is a public service campaign initiated by
Rupert & Company to maximize the effectiveness of the Family
Friendly Workplace Ordinance and broader flexibility for employers
Rupert & Company’s principals have been championing workplace
flexibility since 1972. We used flexible schedules to staff a
Redwood City medical start-up in 1972 and several San Francisco
firms over the next decade.
In 1986, Paul Rupert joined the City’s
pioneering flexibility advocacy organization, New Ways to Work,
where he directed a national campaign encouraging flexible schedules
in major employers.
For the last two decades he has developed the leading flexibility
consultancy to US and US-based global companies. Rupert & Company
has built highly successful and enduring initiatives within its
clients based on several core principles:
► Demographic, work process and technology changes create
intensifying demand for flexibility
► Businesses embrace flexibility most widely when its seen as
voluntary and business-beneficial
► Fairness and consistency are greatest when impact – not reasons
for – flex determine decisions
► Collaboration between employee and manager built on a request form
build superior outcomes
In the last ten years, the UK, Australia and others have adopted
so-called mandatory flex request laws – the model on which San
Francisco based its ordinance.
We have worked in that period with
many global clients. In all cases our approach has met and exceeded
the goals of country mandates. Family member employees can make the
same business-beneficial or business-neutral proposal as all other
employees, and with high rates of approval.
Over the years, San Francisco and Silicon Valley, in particular,
have been proud strongholds of “informal” flexibility and reluctant
or resistant fans of formal approaches. (Yahoo! offered a clear
exclamation point in 2013.) In the interest of the city and its
families, San Francisco has met uncertain informality with the first
formal US right to request legislation.
Ask4Flex distills the experience of
hundreds of companies, thousands of managers and hundreds of
thousands of employees who have turned flex requests into mutual
The Manager and
Employee Guides cover the letter of FFWO
requirements and add the best practice spirit of companies with
successful flexibility initiatives.
We trust they will be helpful in
making 2014 a more flexible year, and that you will let us know how
we can improve the site to better serve your needs.
Rupert & Company