While workplace flexibility has been shown to benefit both workers and employers, many employees simply cannot request changes regarding when and where they work without fear of stigma. Employees who seek flexible work arrangements are more likely to receive lower job evaluations than those with more traditional work arrangements. And when low-income workers seek workplace flexibility, or place any kind of restrictions on their availability for work, they are likely to be given fewer total work hours.
Countries around the world have implemented flexible work laws with great success to address this problem. By requiring employers to consider alternative work arrangements through a deliberate and fair process, these laws have addressed unequal access to and ad-hoc administration of flexible work arrangements and expanded opportunity for employees to have more control over when and where their work is completed.