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When Work Works

CalSHRM, the California State Council for Human Resource Management is proud to serve as Community Partners in the When Work Works program, a national initiative led by the partnership of Families and Work Institute (FWI) and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). When Work Works is one of the foremost providers of resources, research and best practices on workplace effectiveness and flexibility in the nation.

CalSHRM joins a group of more than 27 community partners in cities and states across the country. With its rich network of local chapters throughout the state, CalSHRM’s HR professional members will engage community leaders in workplace flexibility efforts and educate employers about workplace flexibility practices, programs and policies.

 “Workplace flexibility practices contribute to both the business bottom line for employers and job satisfaction for employees in California,” said Debbie Horne, SPHR, CalSHRM Past State Director. “CalSHRM is pleased to be involved in this key business issue and serve as a When Work Works Community Partner.”

“CalSHRM is ideally suited to connect the human resources and employer communities in California,” said Lisa Horn, co-leader of SHRM’s workplace flexibility partnership with FWI. “CalSHRM will educate employers about flexibility practices that positively impact the workplace and recognize organizations for their innovative and effective efforts.”

What is Workflex?

Workflex, short for workforce flexibility, is a dynamic partnership between employers and employees that defines how, when and where work gets done in ways that work for everyone (including families, clients, coworkers, and communities). Workflex isn’t a particular program or policy but it is a process by which employers and employees collectively create work strategies to help employees simultaneously achieve personal and professional goals.

Special Topics for California include

  • Alternative Workweeks
  • Meals & Breaks
  • Leaves of Absence
  • Paid Time Off
  • Local Regulations
  • Telecommuting

Useful resource materials are provided below to assist employers in developing business strategies to maximize employee potential and bottom line strategies for “win-win” results in California. 

Keep pace with the competition for talent. Many SHRM members in California offer these flexible work options

  • Telecommuting ~ 59%
  • Flextime ~ 52%
  • Telecommuting, part-time  ~ 34%
  • Break Arrangements ~ 34%
  • Mealtime Flex ~ 28%
  • Compressed Workweek ~ 25%
  • Telecommuting, full-time ~ 22%
  • Shift Flexibility ~ 16%2

For more information, contact Linda F. Magyar, SPHR, CalSHRM’s When Work Works Initiative, at 916 329 4705 and

California Specific and general resources can be found under the “When Work Works Resources” links tab