Flexible Work, Virtual Offices, Workshifting and Employee Retention

BOSTON—The Families and Work Institute just released its 2012 report on employers who offer workers perks like flexible work, healthcare benefits, retirement and leave. The overarching results: flexible benefits around place and time are on the rise.

"Flexibility that enhances an employee's ability to decide when and where they accomplish their work tasks is on the rise with increases in the proportion of employers allowing at least some employees access to flex time and place and choices in managing time since 2005," the researchers wrote.

Virtual offices play a key role in the flexible work trend. Virtual offices allow employees to workshift without compromising the integrity of job projects. Virtual offices, flex time and workshifting run in the same vein—and more companies are allowing these concepts to take hold in their cultures.

Here’s some data from the 2012 report:

  • 77% employers offered flextime in 2012

  • 63% offer flexplace offerings

  • 93% allow employees to manage how they spend their work time

“As flexible scheduling and workplaces become more common, organizations that fail to adopt these options run the risk of being out performed by competitors who benefit from lower operating costs and better adaptation to a global knowledge- and service-based economy,” the report warns.

Does your company offer employees to pursue flex time via virtual office space, mobile technology or some other remote working arrangement? If not, it’s time to consider how this trend may fit into your corporate culture. Virtual offices are not going away. And companies who don’t understand that may lose some of the best and brightest talent in the generation ahead.


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