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Design Groups

Setting Scope

Broadening Options

Mutual Respect Skills

Monitoring System

Collaborative Flexibility:  Broadening Options

Collaborative Flexibility envisions more ways of working for more kinds of employees than typical FWA menus. Narrow options – flextime, job sharing, part-time, telecommuting, remote work and (sometimes) compressed schedules – offered to Headquarters and exempt staff may reach only a fraction of the workforce. The pressure is building for more choices for more people – and informal collaboration among managers and employees on a range of options.

Collaborative Flexibility is based on the assumption that all flexibility is ultimately a negotiation between managers and employees to improve the quality of employee engagement and contribution. Clients can choose more options aimed at more work settings to provide guidance to both managers and employees. The forces pushing to expand flexibility include:
•  Millennials, growing explosively, attach great value to flexibility as self-scheduling
•  Customer-facing and hourly workers in the millions seek unique forms of flexibility
•  Telecommuters and remotes represent serious growth and enormous demand
•  Users of informal flex expand in scope and numbers
•  Older workers in increasing numbers seek to combine work with gradual retirement
•  Chronically Ill seek better ways to integrate long-term recovery and work

Some of the possibilities to be considered including these demographic groups and others are:
Offsite cluster

There are many ways to work offsite, including full-time (remote), part-time (telecommuting), occasional (informal). As these practices grow, it is important to define issues of agreements, support and equipment. The
collaborative skills required for success need to be strengthened.

Reduced schedules
Reducing schedules and sharing a job are frequently options which could benefit from greater clarification and support. A significant choice within the Co Flexibility framework is Phased or Partial Retirement for older workers. The considerable support required for this approach is part of the Co Flexibility offering.

Customer-facing and hourly
Rather than isolate the bulk of the workforce from the “approved” options, Collaborative Flexibility captures, codifies and supports a range of innovative options for this population. Proven options such as shift swapping and team self-scheduling can be included along with internally generated choices.

Our Mission

Rupert & Company enables Collaborative Flexibility. We fully integrate employee need for greater control of where, when and how work is done with employer need for greater contribution.

We enhance engagement, productivity, cost reduction and talent attraction and retention. We design the future of flexibility.

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