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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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Robert W. Baird

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“I think Baird does a great job when it comes to balance of home and work life. Employees have the flexibility when it comes to attending a child’s school event, leaving early for a doctor’s appointment, etc. In turn, employees don’t take advantage of that or let it effect their work. There is a team atmosphere; everyone is cross-trained and can step in and help out when needed so financial advisors never feel like they have to wait to get something done. When you go on vacation, others fill in, so you don’t come back from vacation or time off [feeling] overwhelmed,” says one worker. Read the Great Place to Work review here. Robert W. Baird also appears at No. 6 on Fortune’s list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For.

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Industry Financial Services & Insurance
Sector -
Year founded 1919
HQ location Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Type of organization Private
Total U.S. employees 3,058
Total employees worldwide 3,167
Number of work sites 122
Web address http://www.rwbaird.com

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