This week, Mom Corps CEO Allison O’Kelly was featured in, “7 Ways to Motivate
Employees with Workplace Flexibility,” a post on Cali Yost’s “Flex and the C-Suite” Fast Company blog. Flex and the C-Suite is a column series that, “periodically showcases leaders who have made flexibility at work a key strategy for achieving smarter and better business results. In other words, they get it.”
Yost gets it, too. If you want to know what’s going happening in the national dialogue on flexible work strategies where as a company you can increase profits and growth, and as a professional you can optimize work+life fit, follow what she has to say.
The movement toward alternative work options, whether that be through flexible schedules, working remotely, job sharing or any number of options, is becoming a business strategy that is growing in significance.
Business leaders don’t yet understand the significance of workplace flexibility. While we are initially hired to fill permanent, contract or part-time positions, we often consult with companies on how to utilize a flexible workforce to address their business objectives and build loyal, productive and cost efficient teams.
This excerpt addresses some of that:
Organizations that employ a healthy and robust work/life flexibility environment–not one just on paper–will win the talent war. And moving forward, all of our challenges and opportunities hinge at least at some level on the ability to attract and retain the best talent. In terms of company profitability and employee satisfaction, there really is a silver bullet, and that is alternative staffing.
Workplace flexibility is particularly attractive to mid- to executive-level professionals, a group increasingly in demand as Boomers retire and a much smaller Gen X demographic comes in to replace them. At Mom Corps, for example, we help companies tap into a candidate pool that is not accessible through traditional employment and staffing channels. These are well-vetted professionals with years of experience in their field of focus and a desire to work in a flexible work environment, based on necessity, preference, or both.
Do you think the availability of flexible work options is on the rise? Have you seen movement at your organization, whether as an employee benefitting from these programs or as a manager implementing them? Maybe the new year is a good time to explore new things.