50 Best Workplaces for Flexibility

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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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Riot Games

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“I feel like I am able to blend my ‘home me’ and ‘work me’ by having flexible hours and by working from home 2 days a week. I have tremendous loyalty to this company for making it possible for me to give 100% as both a mom and Rioter and having the flexibility to be there for what’s important on both sides.”

“Play Fund: Allowing us to buy/expense $200 of games per year to get a sense for what our competitors are working on and getting an appreciation for other studios’ fine work. This is how we take play seriously.”

“Open PTO: We hire people who are responsible to take care of what needs to be taken care of—at work and at home. There are times when I will check email a few times on vacation—but that gives me peace of mind so I can get back to relaxing and recharging my batteries. This also allows me to not feel guilty when I take a few days off at other times and literally turn off my phone/email. It is all a balance and I feel like I am in a place that wants me to be at my best and that I know how best to make that happen. In all, I probably take about 3-4 weeks vacation, which seems right for me and my family,” says one employee. Read the Great Place to Work review here. Riot Games also appears at No. 39 on Fortune’s list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For.

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Industry Media
Sector Online Internet Services
Year founded 2006
HQ location Los Angeles, California
Type of organization Private
Total U.S. employees not released
Total employees worldwide not released
Number of work sites 3
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Offers telecommuting
% of employees who telecommute 100%
Offers flextime
% of employees who use flextime 100%
Offers job sharing
% of employees who use job sharing -
Offers compressed workweeks
% of employees who use compressed workweeks 1%
Offers phased retirement
% of employees who have used phased retirement -

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