Posted by: Providence Chamber of Commerce | February 6, 2012


Look closely at the demographic and economic changes that are transforming work and family, as well as effective business practices and practical public policy solutions to support workplace flexibility.  As technology improves our connectivity, there is a greater emphasis to redefine our workplace and productivity models. 

“Research has proven that the widespread adoption of workplace flexibility practices will be crucial to the continued strength of American families and businesses now and in the future,” said Kathleen Christensen, Program Director, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. “There is growing consensus that workplace flexibility – in its many forms – can improve lives, support business objectives and strengthen the economy.”

Why Workplace Flexibility and Why Now? To compete and succeed, and not just survive, organizations must adapt to the new realities in today’s global economy, as the traditional 9-5 workday is a thing of the past.  Simply put, workplaces need to be flexible to fit the way people live and the way organizations operate in the 21st century.  Creating more flexible work environments –such as job sharing, flexible scheduling, phased retirement, and telecommuting –that give people greater autonomy to decide how, where and when they do their best work, can drive employee engagement, productivity, retention, and benefit the bottom-line. Now, more than ever, bringing out the best in employees means creating an effective and flexible workplace; making workplace flexibility the “next” business imperative.   

On Wednesday, February 29th, we will explore the many options available to Rhode Island businesses. The keynote address will be presented by Lisa Horn, Senior Government Relations Advisor –Washington D.C.; Co-Leader, SHRM Workplace Flexibility Initiative; and on staff at the Society for Human Resource Management’s national corporate office. Also, a panel of experts –business leaders from organizations that have won the Sloan Award for Excellence in Effective and Flexible Workplaces — will share best practices and models for implementation. Our panelists represent:  Atrion Networking Group, Embolden, and KPMG, LLC. The Presenting Sponsors of this event are KPMG and 360 Corporate Benefit Advisors.

This program, offered as a partnership with the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce and Rhode Island State Council of the Society for Human Resource Management,  has been certified for one HRCI Strategic Credit. Pending additional HRCI credits may be awarded. Chamber members may use their Chamber Username and Password to register.  If you are not a Chamber member, please call Dolores Cabral at 401.621.6116. 

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