Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky 2021-06-21 06:49:35 –
Lexington, Kentucky (LEX 18) — After spending 30 years at Lexmark, the year and a half has been one of the biggest challenges to date for Sharon Votaw, the company’s senior vice president and chief human resources officer. Proven.
“I’ve been talking to people for years, and if you don’t like the changes, you can’t work for Lexmark,” she said. “But I’ve been using steroids for the last 18 months.”
Lexmark welcomed employeesJune 1, but she says remotework options stay here. Last year, the company created a new policy called “Flexflex” for 8,000 employees worldwide. Now, if possible, I can work from home up to two days a week.
The company had already offered remote work opportunities before the pandemic, but Votaw told LEX18 that it was likely after the pandemic.
“Other employers are starting to catch up where we were already,” she explained. “That’s why it’s important for us to attract and retain important talent at Lexmark. As part of that, we offer a flexible workplace.”
Valvoline has the same idea. This allows employees to choose between continuing to work from home or adopting a hybrid schedule.
Chief Human Resources Officer Jon Caldwell estimates that one-third of Lexington’s 500 employees will remain remote and the remaining employees will work on a flexible schedule.
“It provided us with a great competitive advantage as we are trying to attract and even maintain the best talent,” Caldwell said. He said he had no plans to require full-time office work. Instead, focusing on flexibility is the future of the workforce.
“In many cases, the pandemic may have forced us to do so more than ever,” he said. “But I think that’s one positive result of the difficult period we’ve experienced over the past few months.”
Regarding COVID-19 vaccination, Lexmark states that it is not currently required, but highly recommended. At Valvoline, vaccinated employees will be able to return to their office on July 6th. Other employees are expected to be able to return by this fall at the latest.