COVID has required all of us to be nimble in entirely new ways and has shown us that our resilience as organizations relies heavily on being able to adapt swiftly to changing circumstances.
In responding to these changes, five companies have come together to find the best paths forward, in a world where much is still unknown. FLEXWORK is a consortium of five forward-thinking companies collaborating to accelerate the development of new employee-centric work practices in the tech industry.
All of us will implement our version of FLEXWORK, each company finding an answer that uniquely fits our organization – but these founding principles bind us together:
Our organizations will be more flexible and adaptable
We will continue to shift towards increased employee choice
We will individualize programs and policies, where appropriate
We will embrace technology for greater personalization and flexibility
As we grapple with remote working we are unearthing complexities that have never been faced before. We don’t have proven processes, playbooks or even much data to guide us. That creates a huge opportunity.
Being forced into remote working and making it work at breakneck speed, we realize we can explore and disrupt the way our companies move to the future.
We can turn complexity into opportunity.
FLEXWORK seeks to accelerate the development of innovative employee-centered work practices, based on experimentation, real-time data, speedy pivots and meaningful results.
This requires our coalition to redesign, disrupt and rethink many of our current people practices. For example, it could significantly change how and where we operate, how we view employee benefits, how our employees learn and develop, and ultimately the way we lead.
We will take risks, learn, and share findings openly to help guide the way forward.
Location changes are the tip of the iceberg. With thought, we can open the door to greater flexibility across additional aspects of work. Smart personalization with the employee at the center can provide a new way of working.
The actions we take now will set the stage for our ongoing relationship with our people, way past the pandemic. To meet evolving expectations, we’ll need experimentation, discourse and shared knowledge. We can all learn faster and make fewer errors if we collaborate on ideas, experiments and share data.