Take­away strate­gies

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Ways to in­crease per­ceived flex­i­bil­ity:

Pro­vide em­ploy­ees with a greater sense of con­trol over their hours of work and their work sched­ule; Give em­ploy­ees paid time off to at­tend rel­e­vant train­ing ses­sions, course and con­fer­ences; Em­ploy­ers need to give em­ploy­ees the op­por­tu­nity to take a fixed num­ber of paid days off work per year (Ms. Duxbury and Mr. Hig­gins sug­gest five) to care for sick chil­dren or elderly de­pen­dents; Or­ga­ni­za­tions need to in­tro­duce new per­for­mance mea­sures that fo­cus on ob­jec­tives, re­sults and output. In other words, move away from a fo­cus on hours to a fo­cus on output.

Ways for man­agers to be­come more sup­port­ive:

Make work ex­pec­ta­tions clear; Lis­ten to em­ploy­ees; Plan the work that needs to be done; Give em­ploy­ees recog­ni­tion when they do their job well; Make your­self avail­able to an­swer em­ployee ques­tions; Ask for an em­ployee’s in­put be­fore mak­ing de­ci­sions that af­fect their work.

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