Magazine article HRMagazine

On Workflex and Wellness

Magazine article HRMagazine

On Workflex and Wellness

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Where did you work today? You may have put time in at the office, but you also may have tackled tasks on a plane, in a coffee shop, at home and even on vacation.

Advances in technology have made what was once unimaginable now routine. Collaboration can happen around a conference table or in virtual rooms, and employees can solve problems in real time from thousands of miles away. For employers, the "anytime, anywhere" workplace has been a productivity boon.

The borderless workplace has also empowered many employees. The ability to operate from home, to shift or compress schedules, and to make other flexible work arrangements has been a lifesaver for increasingly busy workers as they navigate the responsibilities of caregiving and personal obligations.

It is no surprise that this kind of workplace flexibility, or "workflex" for short, is climbing to the top of the most-wanted list of workplace wellness benefits, a trend we explore in this month's HR Magazine feature "Wellness Blows Up."

Workflex works best when applied supportively, fairly and consistently across the workforce. Done well, it meets the needs of both employers and employees. Company leaders can attract and retain the talent to power their enterprises, and employees-from new parents to caregivers for aging parents, and from Millennials to Baby Boomers-can achieve work/life well-being. Everyone wins.

Unfortunately, it does not always turn out that way.

Recently, we've seen some companies pull back telework and other flexible work options in the name of collaboration. …

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