A local organization is encouraging employers to offer more flexible work schedules and hosting an information session this week on the topic.
"The MomSource Network truly believes that everyone deserves to have the opportunity to choose to work full time outside the home, to work full time inside the home or to choose a third option: Do some of both," Courtney Jones, president of MomSource, said.
MomSource, previously called MomForce, is dedicated to advocating for flexible employment.
The organization wants employers to adopt these working conditions through National Flex Day, which is a part of National Work and Family Month.
National Flex Day is the third Tuesday of October.
During National Flex Day, MomSource will be hosting events in each of the organization’s cities where attendees can discuss why flexible employment can be beneficial and how MomSource partners with employers.
The Chattanooga event will at The Flying Squirrel Oct. 18 from 6:30 to 9 p.m.
Anyone interested in learning about flexible employment is invited to be at the event, but employers and candidates are especially encouraged to come.
Why the focus on flexible employment?
MomSource chooses to focus on flexible employment because these working conditions benefit everyone involved, leaders said.
A study done by two women in 2005 looked at how flexible work hours affected employee morale and found that employees with more flexible hours were just as reliable, but also healthier, happier and less likely to leave the company.
Employers usually see increased loyalty, higher productivity, lower turnover and reduced overhead expenses. They see these effects because employees are generally less burned out, less stressed, more satisfied and more professionally engaged, the organization's leaders said.
Leaders are finding it fairly easy to spread these ideas in Chattanooga since most employers want to find ways to implement innovative programs so they can retain their workers, they also said.
MomSource also reaches out to business and community leaders to present the benefits of flexible employment in order to educate companies that may not attend sessions like the one for National Flex Day.
The organization has already worked with businesses such as Unum, the Chattanooga Zoo, Girls Preparatory School and several law offices.
For more information about MomSource, click here.
Alina Hunter-Grah is a contributing writer. She is also currently attending UTC, where she is the news editor for the school newspaper, The University Echo.