Women often face job flexibility issues in managing their job. Time to be a caregiver, take care of children, or just needing to take care of kids when they get sick and can’t be in daycare. Werk co-founder, Anna Auerbach found in the workplace there was just not enough jobs that offered flexible hours, location or time agility to put women on an executive track. Werk offers products to help companies change their thinking about full time W-2 jobs but with some unique flexible characteristics.
The Werk team has identified 6 different types of flexible work through their research that companies need to be more inclusive, hire more women and accommodate men with flex time needs. The options range from Desk Plus – with different company locations for an employee’s desk, to MicroAgility where the worker can step out of the office for 1 – 3 hours to take care of an emergency. The firm trains their client company executives on how to re frame their jobs and how to recruit for more women and men who need flexible schedules.
We have seen the need for more women executives starting new businesses, in venture capital, angel funding and mature companies. It has been difficult to bring more women into the job market due to the fact their needs for jobs with greater flexibility have not been met by standard HR job definition practices. It is time these practices change to hire more women into management roles and assist men that may have caregiver or family needs.