Whatever one's affiliation, companies' shareholders will be best served all round if leaders are well informed about "Right to Request" flexible working policies and adopt them. Let's build upon the current progress and these announcements and continue to stride forward. O
In many ways the Summit, held on June 23rd, felt like a movement, a combination of a political pep rally and a church service with crowds of true believers jumping to their feet, calling out from the audience, and cheering.
Victor Hugo visited his barber daily; I haven't had a haircut in 15 months. Balzac consumed as many as 50 cups of coffee per day; I recently switched to iced green tea. Every day, Charles Darwin built in three walks and some idleness; I forgot to exercise this week.
Society, and culture, has changed around us and with us over the past few decades. It's evolution at work, or perhaps another revolution, as where we are now seems to be a high-tech iteration of somewhere we've been before.
It's popular today to talk up people as a company's best assets. It's true -- people are in fact the secrets that elevate good businesses to great ones. But talk alone isn't going to get you far. To truly benefit from those great hires, you've got to invest actual energy in them.
Discussions about using flexibility in order to make work "work" better for employees and employers can be difficult and that's why some people try to avoid them. But what if you were forced to sit down and talk?
Despite all the data showing positive impact, there is a lingering general perception among corporations that workplace flexibility is an employee perk that should be earned, and otherwise is not worth the effort.
As employers, it doesn't make a lot of sense to lose talent just because we aren't having conversations with employees about the best way to align work and family and making the often small adjustments that will keep them around.
Flextime was invented by, for and because of women. We are still the only gender that can have babies, and flexing our way back from maternity leave is one of the great solutions to help women stay in the workforce.
There's so much discussion around "what working moms want" these days. But let's face it folks, it's pretty simple -- they want to be able to work, to continue contributing with their education and experience, and still feel like they are able to be a good mom.