By Stephen Bruce, PhD, PHR
Just My E-pinion
Here's brief summary of key findings; the detailed results appear below.
Telecommuting. Over half (57 percent) of employers offer telecommuting in some form and most of those have offered the benefit for several years (20 percent for 8 or more years!).
As to the benefits of telecommuting programs, 64 percent of those who have a program cite improved morale. Other frequently cites benefits include improved recruiting and retention (41 percent), higher employee productivity (41 percent), and reduced absenteeism (42 percent).
Flextime. Most employers (88 percent) offer at least some form of flextime. Forty-two percent offer at least some flexible hours; 13 percent offer "core flex," that is, a core of required hours, such as 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and 4 percent report offering totally flexible hours.
Dress Down. Sixty-two percent of responding organizations offer weekly dress-down days, and another 24 percent have occasional dress down days.
Here are the detailed results:
Organization allows telecommuting:
Number of years that telecommuting has been offered:
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Organization has formal telecommuting guidelines:
Organization requires telecommuting employees to sign a formal agreement:
Telecommuting employees required to maintain a separate work area in their home:
Telecommuting employees required to have childcare:
Allowance provided to employees for telecommuting set-up expenses:
Telecommuting employees reimbursed for monthly expenses such as telephone and internet connections:
Benefits realized by organization from offering telecommuting to employees:
Company satisfaction with telecommuting arrangements:
Flextime policy for Exempt employees:
No flexible schedule
Some flexible hours
Compressed workweek available
Core flex (core required hours + flex hrs.)
Totally flexible hours
Flextime policy for Nonexempt employees:
Core flex (core req'd hours + flex hrs.)
Dress Code for Exempt employees:
Relaxed and casual
Strict, suits only
Dress Code for Nonexempt employees:
Dress Code is relaxed during the summer months:
Yes, applies to all employees
Yes, for employees with no customer contact
"Dress Down" days offered:
Frequency of Dress Down days:
Weekly (e.g., on Fridays)
Occasionally, such as before holidays
As a reward for performance or fund-raising achieved
Dress down days not allowed
Thanks to all who participated in the survey. Next up, a report on our survey of child care and elder care. Comments on today's survey? Suggestions about what we should survey next? Let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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