Written by the Women’s Leadership Group (WLG)
March is Women’s History Month, and this year we are celebrating the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage. Much has changed since women gained the right to vote.
The transformed roles that women play in our society have had a significant impact on Dot Foods and the needs of our employees. For example, flexibility in the workplace can help all employees be successful and focus on their career while managing the changing responsibilities they have towards their partners, families, and communities.
Dot offers different options of “flexible work arrangements” that employees may benefit from. They are built around flexibility in scheduling, as well as flexibility in the place of work. Options range from short-term, infrequent schedule changes, to shift modifications, and flextime with individualized start and end times that remain constant each workday.
In the Office
Spearheading new flexibility options at Dot, the Accounts Receivable department established core hours from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Employees on that team have the flexibility to start and leave earlier or later as needed outside of core hours, while still maintaining the same average working hours each week. For Debbie Pinney, AR Specialist, this new flexibility “has been a lifesaver when it comes to medical emergencies.” She can take her sister to doctor’s appointments when needed, and still give 100 percent at her job. She feels more productive and her morale has lifted.
Dot also has an increasing number of employees that work from home or remote. Victoria Shoopman, Customer Development Representative, had to decide whether to relocate to Indiana after her husband received a promotion. Discussing this with her manager, Victoria was able to start working remotely from Indiana and continue her successful career at Dot.
In the Warehouse
Hinginia Reyes, Warehouse Material Handler, moved to the U.S. from the Dominican Republic. When her daughter came to the U.S., she had a difficult time coordinating her daughter’s arrival and childcare with her work schedule. After discussing her challenges with her shift manager, she was able to take additional time off and work out a temporary schedule to help her daughter acclimate to the new environment.
On the Road
Flexibility varies between positions due to different work environments, job designs, and customer and operational demands. Denise Betten is taking advantage of the 4×4 driver schedule Dot Transportation, Inc. (DTI) offers, which means she is on the road for four days and at home for four days. She can spend more time with her kids. Before coming to DTI she had to work multiple jobs to provide for her family and was hardly ever at home.
We encourage employees to speak to their manager if they would like to explore flexibility options available to them that support their productivity; helping them achieve business and personal goals.