Creating a More Flexible Workplace (Free Resources)


From office jobs to the factory floor, a more flexible work environment is something every employer should be focused on if they want to attract and retain the best employees.

Families and Work Institute and the Society for Human Resource Management provide a host of free resources to help you create culture change and make your workplace the most effective and flexible it can be.

If you want to improve your business, develop your workforce and transform your brand, these tools can help you think differently.

Worflex Assessment 


See how your workplace flexibility policies compare to others in your industry across the U.S. today!

The Workflex Assessment—based on the prestigious When Work Works Award—is a free online questionnaire that will let you know how you stack up. It takes about 15 minutes to do, and you get your score immediately upon completion.

Workflex and Manufacturing Guide

Workflex and Manufacturing Guide: More Than a Dream is your go-to resource to answer this question.

Yes, work-life fit and flexible work is possible in manufacturing settings, and this guide will show you how. It includes real examples straight from factory floors, providing insights on how to make workflex a reality.

Remote work and individualized scheduling are not generally possible in manufacturing (especially for those organizations that use assembly lines). That’s why this Guide explores an array of options and flexible shift arrangements that make sense for production jobs—everything from shift swapping to alternative shift arrangements to giving employees input into break arrangements.

Employee Toolkit

employeesEmployees can now take the promise of flexibility at work into their own hands. This Employee Toolkit offers workers a blueprint for making workflex a reality in their careers, and it provides a realistic perspective on what workflex options are possible for the companies that employ them. It features real-world advice and guidance from workplace experts including self-assessment tools; direction on how to ask for workflex; and how-to’s on making it work once implemented. It’s a valuable workflex resource for every worker and manager striving for flexibility at work.

When Work Works Award


If you have an effective and flexible workplace, get in the game.

Let everyone know! Apply for the When Work Works Award.


  1. You have 10 or more employees working from or reporting to the worksite.
  2. Your U.S. worksite has been in business for at least one year.
  3. You apply online between August 17 – November 6, 2015.
  4. You submit one application per worksite.
  5. You email if you have questions.


Winners receive…

  • recognition as a top employer by Families and Work Institute (FWI) and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM);
  • a free profile showing your best practices and programs in the When Work Works searchable tool used by journalists, employers and job candidates;
  • a competitive edge in your local market for top talent;
  • opportunities to be featured in major and local news media and FWI and SHRM programs and studies as a subject-matter expert; and
  • a free benchmarking report of your workplace practices and employee feedback compared with national data and winners.


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