness as an employee. Does your company have these types of policies and how have they made a difference to you?


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