Flexible work linked to productivity, engagement: Surveys

But obstacles include traditionalist managers, performance management concerns
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 11/16/2015

Since the mid-1990s, the City of Calgary has offered several flexible work options to employees, including compressed work weeks and job sharing. And since 2008, the 15,000-employee organization has offered a formal telework program, according to Joy Reneker, human resources advisor in the wellness division.

“When we first started telework, it was mostly about work-life balance and environmental savings; now, it’s more about space savings and things like that... And certainly the business case around attraction and retention of employees, satisfaction and loyalty, that kind of thing, is a factor in our flexible work options — we want to be an attractive place for people to work and we want to provide the flexibility for people to manage their lives, basically, as well as contribute to the organizational goals.