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"Life in Congress" Webinar: Workflex Toolkit for Congress

"How do I know staffers are working if I can't see them?"

"We tried a flexible work schedule. A few staffers ruined it for all of us."

"We care about our constituents and they need responses immediately."

"My boss will NEVER go for it."

Well, just how DO you overcome these objections? Join us for this webinar that will feature the "Workflex Toolkit for Congress," a practical guide with worksheets, assessments, and tips for how to make flexible working options a reality in your office. You will also hear from congressional managers who will provide their perspectives on:

  • The strategies and tactics their offices have tried to help staff better manage their work and home lives;

  • How they developed their workflex policies;

  • The benefits they've seen in their office to having family-friendly or more flexible policies; and

  • Their advice for other offices on modifying their employment practices.

 

ABOUT THE PRESENTERS

The program will be led by Lisa Horn and Bradford Fitch. Lisa is Director of Congressional Affairs at SHRM and serves as the Co-Leader of SHRM's Workplace Flexibility Initiative. She is an expert on workplace flexibility trends and research, and is a former congressional staffer. Brad, CMF's President and CEO, has extensive consulting and teaching experience both at CMF and at American University where he served as an adjunct associate professor. Brad worked on Capitol Hill for 13 years and previously edited Setting Course: A Congressional Management Guide.

 

HOW TO REGISTER

This program is open to all congressional staff. To RSVP for this event, please register via this link: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1068280393362490113Opens a New Window.

 

MORE INFORMATION

The "Workflex Toolkit for Congress" is a combination of advice and research from several organizations that is designed to help educate congressional managers and employees about flexibility in the workplace. The booklet explains what workflex is, why it's important, and how it can be implemented in Congress by addressing obstacles to workflex, conducting organizational and employee assessments, and drafting workflex plans that work for the office and for the staffer.

The research and guidance is based on and adapted from the "Workflex Employee Toolkit," a publication of When Work WorksOpens a New Window., a joint project of the Families and Work Institute (FWI) and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Modifications to the original toolkit were made for the congressional environment by the Congressional Management Foundation (CMF) as part of the Life in CongressOpens a New Window. project, a joint project of CMF and SHRM. The goals of the Life in Congress project are to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of Congress and to enhance the public's understanding of Congress by conducting research with Members and staff.

CMF is a 501(c)(3) nonpartisan nonprofit dedicated to building trust and effectiveness in Congress. CMF does not employ or retain a registered lobbyist. Our programs comply with both House ethics rules and laws, allowing staff to attend.

Founded in 1948, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world's largest HR membership organization devoted to human resource management. Representing more than 285,000 members in over 160 countries, the Society is the leading provider of resources to serve the needs of HR professionals and advance the professional practice of human resource management. SHRM has more than 575 affiliated chapters within the United States and subsidiary offices in China, India and United Arab Emirates. Visit us at shrm.org.