Jo Moffatt from Atkins’ Energy business has been recognised in the Power Part Time List 2014 as one of the UK’s top 50 part-time and flexible working executives, one of only two engineers to make the list, alongside senior employees from companies including Sky, the BBC and HSBC.
Here, Dr Martin Grant, chief executive officer of Atkins’ Energy business discusses flexibility and the work-life balance, and why it is important for both employer and employee.
In recent years there has been a wide spread realisation that managing the work-life balance is a critical part of business in the 21st century.
Recognising that peoples’ lives are genuinely more complex and fast paced today than they were 10 years ago has resulted in a need to address how the world of work sits in an employees broader life.
We are extremely proud that Jo has been included in this high profile list of successful professionals who work part time. Jo has been a role model for people across Atkins who want to work flexibly, and as one of the first people in the business to work in a flexible way, she has encouraged and mentored others to look at the options open to them.
Flexible working is not necessarily about working fewer hours but about being supported in managing the various constraints of personal and professional circumstance in a way that is agreeable to all parties.
People should not be prevented from progressing their careers because of other life commitments – a single parent or carer should have the same opportunity to advance as everyone else, but without a degree of flexibility on both sides this can prove difficult. For me, the recognition of Jo and the others on the list is demonstration of the fact that this isn’t just about allowing people to keep working, it can also be about providing a route for individuals to reach the top of their profession whilst working part time for all or some of their careers.
At Atkins, flexibility is not a one size fits all approach, different people will have different requirements throughout their lives and we try really hard to be mindful of this – it’s a powerful tool that can be used to help both individuals and organisations grow and become stronger.
By making work as accessible as possible to as many as possible, businesses are far more likely to attract and retain skilled workers. They are also likely to encourage a more diverse workforce at senior levels – something a large percentage of organisations are currently striving towards.