‘Flexibility stigma’ hampering work-life balance programs: Expert

Flexible work arrangements carry hidden — and overt — career penalties
By Liz Bernier
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 01/13/2014

In theory, it seems like a great option: Workplace flexibility policies create better work-life balance, allowing employees more control over their time.

But, in reality, flex options are not as widely used as one might expect.

“We thought that once these (flexibility programs) were introduced, there would be a flood of people wanting to adopt these kinds of schedules,” said Joan Williams, founding director of the Center for WorkLife Law at the University of California’s Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco.