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Linda roundtree roundtree consulting llc

workplace flexibility Design: enhancing recruitment and productivityBPW Foundation and DOL Women’s Bureau WebinarWorkplace Design: Benefits and ChallengesOctober 18, 2007

Linda Roundtree

Roundtree Consulting LLC


Workplace design enhances recruitment and productivity when it provides
Workplace design enhances recruitment and productivity when it provides…

  • Wide range of flexibility in organizing when, where and how work gets done

    • Formal and informal options

    • Reorganization of work time

    • Career flexibility pre-hire to retire and beyond

    • Team involvement in finding the best ways to work


Workplace design enhances recruitment and productivity when it provides cont d
Workplace design enhances recruitment and productivity when it provides… (cont’d)

  • Flexibility as a strategic tool to expand the recruitment pool

    • Geographically

    • To include people who traditionally face barriers into the labor force

  • Culture of trust evident in how people and work are managed

    • Access to flexibility without jeopardy

    • Focus on expectations and results

    • Rewards consistent with results-oriented culture


Workplace flexibility design encompasses a wide range of options

Amount of Hours it provides…

Reduced Work Schedules, Job Sharing, Flex Year, Vacation Options

Place of Work

At-Home, Satellite, Community, Traveling, Hoteling

Management of Time

Organization of Career

Quiet Time, Meeting-Free Time, Teleconference Planning

Off- and On-Ramps, Phased Retirement, Sabbaticals

Workplace flexibility design encompasses a wide range of options…

Scheduling of Hours

Flextime, Compressed Workweeks, Shift Changes


Examples of workplace designs that meet business needs and the needs of
Examples of workplace designs that meet business needs and the needs of…

  • Highly skilled workers looking for complex, temporary projects — The Business Talent Group

  • Experienced nurses seeking work-at-home — McKesson Health Solutions

  • New entrants into the workforce — Jet Blue

  • Parents with school-aged children — Dow Corning

  • Employees desiring career breaks — Accenture

  • Older workers looking for snowbird programs — CVS/Pharmacy

  • Employees with children who have special needs — Ernst and Young


Wondering how to get started flex options has the resources
Wondering how to get started? the needs of…Flex-Options has the resources…

  • A free program offered by the U.S. Department of Labor, Women’s Bureau to:

    • Build national awareness of the benefits of flexible workplace solutions

    • Encourage business owners and leaders to consider work redesign and develop or expand a culture of workplace flexibility

    • Positively impact bottom line for business owners

    • Enhance ability to manage work and life responsibilities for employees


Flex options is making it happen by

Bringing together the needs of…business owners, entrepreneurs and managers interested in flexibility with peer mentors who have successfully implemented flexible workplace cultures

Facilitating sharing of information and best practices at national and local events featuring panel presentations, breakout activities and networking

Providing tools including Web site resources, national teleconferences, Webinars, and discussion groups

Flex-Options is making it happen by…


Flex options numbers highlight its reach
Flex-Options’ numbers highlight its reach the needs of…

  • Since 2005, Flex-Options has:

    • Partnered with 675 employers

    • Actively worked with more than 450 employers

    • Helped employers implement or enhance 721 flexibility practices

    • Potentially impacted more than 410,000 employees


For more information on flex options and workplace flexibility design
For more information on Flex-Options and workplace flexibility design…

  • Visit www.we-inc.org for free resources including:

    • Flex news and articles

    • Tips for employees and managers

    • Best practices

    • Teleconference transcripts

    • And the new 37-page Flex-Options Guide


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