by Barbara Norcia-Broms
Almost 9 in 10 (88%) managers in the U.S. say that they have to work very hard and, on average, work more hours per week (46 hours) than non-managers (40 hours).
Finding the time to care for yourself and your family while sustaining the engagement, productivity and innovation of your team is the challenge facing today’s managers. And, for too many managers, this challenge feels like having to make everything work for everyone except themselves. However, the key to a successful workflex strategy is making sure you have work-life fit first and then helping your team members find their own.
In addition, many managers don’t know how to bridge the immediate need to get things done and the long-term goal of sustaining an engaged and productive workforce. And, yet, this is exactly the task that senior leaders have charged many a manager to accomplish without providing a clear method or supportive culture to produce those seemingly contradictory results.
Workflex and Managers Guide: Setting You and Your Team Up for Success is for the everyday manager charged with making work work for employees and the organization. The Guide offers tips and examples on how to use workflex to create more flexibility for employees and their managers, answers to questions about managing performance and flexibility, making sure everyone is treated equally.
So, help is on its way! Although there is no master plan for the effective workplace, there are blueprints for how you can go about identifying your best workflex scenario where you, your family, your team and your business all benefit.
This Guide provides a quick and practical overview of the key steps managers can take in order to create a more effective and flexible workplace for everyone.