This week, Comparably — the global workplace culture and compensation monitoring site — announced the winners of its Best Work-Life Balance 2021 awards. Elsevier was ranked number 7th among the top 50 large companies (those with 500 employees or more).
According to Comparably’s own research, having work-life balance is overall the second highest priority for employees today, coming in just behind salary. In fact, 1 out of 3 workers said it was more important than compensation, career advancement, perks/benefits, and stability.
The Comparably awards are especially notable because the results are based on the opinions of those that matter most – the people who work here – and at Elsevier we have striven to make work/ life balance a priority when it comes employee wellbeing.
Earlier this year, Surya Suriyan, a Digital Media Producer for Health Content Management at Elsevier based in our Chennai office, shared the ways in which Elsevier’s commitment to flexible working meant she could balance her work life, home life, and her enthusiasm for creating art. She wrote:
Like many parents, I found it very difficult initially to separate home life from work when working from home and home-schooling my two children. Ultimately, the guidance and flexibility Elsevier offered helped my husband and I find a solution that has benefited our whole family.
The work-from-home option has reduced a lot of travel time to the office. Every week, my my husband and I plan and share the work load at home so that both of us can excel in at our jobs. Having flexibility in my working hours has helped me in having the same energy and zeal for my personal life. My kids feel secure that their mother is around them for anything they need. Every day, I’m getting closer and closer to achieve my dream of having a successful career and an effective motherhood.
Fortunately, I also have time to pursue my own artwork. I do all types of art: pencil sketch, pen and ink, acrylic paint, water colors, poster colors, charcoal, wall painting, canvas painting. I also do digital art in Adobe Illustrator. Art is something which gives me happiness and sense of fulfillment. I sit for hours, even days, to complete one work of art.
Meanwhile, Nelly Lukwo, Reporting Lead for Customer Analytics in Global Customer Services, wrote about how utilizing Elsevier’s flexible working policy upon joining meant that she could complete her studies at the University of Oxford:
I received a call from a very pleasant talent acquisition manager. An interview was arranged, and I enjoyed the interview process tremendously. I knew I could make something out of the role. So, I was offered the role with flexitime.
Guess it confirms the adage, ‘Ask and you shall receive.’ That flexitime really made a difference. My manager agreed that I could do five days in four. This meant longer days Tuesdays through Friday, but it was a sacrifice I was willing to make so I could complete my degree.
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