Work flexibility is all-too-often described as a nice-to-have perk that benefits employees by helping them balance their work and personal lives.

But work flexibility is not a perk, and it’s not a helpful add-on.  Work flexibility is a necessity, and here are eight reasons why:

1. Work flexibility is good for our morale.

When employees are trusted to make decisions about the best way to get their work done, they feel empowered, and that feeling leads to a stronger investment in their work and higher morale.

2. Work flexibility is good for our health.

When people are in control of their own schedules and not forced to compartmentalize their responsibilities, they are better able to manage all the different components of modern life. By helping people maintain that control, work flexibility reduces stress. And when workers can set their own schedules, they can also find time for exercise. Less stress and more exercise means better mental and physical health.

3. Work flexibility is good for our productivity.

It’s no surprise that people with higher morale and better health would be more productive, and the facts speak for themselves: study after study shows that work flexibility leads to greater productivity.

4. Work flexibility is good for business.

Happier, healthier, more productive employees means better business. When employees are engaged they have a higher level of job satisfaction, and that leads to less employee turnover and better output, a win-win for both workers and their employers.

5. Work flexibility is good for our communities.

In addition to being more productive at work, employees with work flexibility are also able to be better parents, children, and caregivers. Work flexibility means being able to meet the needs of your family as well as the needs of your job, and not having to sacrifice one for the other. That’s good for our families, and good for our communities.

6. Work flexibility is good for the environment.

When workers work from home, they stay off the roads. And when they work staggered schedules, they help reduce traffic. Minor changes like these have major benefits: they dramatically cut back on fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.

7. Work flexibility is good for our economy.

With all these great benefits to individuals, communities, and businesses comes one more boon: by increasing productivity and job satisfaction, work flexibility is good for our economy at large.

8. Work flexibility just makes sense.

As business owners, community members, and workers, we have the ability to shape the workplace. There’s no need for us to follow outdated models if they don’t make sense for us anymore. Work flexibility can and should become the new normal.

Show your support for work flexibility by joining us and helping to build a movement towards a workplace designed for the 21st century!

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