Why Don't More Employers Adopt Flexible Working Time?

32 Pages Posted: 14 Dec 2014

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Robert C. Bird

University of Connecticut - School of Business

Date Written: December 13, 2014


Flexible working time, also known as flextime, is the incorporation of one or more of a variety of arrangements that modify the hours and location of work. Flextime has been associated with a variety of positive workplace outcomes, including talent retention, higher morale, and improved customer satisfaction. Yet few employers adopt robust flextime practices. This manuscript articulates a business case for flextime, while exploring some of the informational and attitudinal barriers that impede adoption of flextime practices. This manuscript also examines some of the consequences of poorly handled flextime initiatives and discusses emerging legal reforms in favor of flexible work.

Keywords: flextime, flexible working time, working hours

JEL Classification: J22, J29

Suggested Citation

Bird, Robert C., Why Don't More Employers Adopt Flexible Working Time? (December 13, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2537988 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2537988

Robert C. Bird (Contact Author)

University of Connecticut - School of Business ( email )

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