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The Custom-Fit Workplace

We are standing on the brink of a workplace transformation, and Joan Blades and Nanette Fondas have designed the essential roadmap to navigate us through these changing times.

The Custom-Fit Workplace: Choose When, Where, and How to Work and Boost Your Bottom Line (Wiley, August 2010, 978-0-470-63353-3, $25.95) is the perfect, quintessential handbook for transforming the way we work in the 21st century. Offering proven best strategies for an alternative to the rigid 40-hour work schedule, Blades and Fondas encourage new, flexible ways of working that help employees successfully blend their work responsibilities with their life obligations and convince managers to embrace these proven, effective strategies.

It’s time for a change in businesses throughout the world: men and women need time to care for their children or aging parents.  Many are having a difficult time returning to their jobs if they take time off; dual earning households are increasing in numbers; our 24/7 work culture is placing an unnecessary stress on working professionals; and individuals at all levels in an organization are struggling to sustain a sense of equilibrium between their work and personal lives while making ends meet.

Considering the many businesses that have been hit hard by the economic downturn, it has never been more urgent to ally our work and home life to prevent an unwanted, unnecessary collision between the two. Businesses are seeking new, creative ways to preserve their talent rather than laying-off people and The Custom-Fit Workplace gives the best strategies and practices for creating nimble, productive, competitive organizations that satisfy everyone involved.

Highlighting compelling stories of companies like Jet Blue, Ernst & Young, Best Buy, Deliotte & Touche and the University of California, the book introduces successful strategies that have been spreading across workplaces throughout the country, such as:

  • New twists on traditional flexible hours and part-time work strategies
  • Virtual work from home and staffing entirely at-home workers
  • Results-Only Work Environments (ROWEs)
  • Babies at Work programs
  • “On ramp” and “Off ramp” opportunities

After reading The Custom-Fit Workplace, people will adopt new, efficient ways to integrate their work and home responsibilities, while managers will be persuaded to implement these flexible work tactics to improve their bottom line by tapping into the power of their key asset: their people. This useful, appealing, research-based book will present individuals and employers universally the tools they need to be pleased and thriving both at work and in their other life quests.