[June 20, 2013] A recent New York Times article provides some food for thought concerning whether workplace flexibility policies actually hurt employees instead of helping them. The article reviews recent research studies examining negative effects on employees’ careers after they take parental leave, work reduced hours, or participate in other programs aimed at providing flexibility.
Is this happening in your workplace? If so, how should your company handle this phenomenon? Change the policy? Change the culture? Training? … Or do nothing?
Of course, treating male employees differently as a result of their participation in such flex schedule programs, could result in a whole host of legal claims and employee relation problems, too.
If the attached article gets you thinking about your leave policies, please feel free to call us to discuss.