Flexible small firms? Why some small firms facilitate the use of flexible workplace policies

  • Gordon C
  • McMullin J
  • Adams T
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This paper examines why some small firms offer Flexible Workplace Policies (FWPs) while others do not and what factors contribute to the offering and use of FWPs within small firms. A multiple case study is employed using multiple data sources on seventeen information technology (IT) small firms in Canada. Findings reveal three types of firms with regard to their flexibility, work- ing hours, and approaches to time. Among these firm types, discernible patterns emerged based on the owners’ past employment experiences and personal ap- proaches to work-life balance. Our results suggest that structured social relations experienced through past places of employment have lasting effects on small firm owners in their current firms.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Alternative work arrangements
  • Flexible workplace practices
  • Life course
  • Small firms
  • Work-life integration
  • Workplace cultures

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  • ISSN: 03186431


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