Sheryl Sandberg, the COO of Facebook, recently made headlines by announcing that she goes home at 5:30 every afternoon and encourages others to do so as well. I think it’s great that Sheryl has spoken out on this issue and think that more business leaders need to as well.
At Rhiza, we’ve had a Flex Work policy in place since the company started, where employees are able to choose the hours of work that are best for them. It’s not just a nice thing to do, it is better for productivity. I have found that employees that are treated with respect and given the chance to set their own schedules are able to be more focused and productive. For Rhiza, it’s not just a matter of encouraging people to go home by 5:30, but rather letting people truly set their own schedules that map most easily into their personal life.
Rhiza goes much further than just flexible work schedules. We have a Babies in the Workplace Policy, as well as a bunch of other very generous policies around sick leave, vacation time and more. These policies reflect the type of values that represent the type of company we all want to be working for, and they also give us a competitive edge in recruiting and the delivery of truly excellent product.
What does your company do? Clearly the business community needs to hear from more entrepreneurs who are building better companies that treat their employees with the respect that they deserve. Perhaps once that happens, announcing a common-sense policy won’t make lots of news, it will be considered part of the norm.