flexible work & schedules
working from home
Telecommuting allows employees to work from home or some other remote site some or all of the time.
benefit to employers
Reduces employee absenteeism
Increases retention, reducing turnover costs Increases net worth
Employees can work more hours before experiencing work/family conflict
Increases employee loyalty
Reduces real estate and overhead costs
Saves money during emergencies and weather- related disruptions
benefit to families
Reduces reports of physical and mental fatigue
Saves employees time
Increases job satisfaction
Offers large benefits for disabled or temporarily disabled workers
case study: Maslon LLP
Law firm implements hybrid in-office model after pandemic shows flexibility in scheduling works
During two years of remote work due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Maslon leaders realized they could be successful and serve their clients well without adhering to a traditional in-office, five-days-a-week schedule. With infection rates declining, the firm decided to bring employees back in a hybrid scheduling model.
“Remote work is the way of the future, and if we want to hire and retain top talent, we need to be flexible with our scheduling for our employees,” said Human Resources Director Susan Cyronek. “Prior to the pandemic, we never would have considered remote work as a regular course of business, as a law firm with a strong focus on client service. But we were able to turn on a dime and deliver results to Maslon clients.”
Nearly all 145 Maslon employees can participate in the hybrid scheduling model, which requires three days in the office. The 47 partners who own the firm have the most flexibility; the governance committee determined they could go into the office as needed. The remaining attorneys and paralegals choose their three days in any given week, as they know when their work benefits most from in-office time.
Administrative staff members also participate in the hybrid model, though their schedules are set for continuity of service to clients and the Maslon team. There is a small office services team, including the receptionist, hospitality and copying/scanning staff, who are needed onsite five days a week and who remained in-office during the pandemic.
“By shifting to the hybrid model, we’re accommodating the preferences of many of our employees, while recognizing how important being together, in person, is to the culture of our firm,” said Cyronek. “Mentorship and collaboration are critical to the successful development of our associate attorneys, and they’re hard to recreate online. Our associate attorneys are the future of our business, and we want them to get the experience they need to lead our 65-year-old firm well into the future.”
Location: Minneapolis, Minn.
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