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    1. managers complicated decision when evaluating the personal requests

    Managers do expect employees to be productive motivated and fit which are the aspects thatenable them to carry out their jobs well. Trade unions expect managers to treat their workforcefairly and to give them a chance to adequately participate without compromising their generalwell being as well as their family commitments. Providing employees with a flexible workingschedule is one of the best ways that organizations can ensure that the staff members have awork-life balance.

    Though the provision of work-life balance according to the legislation requirements has beenseen to be of benefit to organizations, mangers experience challenges concerning the provisionof workplace flexibility. This is I the kind of dilemma that Janis Blancero the Marketing director ofAdobe Consulting Services (ACS), faces. Adobe company offers highly attractive benefitspackages that include the provision of friendly and family flexibility of work schedule for elderand child care assistance, adoption assistance, parental leave and counseling services.

    The company has however experienced a major backslash in its life or policy as more and moreemployees are requiting for reduced working hours as well as extensions of maternity leaves.The main reasons that Janis has been given by the employees include a time to care forchildren, undisguised personal reasons, accommodation of training schedules and extension offamily leaves. These special privileges that the employees are requesting for clearly pose achallenge to their productivity in the workplace and also failure to adequately meet with thecustomers demands. This therefore means that the organization is facing a hidden tensionconcerning the program dealing with the provision of flexible work hours. This arises due to theincreasing workload and the business growth of the company as well as the constant demandsfrom customers (World at work research 2009).

    Many managers like Janis are constantly in pressure to deliver the desired outcomes expected

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    by the organization and may face a much greater challenge concerning the demands posed bya wide range of flexible working arrangements that are available in the organization. They haveno problem with working flexibility requested by two to three employees but when theyincrease, how then will they be able to deny the rest?. One thing that mangers have tounderstand is the imperative of the business to flexibility. The provision of flexible workarrangements has many benefits such as in the retaining and attracting employees and givingthem an opportunity to be productive since they will feel committed, motivated happier andfocused to the job they do to enable them achieve work-life balance.

    Making decisions on whether or not to provide the requests from employees have mademanagers to show resistance because it implies that they have to manage more employeeswhich become more work to them. Further work schedule flexibility requested by employeesclass for additional requirements of equipments needed in the implementation of the desiredwork arrangement such as remote cases. Further, the work unit of an employee will beimpacted such as the employees supervisory activities and issues of coverage.

    The managers are also faced with conflicting requests from various areas which makeaccommodating their requests to be difficult. Another challenge that the managers faces is thedifficulty and complexity involved in effectively trucking the work time of the employees.Productivity is also likely to reduce due to the short duration of working hours or theunavailability of employees to carry out the tasks that they had been assigned. Such as forthose who extend their maternity leaves as for the case of Susan Woolf in Adobe ConsultingServices (ACS), case.

    Those preferring to work at home may result to; low productivity, increased distractions and itblurs the boundary between personal time and work time. Further, difficulty in decision makingconcerning the request made by employees for a much more flexible schedule adhering to theirrequests means a reduced time for one to one contact and this leads to lack of cohesion withina given unit. The managers cannot have a direct observation of the employees performanceand work. due to the need to work within the budgetary requirements allocated by the company,Adobe company may not be able to offset the direct costs needed for teleworking schedulessuch as through for communication, and furnishings. They all contribute to the complexdecision-making processes which managers have to consider in considering the personalrequest made by each individual employee.

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    2. the need for Adobe establish a policy for granting flexible work schedules

    Yes, it is important for Adobe to establish a policy dealing with the provision of flexible workschedules, flexible working arrangements include the ability of an employee to work from home,flexible hours, working part-time and the sharing of jobs. Employees at the time of recruitmentshould be informed on issues concern work-life balance that already exits and being used in theorganization.

    The mangers of Adobe company as well as the other members of staff should be aware of thesuccessful working practices that other organizations use. This gives the employees anopportunity to ask for specific provision and on alterative arrangements for working. The highlydiverse workface in modern day has shown a strong movement towards non-traditional hourssuch as part-time work, job sharing , telecommuting, and flexible time of work so as to meetboth the organizational and personal needs of the employees (Reilly, 2001).

    Another reason as to why Adobe should establish flexible work schedules is the nee to takeinto account the current legal trend s being applied in many organizations nationwide as wellas the practices conducted by the human resources concerning employee relations. Due to theidea that the laws of the states vary and have different legal requirements, it is important for themanagement team of Adobe to be fully familiar with these laws. The desired policy for adobefirm it to develop working hours required by the needs of the dependents who are the staffmembers, staffing requirements and the work load in the company. There is need for Adobe todevelop efficient human resource management (Mathis and Jackson 2010)

    Adobe company has to look into ways of developing positive relations with the trade unionsbased on agreed upon policies. This means that the companys managers can wall work withthe representatives of trade unions without any kind of conflict the provision of work life balanceto employees is one of the crucial areas that has seen many employers get into conflicts withthe trade unions. There is a great opportunity for Adobe managers to cooperatively work onissues concerning work-life balance on organized scheme and benefits that are beneficial toboth the employer and the employee.

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    The provision of flexible work is one of the best ways which the organization can offer its staffwith work-life balance. Being a steward of the union, enables adobe to be at a much betterposition compared to relying on the management in identifying the needs of employees andestablishing policies which are consisted to the Unions requirements. This means that the mainrole for the managers is to target fit for purpose policies on flexible working programs.Generally, the policies should focus on supporting the employees need to balance both theirwork and to maintain their careers while ensuring that they are fulfilling their homeresponsibilities, getting involved in the local community, pursing interest out side work andtaking care of their personal wellbeing (Ministry of business innovation and employment, 2012)

    3. If I was Blancero,

    If I was Blancero, I will first have to acknowledge that change doesnt take place instantly and Iwill have to consider seeking support and guidance from the other heads of different departsand the company leaders. This enable I to get the commitment of the senior management andthe human resources heads to consider ways in the introduction of good modes of workingand in creating new policies. The main aspect that I also have to consider is to create a workbalance or a program that is within the budgetary constraints. However I have to consider thatnot all working flexibility programs all suitable to all the kinds of work in the organization but to acertain degree. I will consider talking to the team members where by they can discuss thevarious forms of working that is most suitable to all (Venkataratnam 2004).

    Some employees such as Teresa Wheately as a valued employee of the company, theprovision of a flexible work program are justified since she is a single mother of two children ingrade school. However the duration for her being off on Fridays and shorter working hours isproblematic. I would consider is for her to be available on Fridays and she also has to comeearly at the normal hours of 8 am, but leaves early. Further I would offer her a supportive staff toassist her in account management. Also I would require all employees to give full details of theirreasons to deserve a more flexible schedule that they request.

    This should be in the form of a written letter clearly showing the reasons as to why theemployee deserves the working program. This is because some would misuse the flexible

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    working program by giving irrelevant excuses and end up being not of better econo