NEW: Forum on Flexible Work Environment for Employers

Tuesday, February 14, 2012


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For many employees, the standard five 8-hour days comprising the workweek may not be conducive to their daily lives. In many cases, a more flexible workweek can make a positive change for workers and businesses, so that is why the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce and the Rhode Island State Council of the Society for Human Resource Management are hosting a forum for employers about creating a flexible work environment. 

Creative solutions during a recession

At the forum local employers will hear about the advantages and benefits of allowing for more freedom in working hours, such as lower turnover, higher productivity, and increased employee engagement. This is especially important during the economic recession, when employees may be under more financial and personal stress. 

“There is growing consensus that workplace flexibility, in its many forms, can improve lives, support business objectives and strengthen the economy,” said Laurie White, president of the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce. “This program is a great way for our members, and the larger business community, to understand how to utilize some important flexibility tools that will enable them to modernize workplaces to meet workforce and family demands.” 

Details and speakers

The event, entitled Workplace Flexibility: The Next Imperative for Business Success and HR Leadership, will feature an address by Lisa Horn, Senior Government Relations Advisor- Washington D.C.; Co-Leader, SHRM Workplace Flexibility Initiative; and on staff at the Society for Human Resource Management’s national corporate office.  

There will also be a panel of business leaders from groups that have won the Sloan Award for Excellence in Effective and Flexible Workplaces will talk about the best practices and models for implementing a flexible schedule.  

The event is taking place on Wednesday, February 29, from 8:00 to 10:30 AM at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Warwick. For more information or to register visit


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