Companies' needs, as much as workers', drive the trend to "flextime" and "flexplace." More than one-third of the respondents to an Inc. survey said flexible work initiatives have increased productivity.

In the past two years have you -- Percentage answering yes
Contracted out work previously performed in-house? 40.7%
Instituted flextime? 28.2
Begun to use leased employees for work previously performed by traditional employees? 17.9
Allowed employees to begin working from home and to telecommute? 16.8
Instituted job sharing? 15.0

Source: A survey of 280 managers of small businesses, 70% with sales of less than $20 million, conducted by Inc. and The Executive Committee, San Diego, March 1993.

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