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The shortage of workers trained for jobs in the digital economy and sophisticated manufacturing is costly for companies and vexing for the unemployed.
Employers that don't embrace flexibility in hours and working from home will lose good workers to companies that do.
Generous time off encourages employee loyalty and, since so many workers don't use all their vacation time, costs the company little.
Working from home often solves the dilemma of balancing career and personal life while improving productivity and retention. That's what companies want, right?
Boosting pay and offering more attractive alternative benefits could help companies deal with ever-rising health insurance premiums.
Imagine a company where every weekend is three days and no one ever interrupts your work to discuss your progress.
These elements (mostly) don't cost an employer a dime but may do wonders in warming up the office climate.