Small Businesses Embrace Flexibility/ How Is Flexibility Working in Your Small Business?
You may be surprised to learn that approximately 80% of U.S. businesses have fewer than 20 employees (U.S.Census Bureau, 2006). Recent findings reported by the Sloan Work and Family Research Network about small businesses and flexibility show that small businesses are embracing flexibility practices as an important business strategy. Read the findings below then let us know what you think. Are you a small business employer? What practices and policies are working for your employees and your bottom line? How do you measure your return on investment when you use flexibility strategies?
▪ Employees in small firms with 50 to 99 employees are more likely (64%) than
employees of large companies with 1,000 or more employees (47%) to report
that their “supervisors are encouraged to be supportive of employees with family
needs by finding solutions that work for both employees and the organization”
(Galinsky, Bond, & Sakai with Kim & Giuntoli, 2008).
▪ There is no statistically significant difference in the flexibility and supportiveness of small (50 to 99 employees) and large (more than 1,000 employees)employers (Galinsky, Bond, & Sakai with Kim & Giuntoli, 2008).
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