Flexible Work Arrangements

Flexible Work Arrangements That Work

Employee needs are diverse—and a one-size-fits-all approach to schedules just doesn’t work. That’s why the Principal Financial Group® offers a variety of options for flexible work arrangements.

“If I weren’t allowed to work part-time, I might have been forced to look for another job,” says Julie Chappell, an IT applications associate at The Principal®. She uses a flexible work arrangement to work part-time hours. She also works from home one day a week during the summer and is able to adjust her hours to work around things like doctor appointments without having to take personal time off.

“Working part-time allows me so much more time in the evenings with my kids, helping them with their homework, getting them to and from activities, doing laundry, cooking dinner and more,” Chappell says.

“It also allows me to be home before they get off the bus so they aren’t home alone. I’m not stressed out at work thinking about everything I need to do that night and how I am going to get it all done.”

Working Together to Support Flexibility

The Principal provides the tools and resources to help our employees and their leaders work together to support flexible work arrangements. We strive to create a work environment that’s flexible — one that works for our employees, our customers and our business partners.

The flexibility suite is an intranet site packed with information, tools and other resources that employees and leaders can use when evaluating and implementing formal flexible work arrangements or informal flexibility options.

Polly Heinen, assistant director for health and productivity at The Principal, says, “The flexibility suite was developed to support the culture of flexibility at The Principal — to help both employees and leaders understand why flexibility is a win/win and how to put it into action while alleviating some of the guesswork.”

For Doug Goodwin, an IT operations associate at The Principal, a flexible work schedule feels like a bonus, allowing him to attend college while working full-time.

“With working full-time and going to school full-time, managing my work, home and school has been a challenge. The degree program that I am enrolled in is only offered during the day, so balancing my class schedule and work schedule is a big ordeal for me, along with spending time at home. It’s nice to have a flexible schedule so I can balance everything,” Goodwin explains.

Goodwin’s department allows him to use an alternate schedule — working weekends and taking long lunches — so he can attend classes during business hours.

A Win-Win Solution

Heinen says, “Flexibility at work is just one way The Principal shows its respect for and commitment to our employees. In turn, we believe that flexibility makes our employees more successful, more focused and more loyal to the company.”

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