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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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Edward Jones

Financial advisory firm Edward Jones is ranked No. 2 on the list of the 30 Best Workplaces to Retire From.
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“This job has the most flexibility of any job I have ever had. I started with this company part-time, as an on-call, filling in when a full-time associate was out sick or on vacation. I was allowed to set perimeters on distance I would travel to for work, availability, etc. The on-call position was perfect for me as a mom of small children who only wanted to work part-time. The pay, the hours, and the environment were better than most part-time offerings available to me. As a full-time employee for nearly 5 years now, the pay is better, the hours are great, and I work in a happy, productive environment. Over the past year, I’ve earned bonuses based on productivity, I’ve received a promotion, and I’ve been offered limited partnership in the firm. I hope to continue to grow in my position and work with this firm until I retire,” says one employee. Read the Great Place to Work review here. Edward Jones also appears at No. 10 on Fortune’s list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For. Also read: Why Millennials Love Working at Edward Jones.

Company Info

Industry Financial Services & Insurance
Sector Investments
Year founded 1922
HQ location St. Louis, Missouri
Type of organization Private, Partnership
Total U.S. employees 38,693
Total employees worldwide 40,706
Number of work sites -
Web address https://www.edwardjones.com

Flexibility Program

Offers telecommuting
% of employees who telecommute 20%
Offers flextime
% of employees who use flextime -
Offers job sharing
% of employees who use job sharing -
Offers compressed workweeks
% of employees who use compressed workweeks -
Offers phased retirement
% of employees who have used phased retirement 2%

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