Compensation & Benefits Issue Article.

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Flexible Work Arrangements Equal Loyalty

According to the article Flexible Work Arrangements Equal Loyalty, written by Nancy S. Ahlrichs, the nation's workforce of today is changing the way people work. If companies want to attract and/or retain qualified and top performers, it is becoming necessary to move away from a legion of full-time employees in the traditional 9-to-5, on-site jobs. Therefore, smart employers are starting to offer flextime, job sharing, and flexplace as part of the employees' compensation and benefit package.

Organizations are finding that by offering alternative work arrangements, the workforce morale is usually higher but it is also easier for organizations to attract high-quality workers that want rewarding careers without sacrificing their lifestyle. According to the above-mentioned article, when a job opening is created it is important to "consider offering exiting employees, ex-employees, and job applicants a nontraditional arrangement that meets company and candidate needs" (Ahlrichs, 2005).

This article goes on to say, that if an employer is faced with the dilemma of losing a valued employee because he or she "needs to return to school, take care of an elderly parent or child, or because of health problems," (Ahlrichs, 2005) the employer should take steps in changing the design of the job. Many employers of today are enabling employees to continue work by offering, flextime, part-time jobs, job sharing, and telecommuting. Companies in today's business world are discovering that if they offer alternative work programs to existing employees and applications, these programs are an excellent motivational tool. In addition, alternative work programs benefit not only to the employee but to the employer as well.

After reading and analyzing this article, the author of this paper came to conclusion that everyone can benefit from an alternative work arrangement. This is because employees who have been offered...