There are all sorts of gaps these days—not the least of which are the gender pay gap, the gender education gap, and the generational talent gap we’ve already discussed. Now you can add a flexibility gap to the list.

In a study recently commissioned by Werk, we discovered a disconcerting disparity: 80% of companies say they offer some form of flexibility while only 19% of employees report actually being able to access it. If we can assume that that 80% of companies aren’t employing just 19% of the workforce, we can see there’s a problem. And the solution, believe it or not, is structure.

Our co-founders and co-CEOs Annie Dean and Anna Auerbach tackle this solution in our new blog post for Google re:Work, explaining why the Flexiverse™ is key to structuring flexibility and closing the gap between flexibility supply and demand.

In our study, we also surveyed the supply and demand of each specific type of flexibility within our Flexiverse™. As you might expect, none of those flexibility types was offered as much as it was desired.


And as you also might expect, flexible work makes for happier work. Research shows that employees with flexibility are better performers who are more loyal to their employers. Win-win? We’d say so. All that’s left to do is make flexibility available—and available in clear, structured terms—to everyone.

Read more about our new study on Google re:Work.