Firms describe how they support employees whose are responsible for the well-being of others outside of their professional lives.
By Alice Liao
Traditional firm culture can be challenging for architects who are also primary caregivers. Rigid schedules, restrictive leave policies, and a studio culture that values long hours in the office can hinder those with personal responsibilities to children, the elderly, or the infirm. Increasingly, however, architecture firms are recognizing the importance of work–life balance and company policies that help staff tend to loved ones.
Accommodate Flexible Work Schedules
Some firms allow employees to determine how best to allocate their hours during the week. At JG Johnson Architects in Denver, staff members work a 40-hour week and are generally expected to be in the office during its core hours, but individual schedules are flexible and can adapt to a four-day week or shorter days during the standard five-day week, according to Carrie Turbow, an associate at the firm.
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