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 17 consecutive years and Working Mother’s "100 Best Companies for Working Mothers" for 19 years, including nine years in a row in the top 10.

In today’s global economy, working flexibly isn’t a “nice-to-have”— it’s a business imperative. As work hours trend upward across industries, the lines between career and personal life are becoming more fluid.

Progressive companies, including EY in the US, are finding new and innovative ways to address the needs of their people across generations and offer flexibility for all. The goal is to create an agile workplace culture, not only to attract and retain talent, but also to meet the needs of global clients and teams.

At EY, flexibility is about working smarter, not about working less. It helps our people meet their personal and professional goals and allows all of us to maximize our contributions to our teams and deliver exceptional client service. Challenging our assumptions about where, when and how work gets done, while maintaining a clear focus on the results we want to achieve together, is one of the ways we can be agile and responsive to the diverse needs of our people, our teams and our clients.

In addition to our inclusive and flexible culture, in the US 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 and collaborate to meet client expectations, and to increase productivity and efficiency. We also provide people with services and programs to help make their busy lives easier. For example:

  • 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.

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 people require 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.