Flexible work arrangements on the rise

More employers offering flexible work arrangements to better meet employees needs while still meeting business needs.

When Monique Dunlap, a human resources consultant for the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, worked part-time from home for two years after her maternity leave, she didn't care much for the negative attitudes some people had about telecommuters.

“I kept myself very on track, so I didn't like hearing, ‘Oh, I guess your laundry is always done,'” says Ms. Dunlap, who telecommuted because of an office space crunch. “I felt like I had to prove that I wasn't grocery shopping or doing nothing instead of working.”

Typically, most of Canada's Top 100 Employers offer a range of alternative work arrangements, including flexible hours, telecommuting, job sharing, shortened workweek options and reduced summer hours. While some prefer a traditional workday with set start and end times – Ms. Dunlap felt like she was never off the clock working at home – Employees are increasingly embracing more flexible arrangements as a better way of balancing work with their personal lives.