Flexibility makes a difference

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Providing our people with the flexibility needed to meet their personal and professional goals is one reason we have been the only one of the Big Four on both FORTUNE magazine's "100 Best Companies to Work For®" for 15 consecutive years and Working Mother’s "100 Best Companies for Working Mothers" for 16 years, including seven years in a row in the top 10.

Flexibility is an ongoing focus. At its core, it’s about team members working together to determine how to meet the priorities of the business while helping each other lead fulfilling personal lives. Supporting flexibility helps us meet the needs of our people, their teams and our clients.

Flexibility is not about working less — it’s about working differently. Flexibility helps us value prioritization, time management and results over face time and long hours. A flexible professional can adapt to or accommodate change, while a flexible organization can change direction nimbly, quickly capitalize on unexpected opportunities or modify plans to better accomplish long-term goals.

We provide our people with the resources and technology to make flexibility work — to keep them in touch with other team members, to work together to meet client expectations, and to increase productivity and efficiency. We also provide people with services to help make their busy lives easier. Examples include:

  • Child and elder care resource and referral
  • Daily life services
  • Adoption assistance policy
  • Lactation program
  • Legal consultation Services
  • Maternity/paternity leave policies

A flexible definition
Everyone defines “flexibility” differently.

We encourage our people to think differently about their working lives, their attitudes and their actions. By doing so, we help create a great place to work, and it enables us to continue attracting and retaining talented people.

While the vast majority of our people work flexibly on a day-to-day basis, a number of our professionals benefit from establishing a flexible work arrangement (FWA).

Informal flexibility might mean working from home to facilitate getting to a doctor’s appointment, starting work a little earlier to volunteer at a community event, or leaving at a specific time to attend a school play or train for an upcoming marathon.

However, when a person requires a regular need for flexibility, they might consider creating a business case and applying for a formal FWA with options such as flexible hours, reduced schedules, seasonal schedules or telecommuting.