Flexibility in the Time of COVID-19. By: Kim, Stacy S.; Galinsky, Ellen; and Pal, Ipshita. 2020. Families and Work Institute. https://www.familiesandwork.org/research/2020/one-kind-word

“Flattening the curve”—that’s a term that we may never have heard before
a few weeks ago, but now it’s profoundly affecting how we live and work.
As the national and state governments, employers, and citizens practice
“social distancing” (another term that may be new to us), we try to do what
we can to reduce the upward trajectory in the spread of the coronavirus,
COVID-19 and thus flatten the curve.

The changes to the way we work have been nothing less than seismic.
According to our nationally representative data, in 2016 only 5% of
employees worked at home. Today, the number has yet to be counted.
Employers who may have been hesitant to offer flexible scheduling options
have been suddenly required to or chosen to provide this flexibility. Even
those who have offered flexibility to their employees have never done so
on a wide-spread basis.

Our nationally representative study of US employees provides a unique
opportunity to provide all of us with evidence-based information on how
best to manage flexibility so that both employees and employers can
benefit in unusually challenging times.