HCM Skinny-What PwC Learned from its Policy of Flexible Work for Everyone

Everybody wants flexibility; the problem is, not everyone receives it. Whether it’s a cultural problem in the organization or just the nature of the work dictates a lack of flexibility, having a flexible work schedule is creating a competitive edge for many companies in a talent driven economy.

How do you create a culture of flexibility? Like the article states, it takes time; it’s not something that happens overnight. Also, keep in mind, it’s better to start small. Start giving your employees more flexibility in certain areas and start ‘layering in’ more and more ‘flexible opportunities’.

I do agree with the author where she states that everyone deserves the same level of flexibility and turst, but the problem is that there will be some employees that take advantage of a more flexible schedule. By starting small, you’ll have an opportunity to see how the employees are reacting and will create coaching moments where needed.

Long story short, if your organization doesn’t have a flexible work environment, you are already behind. If this is something you need to implement, start small and do it the right way; Rome wasn’t built in a day.

Top quote from article:

For us, flexibility is not about working less, but it is about encouraging people to work differently. It’s a two-way street. We give our people the flexibility they need when they need it, and sometimes, we need them to give more when business demands require it. When done right, flexibility results in a happier, healthier, and more productive workforce. And it helps attract the best employees, and makes them want to stick around. Anne Donovan, US People Experience Leader at PwC

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Chris Olson