Corporate Social Responsibility

Case Study: Flexible Work Environment

Giving employees control over where and when they work

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Globalization requires employees to adapt when and where they work, and our collaborative technology helps them do this while balancing family commitments and other personal responsibilities. At Cisco, we have fully embraced flexible work practices with transparent policies regarding telecommuting, remote, and flex-time work options.

The Issue: Global presence challenges work-life balance

With a global workforce, Cisco has employees working in every time zone around the world. The need for round-the-clock connection requires employees to adapt when and where they work, and can pose challenges for balancing work and personal commitments.

  • 75,000+ employees on six continents
  • Employees say workplace flexibility is one of their top priorities

The Solution: Use tech to redefine the traditional office

Collaboration technology and Internet connectivity are at the core of our business, and they enable us to offer flexible work practices, such as telecommuting, remote work, and flex-time. Our technology infrastructure gives employees the flexibility in how, when, and where they work.

Impact Multiplied

In annual surveys, employees repeatedly say workplace flexibility is one of the best things about working at Cisco. Thousands of workers in Connected Workplace environments all over the world report significantly higher levels of satisfaction, teamwork, and productivity. These benefits help us attract and retain top talent. Our flexible work practices also impact the environment by reducing the need for air and car travel.

  • Employee use of our collaborative technologies reduces travel, carbon emissions, and travel costs while increasing employee productivity and work-life balance
  • 91% of employees say their managers support their efforts to balance work and personal life


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