Research Explainer: Changing Managers' Attitudes May Boost Flexibility

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Research Explainer: Changing Managers' Attitudes May Boost Flexibility
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1 Million for Work Flexibility

Formal flexible work arrangements are not the norm in American businesses, and it’s often up to individual managers to decide whether their employees should be able to shift their hours, work from home, or participate in other flex options.

Fortunately, even managers who have negative perceptions of flexible work arrangements (FWAs) can change their minds, with the right incentives and exposure.

That is one conclusion of the recent Community, Work & Family journal article “Manager attitudes concerning flexible work arrangements: fixed or changeable?“, written by Stephen Sweet, sociology professor at Ithaca College; Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes, director of the Sloan Center on Aging & Work at Boston College; and Jacquelyn Boone James, director of research at the Sloan Center.