White House kicks off workplace flexibility campaign
The White House is concerned about workplace flexibility. Getting business owners to work with women and their families to better cope with some of the important issues. Things like 'breastfeeding breaks' in the workplace are part of health care bill. Hours worked and maternity leave are also subjects of the discussion.
They will be holding a series of breakout sessions today designed to help CEO's of small businesses better address some of the new findings on workplace flexibility. It will answer questions like best practices for the small business owner trying to meet the demands of workplace flexibility for their workers. How do they do this and still turn a profit?
Important workplace flexibility Economics statistics
- Women comprise nearly one-half of the labor force; in nearly one-half of households all adults are working.
- A factor hindering a deeper understanding of the benefits and costs of flexibility is a lack of data on the prevalence of workplace flexibility arrangements, and more research is needed on the mechanisms through which flexibility influences workers’ job satisfaction and firm profits to help policy makers and managers alike
- Although the majority of employers report allowing at least some employees flexibility in their work schedules, far fewer full-time workers report having such flexibility, although there is variation across the workforce. Notably, less-skilled workers report the least workplace flexibility. A majority of employers are also willing to accommodate a gradual return to work after a major life event, such as the birth or adoption of a child. In contrast, it is less common for workers to be able to shift where they work (by, for example, working from home) and only about one-third of firms report allowing some of their employees to job share.
"Workplace flexibility isn’t just a women’s issue. It’s an issue that affects the well-being of our families and the success of our businesses," said President Obama. "It affects the strength of our economy – whether we’ll create the workplaces and jobs of the future that we need to compete in today’s global economy."
“Flexible policies actually make employees more – not less – productive,” said Mrs. Obama. “Instead of spending time worrying about what’s happening at home, employees have the support and the peace of mind they need to concentrate at work which is good for their families – and the bottom line.”