Magazine article Working Mother

Flexed to the Max?

Magazine article Working Mother

Flexed to the Max?

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You're all for workplace flexibility: Your employees work from home or adjust hours to meet family or personal needs. But now a staffer wants even more schedule shifting-and you have concerns for the health of your business. Take the lead in talking about mutual needs, says Ken Matos, director of research at Families and Work Institute, with these steps.

Start with the problem. Employees can get stuck on suggesting a solution they've thought about without realizing all the possibilities. Have your staffer describe his actual flex needs. Then review his job description-with and without him-to figure out which of his job functions are absolutely essential, and which can be traded around to open up more time for him.

Consider a team effort. Take a look at how your whole team can be involved in the solution. …

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