What is Workplace Flexibility and What Does it Mean to HR
The program will provide an environmental scan those points to the need for creative and new approaches to work and jobs. It will look at the elements of flexibility in the workplace and at those business segments that may be early adaptors and those who may find it more difficult. Through sharing of information and some research we will identify the opportunities that are presented by technology to support and build infrastructure that can meet business objectives on all levels from connecting team members to supporting bottom line results.
Further we will discuss and examine the implication for HR and for training and development, by identifying the new or enhanced competencies that managers and hr team members will need to possess and that will provide the mindset that will allow flexibility to be a tool and benefit not a punishment.
This is a topic that has been around for quite some time but has been viewed more as an employee "want" rather than a business tool and need. In this evolving "new talent management economy" it may now be more in line with business needs and tools than ever before. The "talent management" economy will marry the individual needs and wants and the business needs and wants in a way that creates stronger employee and employer bonds and provides a broader opportunity to fully engage the broader talent pool available and play to the strengths of both the new pool entrants and the mature workers who have knowledge, skill and ability to continue to make a significant value addition to the workplace. We will build a case for why, especially in the US, this is a very important opportunity for both the mature worker and the business.
We are an economy in transition and when these transitions occur hr is always called to the forefront to assist the change process and to provide the strategic alignment of policy and practice that will fully support the organizational goals both financially and as an employer of choice.
We will make the leap of faith that any business is interested in being successful at achieving both of these goals. We will fully explore how the small and medium size business sector may be better prepared to work with this tool than larger businesses and how it can be a "winning combination" for this sector along with all the other benefits that working for and in the small and medium size sector offers prospective employees. Statistically, it is proven that this sector fuels the economy. Health in this business sector signals a vibrant economy across the board. The small business administration and other governmental agencies as well as SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management) are providing guidance and input into how this tool can be leveraged to everyone's advantage.
We will detail the element of strategy that will drive HR's decisions about how to utilize the flexibility opportunity and delve into a discussion of the elements that will help or hinder implementation; will provide insights via a swot analysis about why it is important to consider; it will look at sample policies and best practices that may be utilized strategically to support the business needs using flexibility as a corner stone.
We will delve into the concepts of virtual leadership that will also be a critical part of the success of flexibility in the work place and the core issues that managers will need to confront as they begin to implements all of the opportunities that the talent management economy presents. This program will move from the macro issues of theory and global economy pressures to looking specifically at things ad micro as job descriptions that will be the core of how flexibility plays a role in the way forward to compensation issues and the advantages of innovation and creativity that can be a part of the way forward.
Why should you attend: You have heard that: "the future is now," and it is! If we are to be completive in our respective markets and support our businesses creation of a business model that will produce a sustainable future, workplace flexibility is one of the tactics that will have a critical impact on our success. However, flexibility is difficult to achieve and may lead to new issues and concerns. Some areas of business may resist and indicate that it isn’t suitable for them or their business. Our challenge is to determine if there is a way that all businesses can appreciate and support "flexibility." Why? Because as we move to a workforce that includes 5 generations of workers it is one of the tools that will provide opportunities for bridging the communication and cultural gaps this diversity presents.
Areas Covered in the Session:
Who Will Benefit:
- What does flexibility in the workplace mean?
- What does it look like in practice?
- Why do we need to be aware of it and how does it play into the way forward for business success?
- What is the talent management economy? How does it impact small and medium size business?
- What are the new leadership behaviors and skills needed to leverage flexibility programs in the workforce?
- Team Leaders
- HR staff
- Senior Management
- Business Leaders