Want to foster more employee commitment? Try offering your employees flexible work arrangements. The 2002 National Study of the Changing Workforce revealed that flexible work arrangements and other supportive work-life policies and practices increased employees' job satisfaction, their commitment to their employer, and retention. It also produced more positive life outcomes as men and women experienced less friction between job and family life when supportive policies were available.

The study also revealed that one in five employed people in the United States work for themselves. Thirty percent are small-business owners who employ others. The remaining 70% are self-employed. It seems that this arrangement also produces some positive benefits. Small-business owners and the self-employed are more likely to say that their jobs require creativity and allow them to develop their skills.