Balancing act: Survey shows work-life flexibility trend is 'almost perfectly ambivalent'

Published: Tuesday, May 27 2014 8:00 a.m. MDT

"I think the Yahoo and Best Buy stories shined a spotlight on the 20 percent of employers who employees said did actually decrease the amount of flexibility they offer, and they gave other organizations that aren't as confident in the way flexibility is being used permission to pause and say, 'Wait, is this the best we can do?’ ” Yost wrote.

"My hope is that we stop focusing on the minority that chose to throw the baby out with the bath water and instead start talking about what it takes to make flexibility really work."

Those "minority" voices did receive a disproportionate amount of attention this past year. However, this might end up being a net positive in the long run.

Even when a small minority of companies are eliminating flexibility for employees, they are getting people talking and thinking about the importance of work-life balance. Based on most of the reactions to the incidents of the past year, I think it is safe to say that the idea of offering flexibility is no longer considered strange. Instead, these companies' plans to cut flexibility were seen as odd, and that's a good sign.

I'll share more of the survey results and my email interview with Yost in next week's column. In the meantime, if you have any ideas about what I've shared so far, please leave a comment online or send me an email. I'd like to hear your thoughts on these issues.

Email your comments to kratzbalancingact@gmail.com or post them online at deseretnews.com. Follow me on Twitter at gkratzbalancing or on Facebook on my journalist page.

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