Live from #BFE13: Is Workplace Flexibility Overrated?
by meslater, published 09/24/2013
- It's limited. As the example above illustrates, there’s only so much flexibility an organization is willing to offer its employees.
- It's not fair. You're never going to make a flexibility program fair to everyone. You will always end up with haves and have-nots. There will always be people who are unhappy with what they have compared with their co-workers.
- It's career suicide. Even in companies that brag about the flexibility they offer employees, most workers know there’s a price to pay for accepting it. The classic idea that if you don't come in early and stay late you don't get a promotion remains strong in today’s workplace. In most workplaces you can either have flexibility or you can get promotions.
- “Boy those smokers get a lot of breaks!"
- "How did Bob get another promotion? He's never even here."
- “How many days are you going to take off this month, Mary?”