Some employees can demand work-life fit. Take Wisconsin Republican Rep. Paul Ryan who last week said he wouldn’t consider taking the job as Speaker of the House unless he could spend less time on the road and more with his family.
The Speaker gig isn’t in high demand these days given the political wrangling in Congress, so it’s possible Ryan will get what he wants.
But, most employees don’t have this luxury, even if they have a great employer who understands an effective workplace is only achieved when flexible work options are in place. Sometimes the best laid plans don’t work as planned. Organizations have programs such as telework and job sharing, but things like work culture, ineffective managers and even the employees themselves get in the way.
So, how do you know your programs are actually working? There’s an easy and free way you can find out.
The When Work Works Award, part of a partnership between the Society for Human Resource Management and Families and Work Institute, offers employers who apply a free-benchmarking report so you can see how you stack up against competitors and also a confidential employee survey that will let you know how workflex is working on the ground.
The deadline to apply is November 6, so apply soon.