Mom Corps was proud to be part of the first annual National Flex Day on October 15. As part of the celebration, our CEO and founder, Allison O’Kelly, participated in Working Mother’s Facebook Q and A on flexible work, and we heard a few common themes when it comes to flexibility:
There is no one way to flex. Participants in the chat shared dozens of schedules that can work – working from home on Fridays, working longer shifts fewer days of the week and full-time teleworking were all options, but sometimes it’s as simple as knowing that you can work remotely while a loved one is in the hospital or have the flexibility to make a doctor’s appointment in the middle of the day.
- Communication is key to success. Send emails and texts, call your colleagues and use instant messaging tools to be visible to your team and manager.
- There is still fear when it comes to flex. We’re working to build awareness about the benefits of flex through events like National Flex Day, but in the meantime, consider starting with a trial run to test out flexible schedules.
- Flexibility = productivity. Our clients regularly tell us that our candidates get more done in a shorter amount of time than their employees who don’t work flexible schedules, and participants in the Facebook chat agreed. They are more focused and more efficient than when they were working traditional schedules.