Purpose – This paper aims to review the latest management development across the globe and pinpoint practical implications from cutting‐edge research and case studies. Design/methodology/approach – This briefing is prepared by an independent writer who adds their own impartial comments and places the articles in context. Findings – The paper finds that not only can the strategic introduction of flexible working in the organization lead to improved business performance, but it can also empower the HR function. As new flexible working patterns and contractual arrangements are emerging, evidence shows that benefits include increased productivity, lower employee turnover and lower absenteeism. The case of a UK public sector unit illustrates the benefits of an efficient flexible working plan. The key stages of planning and implementation are also listed. Practical implications – The paper provides strategic insights and practical thinking that have influenced some of the world's leading organizations. Originality/value – The briefing saves busy executives and researchers hours of reading time by selecting only the very best, most pertinent information and presenting it in a condensed and easy‐to‐digest format.
Strategic Direction – Emerald Publishing
Published: Jun 20, 2008
Keywords: Flexible working hours; Benefits; Change management; Corporate strategy