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BEING VALUED, TRUSTED: NEW SURVEY FROM FLEXIBLE RESOURCES GIVES EMPLOYEE VIEW ON WHAT MAKES
A GREAT WORKPLACE FOR 2010
Inspired by the release of a national magazine’s list of “Top 100 Companies to Work For,” Flexible Resources wanted to find out what women think makes a great place to work. And here’s what they told us:
Being valued and trusted is what matters most, and trust is what ultimately leads to flexible work arrangements.
Making the most money didn’t make anyone’s list.
Flexible Resources, Inc. is a staffing and consulting firm based in Stamford, CT that has for 20 years created flexible work arrangements at the professional level, in all types of companies, from small start-ups to the Fortune 500.
Flexible Resources says that often companies tout ‘family friendly’ policies but in reality they don’t exist because they are left to the discretion of individual managers with no mandates in place.
“We have always seen companies that brag about having on-site childcare and liberal maternity leave policies, but on a day-to-day basis they require long hours in the office, with no latitude for flexible hours, job-sharing, or working from home,” says Flexible Resources co-founder Nadine Mockler.
“So we wanted to obtain the ‘inside story’ of work-life policies, told by the women who work there, not by the HR department.”
Flexible Resources recently surveyed via email more than 4,000 candidates (nearly all female) and received responses from just over 400, a 10 percent response rate. We asked them:
While the types of companies are widely varied, the responses strike a common theme: What does ‘being valued mean?’
For most of the respondents, it means being appreciated, being thanked, being trusted. And it appears that trust is the essential ingredient in allowing employees to work flexibly, meaning employees were generally free to work from home or other remote locations, and create their own hours, because these companies placed the highest value on results over face-time.
Sometimes being appreciated meant as small a gesture as having free coffee and breakfast every day. But nearly all respondents said work-life benefits topped the list.
“It really seems less about the money these days and more about the balance and benefits, especially with the high percentage of both parents working,” one woman said.
Some of the responses were based on past work experiences, and in some cases, the circumstances at the particular company may have changed.
Here are some of our findings:
Another respondent cited Pepperidge Farm “they truly valued the work output and quality over hours logged at the office and showed a profound interest about improving us as professionals.
Small companies included: