The Role of Flexibility in a Sustainable Business Culture

Blog by Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Company
Feb 1, 2011 9:21 AM ET

Taiga Company Blog by Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Compa…

Attracting, retaining, and motivating a sustainable workforce is a marriage of common interest.  The ability to align business needs and workforce desires can define the success of the company.  With greater evidence now indicating that life balance rivaling even compensation to be a primary employment benefit, business managers will once again be called upon to test the bounds of their dated business practices. 

Today, the characteristics that define the best in class business sustainability cultures can be summarized in two words: open and flexible.  Supported by the article, Flexing It: Not Just for Moms Anymore, 79% of employees want more flexibility.  Aligning this employee desire with business interests, companies are realizing additional value:
  • Cost savings: flexible work programs translate to a reduction in office space and administrative expenses.

  • Improved value as an employer: flexible work arrangements can help companies attract employees who might be unwilling to accept traditional employment arrangements.

  • Increased employee engagement: research shows that organizations with a high degree of flexibility experience employee engagement levels that are 79% higher than those of organizations with low levels.  Click here to continue reading.


Home to one third of the earth's trees, the Taiga is the largest land-based biosphere and encircles the globe. Its immense oxygen production literally changes the atmosphere and refreshes the planet. It is this continuous renewal that has shaped Taiga Company's vision to drive similar change in the business world. Taiga Company seeks to be the "oxygen for your business".