Trends in Employment Patterns and Policies

By Williams, Barry | Public Management, August 1996 | Go to article overview

Trends in Employment Patterns and Policies


Williams, Barry, Public Management


Supplying good ideas for improving the workplace is one of the practices that set top supervisors apart. But these days, even the best supervisors have little time to research or analyze workplace studies for new ideas.

So here is a quick briefing on some of the trends in employment patterns and policies that are transforming the workplace. They are helping both large and small organizations to tap the potential of people who want to work but also want to take care of family responsibilities, reduce bad commutes, manage job stress, or pursue other interests.

Part-Time Employment

Nearly 75 percent of all employers now permit part-time employment, up from about 50 percent of all employers in 1992, according to a recent national survey conducted by Work/Family Directions, a Boston-based consulting group.

Part-time employment is often the centerpiece of an organization's flexible work policies,as the 40-hour work week is all obstacle for people interested in flextime job sharing, or telecommuting.

Flextime

The same survey found that nearly 57 percent of employers offer flextime today compared with only 48 percent in 1992, just four years ago.

Flextime divides the workday into required core hours and elective flexible hours. Everyone must be in the office from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., for instance, but can complete the rest of the workday at any time between 6 a. …

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