There’s a certain perception in the workplace that once you reach top-level status, you’re basically married to the company. When you’re running the company (or pretty close to it), you’re expected to be available 24/7. But there’s a new breed of C-suite executives who are debunking that myth—and are working (gasp) part-time.
A Financial Review article, “Why a Part-Time CEO Could Bring a Whole Lot of Value to Your Business,” highlights that more and more top-tier workers are proclaiming themselves to be part-time—and proud of it. Before you assume that the execs who are partial to part-time work are women, think again. TimeWise Jobs, a UK-based online flexible job resource, created a Part-Time Power List to showcase a wide variety of C-Suite execs who are working part-time. Here are just a few of the men they’ve recognized over the years, making it clear that it’s more than just working mothers who want part-time hours:
- Folksy.com CEO James Boardwell works 2 ½ days a week. Almost his entire staff works part-time, and everyone has a flexible schedule.
- Rob Symington, co-founder of Escape the City, works 2 days a week. Rob transitioned to a two-day work week after becoming a father, and in response to his own ‘burnout’ from a previously hectic schedule.
- Mark Webb is head of social media at Dixons Carphone and works 4 days a week. His part-time role was established to enable him to manage his multiple sclerosis whilst still fully supporting business goals.
With more and more companies offering flexible work policies, it seems that allowing people to be more autonomous and have control over their schedules is just business as usual, even for those at the executive level. After all, when top-level execs and managers buy in to a company’s flexible work policy, it has a trickle-down effect to all workers, making flex an option for everyone.
For job seekers as well as workers alike, being in a managerial or executive position shouldn’t automatically exclude you from pursuing part-time work, if that’s what you want. As more companies focus on results rather than facetime, less attention will be paid to when workers are on the clock, and more will be on the quality and timeliness of the work produced.
For this to happen, though, the stereotype surrounding part-time work has to be lifted. It can no longer be a stigma to want to work part-time, or to view those who want part-time jobs as lazy or not career-oriented. At the end of the day it should be about productivity, not presenteeism, whether you’re an entry-level or an executive employee.
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