One of the main reasons I like working as an HR professional is because of the pure unpredictability of the function. There are days when I can literally host a TV show about what really happens inside companies from the CEO all the way to the last employee hired. It could be a comedy, drama, and reality TV show all in one episode.
Something happened recently which I wanted to write about in this blog post. Today’s episode is going to be about work-life flexibility. I’ve worked for many companies and luckily each one of them offered flexibility in my work schedule. This has allowed me to have lunches with my husband offsite, spend time with my daughter seeing her performances, and occasionally run some errands that can only be run on weekdays during business hours.
January 18, 2016 was the date….
It was a rainy day. An all day offsite was planned for our executive team. All the planning for our year had to be finalized and everyone was ready to show a cohesive, united front. Our Town Hall meeting, where we gather the company to share highlights and significant news with the entire company, was two weeks away and we had to formalize our communication points.
The meeting started out with a bunch of sheets and numbers and roadmaps. Halfway through the day, a new client wanted to have a call with our senior sales team. This particular client was important enough to command the attention of our talented VP of Product, David Meyer.
David has two kids and he’s had to reschedule various appointments throughout the year due to his busy schedule. The January appointment was for his son and he already previously rescheduled twice, much to the chagrin of the doctor’s office.
With little hesitation, David said that he would reschedule again since this was an important client and he wanted to be in the meeting. What happened next is one of the reasons why I love being in HR.
Within two seconds of finishing his sentence, our CEO and Co-founder Thomas Pedersen, said “No, don’t do that, you should go and take care of your family: Instead, I will step in to re-arrange my schedule to meet the client myself.”
I did nothing but smile in this awesome moment which happened right before my eyes. Not every company has people that work as collaboratively as us. As the lines of work and personal life are blurring, we have to find better ways to align all of our priorities as humans. OneLogin definitely believes that flexibility works to building better citizens for our future world. These types of gestures engender trust, camaraderie, and most importantly speak volumes about the real priorities that we value here at OneLogin.
“OneLogin provides the flexibility to do my job” consistently scores as one of the highest questions in our quarterly employee survey. I am proud to be part of a company that allows you to have the flexibility to be awesome at both work and home.
Cheers to all the working parents who have to juggle the competing demands of work and home life. We celebrate and salute you everyday, not just during this season of mothers and fathers days.