By Rose Stanley, originally posted at Huffington Post.

When workplace flexibility first came to be during the 1970s in the United States, it was mostly known as “flex time”: adjusting one’s start and end times to primarily accommodate working parents dropping children off and picking them up from school or daycare. Other forms of workplace flexibility were introduced in the early 1980s including compressed workweeks and telework (or telecommuting, if that resonates better).

Today, not only is there a wider variety of workplace flexibility arrangements (thanks to the ingenuity of many forward-thinking individuals), there’s also a growing movement to get the culture of the organization to become more flexible overall. When an organization embraces flexibility as part of its cultural norm, funny things begin happening.

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