Is the flexibility to work from home something you see as part of this overall flexibility that employers should be working harder to offer?
Yes, technology allows that flexibility, workers need and want this flexibility.
And that’s certainly part of the picture.
COVID basically was a lab, right?
But we saw that the manager’s greatest fear that out of sight, out of mind, that workers would just not work if they are not in the office totally dissipated, productivity didn’t decline, it even increased during COVID in industries that continued working, of course.
And we need to keep that momentum, there is no reason not to.
But it started before.
Yeah, technology to swap shifts has been around.
It’s a win-win situation because flexibility also increases productivity.
When we think about increasing retention and increasing the management diversity, it says something about the numbers, but it also says something about the wellbeing.
Large portions of your workers that were under stress, that didn’t feel like they are achieving their full potential, that didn’t have hope maybe, are now doing much better, they’re happier, they have higher job satisfaction and they also perform better and they get promoted, they’re also more productive.
What did you find in your research about companies that have historically offered family leave?
What kind of difference did it make?
So what we found is that indeed companies that, not only put the leave on the books, because again, that’s the law, most companies have them on the books somewhere, but companies that actually communicate to workers their rights and the way to access their rights and companies that don’t stigmatize workers for taking leaves are those that see workers returning after the leave and again, being productive, being satisfied with their jobs and eventually being promoted to management.
It should be easy.
Because of the fear of managing flexible schedules, managing people that are not in the office, there is a lot of resistance.
Companies that let go of that resistance, that find solutions where top management actually trains managers in how to find a solution, what to do when someone from your team is going on a leave.