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Flexible Work: The Importance of Work-Life Balance

By: Andy Pederson, Head of People & Culture

March 13, 2017

By: Andy Pederson

Flexible work arrangements at Great Western Bank have helped a wife care for a sick husband, allowed an employee to take on a new role without having to relocate, and enabled a skilled IT worker to move to a new city without having to give up a job.

Great Western Bank encourages flexible work schedules to fit the needs of our valued employees. We understand that in order to attract and retain good people, we need to provide a healthy balance between work and life’s daily activities.

Like many successful companies today, Great Western Bank works together with our employees to find the appropriate balance. For some, that may mean adjusted hours. To others, a flex work schedule provides the ability to work remotely, away from the office. We’re constantly connected in today’s world. Good or bad, that allows companies like GWB to find innovative solutions to everyday challenges. We feel fortunate to be able to broaden our recruitment efforts by allowing employees in select jobs to work from any location within our nine-state footprint.

Decidedly, flex work schedules are not the answer for every employee or all departments. Banks must run 24/7. That is why we empower our managers to make flex work decisions within their own teams to decide what works best for the individual and the company.

We know that flexible scheduling doesn’t necessarily solve all work-life balance problems. When a child is home sick, the workload remains the same. That may mean compensating by working into the wee hours. Life is busy. Work is often hectic. Our hope is that when possible flex work can offer a little sanity in our daily lives.

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