By Leslie Rothman and Susan McClain
How to separate policy from company reality
Since the pandemic some of us are enjoying aspects of working from home such as increased flexibility regarding our work schedules while others are having trouble being able to “turn-off” working.
Many are realizing, more flexibility and work boundaries are not only desirable but critical and achievable if the company supports it. When searching for a new position, how can you identify which companies really practice flexibility and balance vs. just saying they do?
Do your research
- Read about companies of interest on Glassdoor to learn what current and recent employees are saying.
- Check out Best Places to Work Companies @ http://bestplacestoworkinme.com to learn about what makes them special. Many winning organizations have programs and practices that promote balance and flexibility.
- Ask questions during the interview process to uncover an organization’s workplace reality:
Avoid commonly asked questions about policy
- What are your policies on work/life balance, time off and working from home?
Instead ask questions focused on practice
- What are some examples that demonstrate how you support work/life balance?
- How many hours do most successful professional level individuals consistently work?
- How many times a year have you taken a full week or more off from work?
- Do you get calls, texts or emails when you’re not at work or on vacation?
- How does your company’s policy on respecting balance and taking time off play out in your department?
Collecting this information before and during the interview process will provide deeper insights to help you determine if an organization’s practices match your work balance needs. Ensure your job search and interviews are a two-way information gathering process. If you decide the organization and position are a good match but notice some yellow flags regarding balance, articulate your boundaries and needs as part of your acceptance conversation.
Check out our Zoom Lunch & Learns in October and November
- “Pandemic Pause: times for chaos are ripe for personal growth.”
- “Making a Career Change? Why your focus on applying on line won’t work and what will.”