Jennifer Swanberg, UK Institute for Workplace Innovation (#411)
Jennifer Swanberg, director of the University of Kentucky’s Institute for Workplace Innovation, discusses the importance of workplace flexibility and other creative solutions for improving the quality of the workplace for employees.
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Swanberg talks about the mission and research of University of Kentucky’s Institute for Workplace Innovation. She describes how the organization’s Innovative Workplace Model leads to increased employee recruitment, retention and engagement. For instance, flexible working hours can help companies attract and retain talented employees seeking a balance between work and family.
Swanberg also discusses the Institute for Workplace Innovation’s participation in the national When Work Works initiative, which highlights the importance of workplace flexibility as a business strategy. This initiative allows employers to apply for an award for excellence in workplace flexibility, and Swanberg reveals some of the methods used by past winners.
Finally, Swanberg discusses how the economic downturn is affecting the workplace.