A press releases landed in my inbox that makes this declaration: 2007 will be the year of the flexible workplace. This is the prediction made by SelectMinds, a Corporate Social Networking company. Anne Berkowitch, CEO of SelectMinds, says, “The mid-career professional with a growing family, the pre-retiree juggling caregiving responsibilities and the retiree looking for a partial paycheck all have one thing in common: a strong desire to work when, how and where they want. Over the next few years, companies of all sizes will face a strong talent squeeze. Flexibility is the ‘X-Factor’ that CEOs will need to succeed in this environment.” To learn more about SelectMinds predictions, www.selectminds.com
I think companies have made progress in understanding the desire for flexibility, but I wonder how many employers really are committed to making changes. I'm skeptical that 2007 will be the year of the flexible workplace. I hope to be proved wrong!