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When Work Works: Rules of Engagement for a Flexible Work Environment - Finding Common Ground

by Cathy Healy

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When Work Works

Workplace flexibility once thought of as an unconventional perk solely for top-performing employees in large companies is finding new life. Managers across diverse industries are discovering the business benefits of implementing flexible work practices. In fact, one type of workplace flexibility-working from home through telecommuting-is growing in popularity.

A recent Wall Street Journal article points to research conducted by Gartner Inc., a technology research firm which maintains that "more than 23% of the country's workforce worked at least one day a month at home in 2005, up from 12% in 2000. Gartner predicts that this figure will grow to more than 100 million workers by 2008."