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Are You a Best Company for Hourly Workers?

July 22, 2009 —In the overall debate on workplace flexibility, bills have been introduced ranging from letting employees substitute accruing comp time rather than overtime pay to permitting employees to request, and to ensure employers consider requests for, flexible work terms and conditions . One topic that is picking up traction in these debates surrounding workplace flexibility is how flexibility is applied to hourly employees and whether or not the benefits are the same as for salaried employees.

Back in May, Corporate Voices for Working Families, in conjunction with WFD Consulting, released a study about the benefits, to both employees and employers, of offering flexibility options to hourly employees. The study, "Innovative Workplace Flexibility Options for Hourly Workers", found:

  • For businesses, flexible schedules are an effective means of managing personnel costs, in particular overtime costs, which is a win-win for employees and employers;
  • More than 80 percent of employers and employees surveyed say flexibility is important to recruitment and retention; and
  • For positions in customer service and sales with typically high turnover, companies find that flexibility is a way to keep high-performing employees both in the short term and the long term. These companies use flexibility to respond to the changing needs of their workers at various stages of their lives and careers-going back to school, raising a family, or to retain mature workers.

Now, CVWF has partnered with Working Mother magazine to sponsor the "Best Companies For Hourly Workers Survey," which went live on July 17 (the application period ends October 16). The application measures both the availability and usage of programs that support hourly workers and, to be eligible to apply, companies must have at least 500 employees in the US and 50% of their US employee base must be nonexempt. If you do apply and don't make the list, you will receive feedback showing how you compared to all other applicants and, if you do make the list, you will be featured in the May 2010 issue of Working Mother magazine, and on workingmother.com.

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