OpenWork is a new nonprofit inspiring companies to continuously improve how, when, and where work is done for the mutual benefit of employees and employers.

  • Can small changes yield big results? At Format, hiring remote staff benefits customer service and recruitment. Read more here.

  • OpenWork Conversation with Sara Sutton Fell “How can a traditional company move towards flexibility?” Read the answer here.

  • Can small changes yield big results? What happened when three firms asked,
    “What if … ?”
    Read more here.

  • If you could walk into work tomorrow and make one change that made your workplace better, what would it be? Your answer is the first step in making your work place an OpenWork place.

OpenWork happens when employees and employers collaborate to reinvent how work is done, for the benefit of all. To OpenWork means to break out of old patterns, establish new cultures of trust and accountability and create new ways of working to reap huge benefits.

At OpenWork.org, we share stories of organizations that inspire us by shattering the poverty of imagination that limits business productivity and societal well-being. By sharing stories about workplace culture, employee engagement, job flexibility, work-life balance and more, we can accelerate the pace of change in the way people can and should work in the 21st century.

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REASONS TO OPENWORK

  • 1 BOOST PRODUCTIVITY

    93 percent of HR professionals say the productivity of employees who use flexibility is the same or better than those on rigid job schedules.

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  • 2 INCREASE JOB SATISFACTION

    Trust in one's supervisor plays a crucial role in reducing transaction costs, increasing job satisfaction, and raising organizational commitment. 88 percent of employees in highly effective workplaces have high job satisfaction.

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  • 3 INCREASE EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT

    Employee engagement is 55 percent higher for those who use flexibility options.

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  • 4 IMPROVE HEALTH & WELL-BEING

    Stress is two times greater for employees who do not have flexible work options than for those who do.

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  • 5 INCREASE EMPLOYEE RETENTION

    Over 80 percent of employees reported that work flexibility is an important factor in their intention to stay with their company.

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  • 6 REDUCE TURNOVER

    The expected turnover rate for employees who do not have the flexibility they need at their companies is almost twice the rate of those who do.

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  • 7 IMPROVE QUALITY OF LIFE

    85 percent of flex users reported a positive influence on quality of life including their ability to meet family and personal responsibilities.

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  • 8 LEVERAGE EMPLOYEE TRUST

    Business experts observe that building high levels of employee trust within organizations is a means of engaging employees, generating growth and improving performance.

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  • 9 INCREASE COST SAVINGS

    Some business leaders estimate that a flexible work environment can save companies between $10,000 to $20,000 per employee per year by lowering real estate, turnover and absenteeism costs and increasing employee productivity.

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  • 10 DRIVE TRUST & ENGAGEMENT

    Trust is essential to both workplace engagement and life satisfaction. 90 percent of highly engaged workers trust their managers.

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Format

Format

Online portfolio site Format hired their latest employee when she was in the midst of a yearlong, round-the-world trip. Here’s why management thought that was an outstanding idea.

 

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PlastiCert

PlastiCert

Minnesota manufacturing firm PlastiCert thinks outside the box to prove flexible workplaces aren’t only for professional firms.

 

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Netflix

Netflix

While Netflix’s trailblazing unlimited family leave policy was celebrated in the press, its path to implementation has required flexibility and the willingness to listen to criticism.

 

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Zingerman’s

Zingerman’s

In Ann Arbor, Michigan, complete transparency and employee empowerment have turned a small corner deli into a $60-million collection of community-driven businesses.

 

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Spotify

Spotify

Music streaming service Spotify bridges the gap between parental leave and the return to work with a rare benefit — a structured Welcome Back program for parents.

 

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Etsy

Etsy

Maker platform Etsy takes a handcrafted approach to cultivating employee engagement and a creative workplace culture.

 

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Clif Bar

Clif Bar

California food and drink company Clif Bar drives employee loyalty by cultivating “happy, healthy people” with programs like its paid sabbatical leave.

 

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Buffer

Buffer

While many companies struggle with managing a remote team, Buffer has created a company culture and recruitment process that keeps their fully-distributed workforce engaged and connected.

 

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Vynamic

Vynamic

A Philadelphia healthcare industry management consulting company demonstrates how small changes in corporate culture can add up to large-scale success.

 

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TrueWealth

TrueWealth

How TrueWealth, a firm named No. 1 for women, became a great place for everyone.

 

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Adobe

Adobe

In 2011, software company Adobe  realized that in order to transform its business, certain things needed to change. Annual performance reviews were at the top of the list. 

 

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State Street

State Street

For State Street, a global company at the heart of the financial services industry, flexible work policies have been a way of life for years.

 

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READY TO START OPENWORKING?

The first step to becoming an OpenWork company is to learn from and be inspired by others.

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    Learn how organizations are capitalizing on the shifting realities brought about by new technologies and changing demographics.

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    Understand how managers and employees coming together collectively as a team to rethink the way work gets done for the benefit of all.

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    Meet pioneering people and companies fueling workplace innovation by embracing the core principles of OpenWork — trust, accountability and flexibility.

We are always seeking new stories of OpenWork to share. We constantly reach out to organizations and individuals on the forefront of creating innovative work environments that breed employee satisfaction and loyalty, as well as unmatched productivity and business success. Our vision is to tell compelling stories that will both inspire and accelerate the OpenWork movement, and we want to hear from you.

Are you reinventing how work gets done? Do you have a success story to share about workplace flexibility, employee health and well-being or outstanding company culture that's driven success and engagement? Tell us more at [email protected]

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