Informal Flexibility, Definition(s) of

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"When measuring formal flexibility policies, researchers should also seek informal ones. The culture of the workplace can determine whether work-family benefits are available and to whom; in some cases, using policies is discouraged or has negative career effects (Bailyn, 1993, Williams, 2000). Alternatively, supervisors can permit more flexibility than is formally allowed, encouraging employees to take time off unofficially, so that flexibility becomes invisible to higher-level managers (Eaton, 1999). This construct can be termed "informal flexibility."" (Schutte and Eaton)

Glossary Source: 

Schutte, K.J. & Eaton, S.C. (2004). Perceived usability of work/family policies, a Sloan Work and Family Encyclopedia entry. Retrieved May 10, 2007, from the Sloan Work and Family Research Network website: http://wfnetwork.bc.edu/encyclopedia_entry.php?id=248&area=academics.