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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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W. L. Gore & Associates

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“We have always accepted informal flexible work schedules (working different hours to accommodate a doctor’s appointment, travel on weekend so take a few hours off on Friday, etc.) and in addition, we have had some associates work remotely when their roles are primarily office based. Recently, we have been very open to roles that do not need to be in a building, to work remotely whether just from home across town or from another state. This option has allowed us to retain more associates and hire some that were not interested in living near our facilities. It has opened doors for many that had family situations that would not allow them to work from locations where we have facilities and thus could not join Gore.”

“Another benefit that Gore rolled out was paternity leave. While it is only a few days, it was adopted by Gore due to associate feedback that this was necessary. Fathers can now take a few days off of work to assist when their little ones first come home now,” says one worker. Read the Great Place to Work review here. W.L. Gore & Associates also appears at No. 12 on Fortune’s list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For.

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Industry Manufacturing & Production
Sector -
Year founded 1958
HQ location Newark, Delaware
Type of organization Private
Total U.S. employees 6,579
Total employees worldwide 10,690
Number of work sites 38
Web address http://www.gore.com

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