How it Can Promote Inclusion, Employee Well-being, and Expand Talent Pools
Written by Pamela Kelly, Director of Talent and Inclusion
Workplace flexibility is becoming an increasingly useful approach to assist businesses in managing productivity and attracting talent. Also called “flexible work arrangements,” workplace flexibility strategies offer companies avenues to create supportive, inclusive workplaces for all employees.
Why Offer Flexible Work Environments?
Work & Motivation
When employees aren’t satisfied with their work-life balance, they feel overwhelmed and overworked. When this happens, their work and motivation both suffer. By offering a variety of options for when, where, and how work gets done, employers are finding that their productivity and overall team morale is elevated.
Health & Personal Wellness
If organizations don’t make flexibility a standard, employees don’t put their health and personal well-being first. Even when they choose to take vacation time, they often aren’t fully present—they’re catching up on emails at night or taking calls in the morning.
Burnout & Stress
The implications of being overworked can be seen in both careers and personal lives as burnouts and stress levels rise. Work output ends up being compromised and relationships are taxed.
Steering Away from the “Churn & Burn” Mentality
Employers are gradually facing the issue of flexibility, as the generation of “company men and women” start to retire, and is being replaced by a newer generation with a different set of expectations. Top employers understand this and offer several options. They move away from the culture of “churn and burn.” Our leaders at Dot Foods understand this and often encourage taking time for yourself and your family.
Flexible Work Arrangements at Dot Foods
Dot offers several flexible work arrangements for all employees—from operations to our offices. We have seen these programs grow over the last three years, as we have gone from 112 to 350 employees working from home or remotely. There are hundreds of other ways that managers accommodate employees in all areas of our business. The warehouse and Dot Transportation, Inc. (DTI), for example, have created new, condensed shifts and driver types that have opened the door to new talent pools looking to balance both home and work.