Offering More Job Autonomy to Working Mothers Can Improve Their Retention
A study finds that working mothers who are given more control and flexibility over their schedules are more liable to stay on the job.

Telecommuting Employees Are More Satisfied
A University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee study finds that workers who telecommute the majority of the workweek are more satisfied with their jobs.

Record Number of Employees Waste Time at Work
A Salary.com survey finds that most work time wasters surf the Internet, are at higher job levels and do it because they’re dissatisfied with their jobs.

Work-Life Balance a Key to Job Acceptance
A Hudson survey finds that nearly a third of U.S. workers consider work-life balance, along with flexibility, to be the most important factor in considering job offers.

Four Out of Five Workers More Likely to Stay at Firm with Low Stress and Good Work/Life Balance
A study finds work/life balance in the “top 5” lists for both employers and employees of views the latter will stay at or leave a job.

“Mobile Snacking” and Work/Life Balance
A study finds that 60 percent of tech-savvy consumers believe that communication technology is key to balancing personal and professional commitments.

Middle Managers: A Key Link to Successful Work-Life Initiatives
A study in the WorldatWork Journal finds that middle-management behaviors are an important element in creating effective work environments.

Stress, Depression, Fatigue Propel Caregivers Into Downward Health Spiral
According to a study by Evercare, the stress and worry of caregiving lead millions of caregivers to neglect their own physical and mental health.

Nearly 75 Percent of Vacationers Check in with Their Workplaces
A survey by workplace website Vault.com finds that a majority of vacation-takers check in with either their office or colleagues. See other results of the site’s first annual Vacation survey.

Getting Punched: The Job and Family Clock
A report by the Center for Law and Social Policy argues that flexible work hours are a necessity for workers of all income levels.

The State Of The Store Manager 2006
A study by Forrester Research and Integrated Solutions for Retailers shows that the majority of retailers have more work then ever before.

Study Exposes Flexibility Myths
Research by The Work Foundation exposes as a myth the conviction that low levels of employment regulation and weak trade unions are the cause of Britain’s good record at creating jobs and keeping unemployment down.

Flexible Work Options and Older Workers
According to this 2005 Sloan Center for Flexible Work Options and Older Workers issue brief, creating a flexible workplace can aid in retaining senior employees.

Overwork in America
According to this study by the Families and Work Institute, 44 percent of U.S. employees felt overworked often or very often, according to at least one of three measurements.

AMA 2005 Survey on Lifestyle Trade-offs and Careers
According to this survey by the American Management Association (AMA), the majority of employees are unwilling to relocate or work night shifts, regardless of pay.

The Rise in Family Work Hours Leads Many Americans to Struggle to Balance Work and Family
According to research by the Economic Policy Institute, the amount of hours worked by families rose 11 percent between 1975 and 2002.

Caregiving in the U.S.
According to this study by the National Alliance for Caregiving and the AARP, there are 44.4 million people providing unpaid care to an adult age 18 or older in the United States.

AMA 2004 Summer Vacation Plans Survey
According to this study by the American Management Association (AMA), U.S. employees intend to take more time off this summer than last year.

Increasing the Visibility of the Invisible Workforce
According to this study by the Boston College Center for Work & Family’s Carroll School of Management, programs that address the well being and development of hourly and low-wage workers have a positive impact on the bottom line.

Leaders in a Global Economy: A Study of Executive Women and Men
This three-year collaborative study finds that a significant minority of company executives have a “dual-centric” outlook, placing equal importance on both their work and personal/family lives. These results challenge the common belief that business leaders must prioritize work at the expense of personal and family interests in order to succeed.

2002 CCH Unscheduled Absence Survey
The 12th annual “CCH Unscheduled Absence Survey” found that the average per-employee cost of absenteeism rose to an all-time high of $789 in 2002.

The Little Engine That Hasn’t: The Poor Performance of Employer Tax Credits for Child Care
The National Women’s Law Center reports in “The Little Engine that Hasn’t” that employer tax credits for child care, popular among policy makers, are rarely utilized and do little to promote employer-sponsored child care programs.

Integrating Work and Family Life: A Holistic Approach
This comprehensive report focuses on the shifts in the American workforce over the past 20 years and how these shifts have put new and growing pressures on families, employees and employers.

Coping With National Crisis: The Employer’s Family Support Toolkit
This report addresses not only how employers can help employees cope with a national crisis but also how they can help workers deal with various forms of stress.

Diversity Through Investment
This “best practices” study by the Women in Cable & Telecommunications Foundation found that companies with major investments in work/life programs have higher retention, lower turnover, and are able to attract a more diverse workforce.

Flexible Work Arrangements, A Special Report from Royal Financial Group
This Canadian Work/Family Directions study found that flexible work arrangements had a positive impact on both employees and the workplace.

Telecommuting: D.C. Telework Demonstration Project Shows Benefits of Telecommuting
This report covers a year-long study by the D.C. Council of Governments and involves eight companies ranging in size from 75 to 9,700 employees. The report concludes that these companies telecommuting programs increased retention and productivity.

Boundaryless Work Arrangements at Ceridian Employer Services
Carl Keil, president of Ceridian Employer Services, explains how to create flexible work arrangements in this Employment Relations Today article.

Making Work Flexible: Policy and Practice
This study by Catalyst reports that companies increasingly find flexibility improves the bottom line.

A New Approach to Flexibility: Managing the Work/Time Equation
This Catalyst study examines flexible/part-time work arrangements at four companies.

Two Careers, One Marriage: Making It In The Workplace
According to this Catalyst study, dual-career households struggle with time.

Childcare Subsidy Pares NationsBank Teller Turnover by 32 Percent
This case study describes the concrete financial benefits gained by NationsBank from its childcare subsidy program.