Flexible workplace: Employers increase flexible workplace options – baltimoresun.com

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Employers increase flexible workplace options
Companies increasingly respond to worker demands

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Harris-Kupfer Architects is an architectural firm in Baltimore that offers several workplace flexibility options. It was founded by a married couple, Leslie Harris and Ken Kupfer, who are shown with their children Ari, 81/2, and Adrienne, 6. Having a family, they understand the need for flexibility at the workplace and tried to incorporate work/life balance into their business. They have a lounge area that is often used by employees’ kids when school is closed or there is a snow day. (Baltimore Sun photo by Gene Sweeney Jr. / January 24, 2011)

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By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun
12:39 p.m. EST, January 29, 2011

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Employees at Carefirst BlueCross BlueShield, the region’s largest insurer, can work from home several days a week.

Hunt Valley-based McCormick & Co. lets some full-time spice plant employees work four-day weeks.

And in the “flexible workplace” of Harris-Kupfer Architects in Baltimore, employees’ kids can tag along to the office, where they curl up on the lounge couch to play video games on snow days.


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However they define it, more companies in Maryland and beyond have adopted flexible workplace policies. An idea that had received little more than lip service for years has gotten a boost recently not only from employers but from the federal government.

President Barack Obama endorsed more liberal workplace policies last year during a White House forum