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Companies on the 50 Best Workplaces for Flexibility list offer supportive programs and policies—and have created cultures where employees make great use of them because their leaders implicitly trust their people to do so.

Fortune asked Great Place to Work to determine the winners by examining their offerings and availability of telecommuting, flex-time, compressed work weeks, job sharing and phased retirement programs—and to recognize companies whose employees access these programs the most. Great Place to Work also surveyed more than 209,000 randomly-selected employees and asked them to describe their day-to-day work experiences. Employees rated their organizations on 21 different factors assessing companies' cultural support for flexibility and work-life balance. These factors take into account not only whether employees feel the work environment is flexible to them as individuals, but also whether sufficient communication, leadership and a level playing field are in place to ensure people who take advantage of this flexibility can be successful and contribute fully at work.

Two-thirds of each company's score is based on employees' survey scores and written comments, and one-third is based upon the presence and utilization of flexibility programs. Results from the survey are highly reliable, have a 95 percent confidence level, and a margin of error of 5 percent or less. These 50 companies were selected from a universe of nearly 600 Great Place to Work-certified organizations that are verified using Great Place to Work’s Trust Index, an anonymous 58-statement survey distributed at random to a statistically significant number of current employees. To see the schedule for all of our Best Workplaces lists and more information on how to apply, visit Great Place to Work’s website.

More than ever, the workplace is in a state of disruption. For our first-ever flexibility list, we looked for employers that have welcomed the rapid change to how we work by offering job sharing, telecommuting, compressed workweeks, flexible scheduling, and phased retirement options to employees. Great Place to Work surveyed more than 209,000 workers in the U.S to find out who’s getting it right. Here are 50 great employers that have embraced the future of work—by making employees happy and flexible.

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AcademicWorks

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“The greatest thing about my company is their approach to work/life balance. They make sure we are not over doing it but also make sure we work the best of our ability. The best example of this came 4 months when my wife had brain surgery. It was a tough time in my life and the company stood by me on anything and everything I needed (time off for doctor appointments, getting things ready for the surgery etc.) My wife was going to need a care taker after surgery and I wasn’t to sure how I was going to be able to handle going to work (45 min commute both ways) and making sure she was taken care of. I sat down with management and asked if I could work the entire month post surgery from home. This would allow me to be there as much as I could but also continue to do my job. Without a hesitation they said ‘yes.’ There was no discussion or review it was a simple ‘yes.’ I was blown away. It made me have a greater appreciation for the company and actually made me work harder that month for them. Knowing that they had my best interest in mind, my wife, made me want to do better for not just me but for them,” says one worker. Read the Great Place to Work review here.

Company Info

Industry Information Technology
Sector Software
Year founded 2010
HQ location Austin, Texas
Type of organization Private
Total U.S. employees 34
Total employees worldwide 34
Number of work sites 1
Web address https://www.academicworks.com

Flexibility Program

Offers telecommuting
% of employees who telecommute 10%
Offers flextime
% of employees who use flextime 30%
Offers job sharing
% of employees who use job sharing -
Offers compressed workweeks
% of employees who use compressed workweeks 20%
Offers phased retirement
% of employees who have used phased retirement -

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