By meeting employee life challenges with flexibility and creativity, retention of top workers increases and better morale is often a by-product. These events—while inconvenient for the employer—are extremely meaningful to employees.
Our company has employees on flexible schedules and in some cases a certain amount of work is permitted to be done at home. That doesn’t work for all companies and even in our case—not for all employees—but when it’s possible it’s an important perk.
Even in hard economic times, top employees have choices. And even those who stay put now might defect later if stung by inflexible policies and unfair treatment. Our advice: embrace your employees and their joy by making accommodations and listening to their needs. You can’t always compromise when Life happens—and you won’t always want to embrace Career Interruptus—but success begins with awareness.
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Erik Sorenson is CEO of Vault, the Web’s most comprehensive resource for career management and job search intelligence. Vault provides top talent with the insider information they need to make critical career decisions. An Emmy award-winning media industry veteran, Erik served as president of the MSNBC cable news channel through 2004. His experience spans radio, local and network broadcast television, cable and syndicated TV, and the Web.
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