Workplace Flexibility

  • Forward-looking employers know that thinking outside the proverbial box can be a key strategy for retaining talented workers, including those who have or may develop disabilities. Research shows that successful workplace flexibility strategies benefit both employer and employee and result in superior outcomes, including higher productivity among all employees.
  • Workplace flexibility typically involves changes to the time, location, or manner in which an employee works, such as modified schedules or telecommuting for employees who are new parents, need regular medical treatments, or have a mobility disability. It can also mean redefining an employee’s job description to accommodate limitations due to disability and capitalize on the person’s strengths.
  • Want more information?
    • Workplace Flexibility Among Small Employers, a downloadable report from the Families and Work Institute, contains data, strategies, and creative examples from small organizations around the country.
    • You may also want to visit the Workplace Flexibility Toolkit from the S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). It contains hundreds of case studies, tip sheets, issue briefs, articles, websites, and FAQs.