The movement toward granting greater flexibility to workers when it comes to where and when they work is being embraced more by employees. In order to capture the potential productivity gains of a more flexible work environment, employers need to do some catch up with their workforce on their commitment to flexibility.

A study by Flex+Strategy Group/Work+Life Fit, Inc., executed with workplace strategy consultant Citrix, identified high levels of employee acceptance of remote and open office working arrangements. Perhaps the most telling takeaway from the study: 9 out of 10 of the 617 workers surveyed said they believe their employer trusts them to do their job well regardless of the where and the when of the work.

The survey also revealed that management has yet to create the training and infrastructure to effectively support this burgeoning trend.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.