In the spotlight for today is Jobflex, the ecosystem that brings companies and employees closer through flexible work.

Why did you pick this project to work on?

Having worked in flexible cultures for over 13 years, I’ve seen the wonders that the right tools, processes, and mindset can do for recruiting and retaining the best talent. Also, as a mother to a three-year-old and a carer for my family, I deeply appreciate the flexibility of my job. 

According to Werk, a third of women leave the workplace after having children. Two-thirds of them would have kept working, had they enjoyed access to flexible work. But the need for flexibility goes further, with 77% of employees saying flexible work is very important when evaluating job opportunities. A study by Stanford University also saw resignations drop by 50% when employees were allowed to work remotely. Still, over half of the companies don’t have an official flexible work policy.

The topic had been on my mind for a long time and as I read all the stats I thought somebody should really do something about it. Then I figured I could be that person. So I started JobFlex to help people find work opportunities that would allow a better work-life balance. I also wanted to bring about change by helping companies fix their recruitment and retention problems through flexibility. It’s a win-win for both businesses and employees, their most important asset.

In your opinion, are the Romanian companies prepared to accept flexibility in jobs?

We still have a long way to go before flexibility becomes the norm. Many of today’s organizations are not designed for agility and adaptability. For companies to be able to implement flexible work, they need to take a closer look at their whole employment lifecycle from recruitment, to onboarding, retention, and exit.

When evaluating potential employees it’s important to assess technical skills but also consider soft skills and culture fit. Excellent communication and writing abilities are essential to thrive in a flexible role.

Building the infrastructure that allows people to collaborate efficiently becomes essential. Teams need access to different collaboration tools. Knowledge sharing should be at the heart of flexible companies, making onboarding easier, and helping drive transparency throughout the business.

A shift is also needed when evaluating performance. People should be evaluated based on clear metrics and expectations, as opposed to the hours spent in the office.

This being said. I was happy to discuss with several Romanian companies that are already embracing flexible work, with the number continuing to grow. Companies that adopt flexible tools and practices gain access to a much bigger talent pool and get happier and more productive employees (by 20%!). Ultimately, they’re also better equipped to scale. I believe more Romanian companies will not only accept flexibility but leverage it as their competitive advantage in a very crowded talent market.

What are the next steps for you and your startup?

The Jobflex website was launched in July 2019 and we have already started publishing flexible job offers from companies. We welcome all businesses that are are embracing digital tools and hiring flexibly to post their offers for free.

We’re currently working on our first course on how to create a flexible workplace. The course will bring a fresh perspective to leaders on how to recruit, engage, and retain flexible teams in 2020. Pre-registrations are now open.

People who are interested in getting flexible work tips, best practices, news, and curated jobs can also subscribe to the Flexible Work Digest, our bi-monthly newsletter.

We are also looking forward to working with companies to tell their stories through our website and share details about their company cultures with our community. If you’re building a flexible company or thinking about introducing flex, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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