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Monday, March 23, 2009

Working at Home Could Boost Layoff Risk, Some Fear

Workers who once had the flexibility to work from home are sticking to the office, worried that less “face time” could make them layoff targets, the Washington Post reports. To some women, the shift appears to be a step backward as pressure builds to “work as many hours as you possibly can. Don’t ever complain,” says the head of a networking group.

“The trend had been moving toward more flexibility. Now we’re going in the opposite direction,” says a lawyer. Laws meant to ensure work-life balance are going out the window as legislators realize they lack the cash to enforce them. While there’s little hard data on the issue, “I think anybody with a flexible arrangement feels like their job is on the line,” says one laid-off woman.

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