Nimble Leadership and Culture Strategies
Creating Nimble Workplaces and Sustainable Careers
Workplace Flexibility. Work-Life balance. Work-Life Effectiveness.
Work-Life Fit. Work-Life Integration. Career-Life Fit.
Many people struggle with the terminology but the concept is clear. The traditional workplace was designed in the industrial age when the vast majority of male workers focused solely on their jobs while their wives managed the home front. Today's workers do not often fit within these gendered norms. The separation of work and personal "spheres" does not optimize workplace effectiveness. Employees are seeking options to effectively integrate their work and their lives and reduce work-life conflict.
Across the workforce, each generation seeks flexibility for different reasons. Millennials have grown up with the technologies that allow them to work anywhere, anytime. A career that requires a sole focus on work is not a viable option for the majority of dual-career families and single parents. Baby boomers are showing an increased desire for a phased retirement.
Companies eager to attract and retain a high-quality, creative problem-solving, diverse workforce are recognizing the critical role of workplace and career flexibility. The business case for flexibility has been clearly established. Despite this knowledge, effective implementation seems elusive to many motivated organizations. NLC Strategies provides objective assessments, strategic guidance, and implementation support for meeting the unique work-life goals of your specific business culture.
“Talented employees expect their work to add value to the business,
and they will not work to the exclusion of the other priorities in their lives;
they want to work smart and be recognized for their contributions.”
Individuals' work responsibilities are not static. Neither are their flexibility needs. Employees need the ability to manage that interface on a day-to-day basis. Workplace flexibility needs to be addressed from a systemic point of view on three levels: individual, work group, and institutional.
Viewed as an accommodation, flexible policies are underutilized because employees often find that negative career consequences undermine the benefits. Assumptions about work/life crossover often influence what constitutes competency and commitment in a organization. An effective workplace culture addresses those underlying assumptions and becomes a creative, collaborative environment which provides options for managing both work and life. This achieves results for the dual agenda of employee work-life integration and workplace productivity/effectiveness.
The challenges that a flexible workplace can address are: