Workplace flexibility allows employees to reach their work and life responsibilities as well as help employers compete in today's global marketplace, said Henry G. Jackson, the president and CEO of the Society for Human Resource Management, in a statement to Congress.

"The truth is that workplace flexibility is good for people," Jackson said. "The business truth is that it's good for the bottom line."

Flexible strategies, which include telecommuting, flextime, part-time work, job sharing and compressed schedules, increase productivity, employee engagement and morale, and they also reduce turnover, absenteeism and lower overhead costs, Jackson said.

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