ALEXANDRIA, VA-Once upon a time, activities such as telecommuting, cross-training, rotating compressed workweeks and employee autonomy were considered exotic experiments; something interesting to try, but unrealistic tools when it came to organizational productivity.

What a difference a century makes. According to Families and Work Institute president Ellen Galinsky and FWI senior vice president Lois Backon, 21st century  organizations had better be a lot more flexible and innovative when it comes to attracting and retaining talent. Otherwise, those organizations better be prepared to say “buh-buy” to that talent as it finds more flexible places in which to work.

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