Table:...And Giving Back
Perhaps their own sacrifices make small-business owners more responsive to employees' personal needs. In a survey last fall by Wirthlin Worldwide, 58% of 400 business owners with sales of $1 million to $3 million said balancing work and family is a major part of their workplace culture. Just 28% of Fortune 1000 executives gave a similar response in a Wirthlin poll two years ago. Although they have fewer resources and less flexibility than their corporate brethren, a majority of small-business owners told Wirthlin they manage to offer employees flexible work rules and schedules. A solid minority, however, are more rigid. ALREADY WOULD NEVER 82% have business casual dressing 11% 47% allow job sharing 26% 49% use temps, part-timers, or consultants 31% 53% have compressed workweeks and flextime options 25% 26% let workers telecommute 46% Source: Key Corp./Wirthlin Worldwide
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