Professional life routines make of conciliation between professional and personal lives a great challenge. An increasing number of companies apply business intelligence strategies aimed at improving conciliation. The results are clear: more motivated employees, better-working atmosphere, increased productivity and talent retention are some of the benefits of implementing these type of policies.
Conciliation in big companies
Iberdrola is the first Ibex-35 company that implemented compressed workweek throughout the year. Working hours are from 7.15 to 15.30, with a 30 minutes margin. Besides, maternity is encouraged through a 15-day permit before labour and reduced working hours with no salary reductions until the baby is one year old.
What’s more remarkable is their ‘lights off program’. All office lights are turn off so nobody works extra hours for no reason. Thanks to this and other measures the company was awarded a ‘Certificado de Empresa Familiarmente Responsable’ from Fundación + Familia.
SMEs can also conciliate
Conciliation is not only possible for big companies. There are increasingly more SMEs that want conciliation. Introducing small changes that allow flexibility to take place and help improve workers’ wellbeing is something that any company can do.
Motiva consulting employees have flexible working hours and compressed workweek. Telecommuting is among their working routines so employees that live far from the office can work at home on Mondays and Fridays so they avoid getting stuck in traffic. In addition to extra vacation days, the company organises meals to celebrate closing a project.
NAE is a tech company that manages work in terms of objectives, so workers feel free to establish their own schedules. It also provides employees with laptops, internet connexion and company mobile phones so telecommuting is possible. It even pays for calls to 4 private numbers! 5% of salary is in kind and is up to the worker to choose the payment method.
Small gesture, great results
A company’s true capital is its professionals. That’s why there is no better way of improving an organisation than providing workers’ with the tools needed to manage their time according to their needs and improve their personal and professional lives. Investing in conciliation is not an expense; it’s an investment for the quality future both of the company and the worker’s lives.
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