ALEXANDRIA, VA-Once upon a time, activities such astelecommuting, cross-training, rotating compressed workweeks andemployee autonomy were considered exotic experiments; somethinginteresting to try, but unrealistic tools when it came toorganizational productivity.

What a difference a century makes. According to Families andWork Institute president Ellen Galinsky and FWI senior vicepresident Lois Backon, 21st century organizations had betterbe a lot more flexible and innovative when it comes to attractingand retaining talent. Otherwise, those organizations better beprepared to say “buh-buy” to that talent as it finds more flexibleplaces in which to work.

Galinsky and Backon presented statistics from the "2008 National Study of the ChangingWorkforce" and examples of flexible workplace best practices at aMarch 30 webinar entitled “The Business Imperative for Building MoreFlexible and Effective Workplaces.” The web seminar tookplace in conjunction with the Society for Human ResourceManagement.

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