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Balanced Workplace Flexibility: Avoiding the Traps

by Ellen Ernst Kossek, Rebecca J. Thompson, and Brenda A. Lautsch

Many employees are reporting increasing pressures in effectively managing both work and personal responsibilities, stating that work has started "interfering with life." This trend is the result of a variety of contributing factors, including growing elder care demands, greater competition within the labor market as more women begin working full time, and an increase in dual career and single parent families. To address these pressures, many companies have instituted workplace flexibility policies like telecommuting, leveraging the increased portability of work by allowing employees to work virtually anytime and anywhere. But managing workplace flexibility options can be difficult, and only savvy managers will avoid the traps.



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California Management Review: 57 (4)

Vol. 57 No. 4, Summer 2015
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California Management Review serves as a vehicle of communication between those who study management and those who practice it. Emphasizing three areas of critical importance to both practicing managers and academic researchers—strategy and organization, global competition and competitiveness, and business and public policy—CMR publishes articles that are both research-based and address issues of current concern to managers, from contemporary developments in the global economy, strategic planning, strategies for innovation, and technology management, to corporate culture, managing human resources, and business ethics.