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    Links to Resources for Workflex and the When Work Works Initiative

    Workflex and Telework Guide

    Workflex and Telework Guide: Everyone’s Guide to Working Anywhere is your go-to resource to figure out HOW to do telework effectively, and make work work better for employers and employees.

    The Guide offers specific strategies and practical advice for human resources professionals, managers and employees, on everything from how to craft a telework policy to talking points for employees who want to ask for flexible work options.

    California Specific Resources:

    Use these resource materials below to assist you in developing business strategies to maximize employee potential and bottom line strategies for “win-win” results in California.

    Managing Workflex in California Toolkit (PDF)

    California Flex at a Glance brochure (PDF)

    The Effective Workplace (PDF)

    Employee Benefits in California: Flexible Work Arrangements

    The purpose of the Employee Benefits in California series is to identify the benefits California organizations provide to their employees and determine if they leverage these benefits for recruitment and retention. In this research, California data are compared with national data. The series consists of the following six parts: 1) wellness initiatives, 2) flexible work arrangements, 3) health care, 4) leveraging benefits to retain employees, 5) leveraging benefits to recruit employees, and 6) communicating benefits.

    Alternative Workweek Schedules in California

    California Labor Code §511 and most of the current Industrial Welfare Commission (IWC) Wage Orders provide for alternative workweek schedules. An alternative workweek schedule means any regularly scheduled workweek requiring an employee to work more than eight hours in a 24-hour period.

    Make the business case for workflex with these additional resource materials:

    Employers in the U.S.: Five Surprising Trends

    As the United States moves slowly out of the worst recession it has experienced since the Great Depression, how have employers responded?

    National Study of Employers

    The National Study of Employers is an ongoing study of employers with 50 or more employees conducted by Families and Work Institute (FWI) and released in partnership with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). It is the most comprehensive study being conducted today of employer programs, policies and practices for supporting employees’ work and personal lives.

    What is an Effective Workplace?

    Download this one-pager that explains the components of an effective workplace. hives treatment

    Effective workplaces recognize that employees are an organization’s greatest resource and make a critical difference in the organization’s ability to not merely survive, but to thrive. To be truly effective, a workplace—its design, practices and policies—must benefit both the organization and its employees.

    Flex and the Bottom Line

    The first step towards getting your flexibility and effective workplace initiative implemented is to make the business case. Download this infographic to help make your case and see what kind of success other organizations have experienced as a result of using workplace flexibility.

    Workflex: A Win-Win for Everyone

    This infographic from When Work Works focuses on the benefits of workplace flexibility outside of caregiving responsibilities. We look at the impact it can have on productivity, personal health and well-being, cost savings, etc. You can download a PDF of this infographic and distribute it to your employees or networks.

    National Dialogue on Workplace Flexibility

    Families and Work Institute has written a series of reports for the National Dialogue on Workplace Flexibility, the series of events to build on the message and momentum the White House Forum on Workplace Flexibility that took place in March, 2010. This series of events that have taken place in 2010 and 2011 have been organized and hosted by the More...

    National Study of the Changing Workforce

    Families and Work Institute’s National Study of the Changing Workforce (NSCW) is the only on-going study of its kind or scale, providing valuable, timely information on the work and personal/family lives of the U.S. workforce. Conducted approximately every five years, the NSCW provides 30-year trend data, from 1977 to 2008, of life on and off the job. The study is More...

    Additional resources are available on the SHRM Workplace Flexibility Resource Page at

    The California State Council of SHRM (CalSHRM) is the When Work Works Community Partner in the state. As a partner of the project, it helps educate, promote and celebrate effective workplace flexibility strategies.

    Information about the When Work Works Flexible Workplace Award is available at

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


    About When Work Works

    When Work Works is a national initiative, led by the partnership of the Families and Work Institute (FWI) and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), to help businesses of all sizes and types become more successful by transforming the way they view and adopt effective and flexible workplaces. When Work Works is one of the foremost providers of resources, rigorous research and best practices on workplace effectiveness and flexibility in the nation. The initiative administers the prestigious annual When Work Works Award, which recognizes exemplary employers for creating effective workplaces to increase business and employee success. Visit and follow us on Twitter @WhenWorkWorks @FWINews and @SHRMPress, and join the workflex conversation on


    About Families and Work Institute

    Families and Work Institute is a nonprofit center dedicated to providing research for living in today’s changing workplace, changing family and changing community. Since the Institute was founded in 1989, our work has tackled issues in three major areas: the workforce/workplace, youth and early childhood. Families and Work Institute’s research takes on emerging issues before they crest and includes some of the most comprehensive research on the U.S. workforce available. The Institute’s work has helped change the language of debates to move the discussion forward toward more effective, and data-driven solutions, and to result in action. For more information, visit, like us on and follow us on Twitter @FWINews.


    About the Society for Human Resource Management

    Founded in 1948, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world’s largest HR membership organization devoted to human resource management. Representing more than 275,000 members in over 160 countries, the Society is the leading provider of resources to serve the needs of HR professionals and advance the professional practice of human resource management. SHRM has more than 575 affiliated chapters within the United States and subsidiary offices in China, India and United Arab Emirates. Visit SHRM Online at and follow us on Twitter @SHRMPress.