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‘Flex Time’ Yields Bankable Hours for Employers

October 31, 2007

Jericho, NY – Corporate employers and labor activists are meeting this week to give a boost to flex-time, allowing workers to trade "face time" in the office for working harder on goal-oriented tasks. Linda Lisi-Juergens with the National Association of Mothers' Centers says it could even be a key to making the United States more competitive in the international labor economy.

"Just because someone is physically in your office does not guarantee productivity. Flexibility is a management tool. It is a way to reach our goals and address the needs of the employees in that process."

Flex-time is a natural arrangement for working mothers balancing their commitments to job and family, but it also appeals to younger workers and others who are dismayed by the usual nine-to-five routine. Lisi-Juergens says flex-time is especially attractive to new workers from the "X and Y Generations."

"Younger workers are saying, 'We want to have a dual focus in our lives – our life outside of work and our work life. We are not willing to jump through those hoops and work so many hours of overtime and not have any time for our life outside of work'."

According to the U.S. Labor Department, more than 30 million Americans are already on flex-time schedules, with staggered start and finish times during the traditional workdays. The arrangement is credited with reducing employee absences and cutting overtime costs. The National Association of Mothers' Centers is sponsoring a symposium on the issue this Friday in Jericho, Long Island.

Robert Knight/Chris Thomas, Public News Service - NY