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Flexible Careers at GM,
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At GM, we believe that striking a positive work-life balance leads to an engaged, productive work force. In fact, we believe that by empowering our employees to explore flextime and telecommuting options, not only can we attract and retain the best talent, but we can also experience winning business results that can give GM a competitive advantage.
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Flextime scheduling of work hours is a form of alternative work arrangement that permits salaried employees (in job assignments that are compatible and with leadership approval) to select the hours they will work within certain parameters (e.g., core hours during which all employees in a department are expected to work). Flextime helps accommodate individuals who prefer to start their workday early, as well as those who have reasons for working late. It can also make possible working variances, as long as minimum weekly work hour requirements are met.
“I have worked as a flexible service employee since my first child was born. My managers have been fully supportive as my children and my own needs changed through the years. My schedule has given me the opportunity to be involved in school activities which is very important to my family.” – Jill, Engineer, Vehicle Theft Deterrent Subsystems
Telecommuting is a flexible work arrangement that permits employees (in job assignments that are compatible and with leadership approval) to perform some or all of their work assignments from a location other than their GM worksite.
In many cases, employees have the option of working from home, connected to their managers and coworkers through email, telephone and/or web meetings. This can be an effective work arrangement for individuals who face a long and time-consuming commute between their home and worksite, or those who have personal responsibilities that require their presence in their home for specific periods of time.
“After returning from medical leave, I discussed with my Supervisor the opportunities available at GM for an alternative work arrangement. I started telecommuting, and have kept my current job responsibilities providing my customers with quality estimates and support.” – Shari, Sr. Manufacturing Engineer and Cost Estimator
+Spouses and Dual Careers
GM is also committed to keeping families together, through job transfers, new projects, assignments and career moves. GM’s Dual Career Couple Policy provides consideration in dual career relocation situations, when both an employee and his/her spouse or same sex domestic partner are employed in salaried positions by GM.
“Dual career couples at GM are well supported during career transitions where one spouse is asked to move. The other spouse is provided challenging opportunities within the same facility or at nearby GM facilities, or given the opportunity to take an extended leave. The family is able to decide which option works best given their needs and the new job location.” – Patti, Assistant Plant Manager | Eric, Plant Master for Statistical Engineering, Lansing