Jose' Antonio Diaz, M.D.
Research Assistant Professor
Conrad Jobst Vascular Research Laboratories
Comments from staff/nominators:
Dr. Díaz allows staff to flex their schedules to benefit their home life, reduce the stress of having to choose one over the other, and creates a family- friendly work experience. He comes from a culture that has very strong family bonds and he brings the importance of this aspect of life into the workplace.
The Conrad Jobst Vascular Research Laboratories celebrates life together much like a family, and also come together in support of sad times or losses. Dr. Díaz promotes this feeling of acceptance of dealing with what life throws at you, making employees want to work harder and be more productive. Because Dr. Díaz promotes a feeling of acceptance of dealing with what life may bring about, everyone in the work place has been wanting to work harder and be more productive, even if it means working after hours to complete tasks to make up for the time off.
Dr. Diaz states that a flexible work schedule is a concept that could be mistaken as a leadership weakness, but indeed it is quite the opposite. Knowing that the personnel are facing a life situation conflicting with their work responsibilities helps to anticipate and prevent upcoming situations that would directly impact productivity. Open communication is essential to identify those stressors early enough to avoid further conflicts of the individual and their work duties. A group leader should immediately understand and support the personnel during these very particular times and, in some cases, flexible work schedule could be a viable alternative. Once the problem is overcome, return to work is usually more pleasant and rewarding, with much improved predisposition and productivity.
Best practices in use:
- Flexible start/stop times
- Compressed schedule
- Part-time employment
- Job sharing
- Flex place (telecommuting)
- Gradual return to work
... A flexible work schedule is a concept that could be mistaken as a leadership weakness, but indeed it is quite the opposite ...