The term the “politics of time” has been used to describe how employees use their time at work and how employers interpret that use (Rapoport et al., 2002; Sirianni, 1988). Many employers continue to operate under the assumption that the best employee is the one who spends the most time at work. Time at work is equated with employee commitment and productivity. This makes it difficult to offer the single policy that seems to offer the most value to the greatest number of workers, flexible work arrangements. Research suggests that one of the most effective ways to create a family-supportive environment is to offer employees flexibility in the scheduling of work (e.g., flexible work hours, compressed work week; telecommuting) (Allen, 2001; Rodgers, 1993; Thomas & Ganster, 1995).” (Allen)

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