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4. Two-way flexibility

Adapting to the era of connectivity

The essence

Flexible working hours in combination with constant connectivity can prove difficult to deal with in a constructive manner. It has traditionally been primarily beneficial for employers, as it most often led to employees working more than scheduled, but now people are expecting flexibility on their own terms.

“The most flexible companies will get the best talents, and companies will raid each other for talents. Flexibility will be a matter of negotiation, no one will accept a job that they don’t think is flexible enough.”
– Dave Gray, Management Consultant and Author


As long as the employer respects the boundaries between work life and private life; flexible working hours and freedom at work will have a positive impact on employee efficiency, goal-fulfillment and general health.


A flexible culture requires individual dialogues with employees, which can be more time consuming in the short term. In order for this type of flexibility to be successful, employees must be able to express their needs and set boundaries for themselves.


In a networked society, connectivity is the starting point for new ways of innovating, collaborating and socializing. Our studies imply that the behaviors of the next generation workforce, along with market developments, will dramatically transform working life.

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