Jason Oxman, CAE, president and CEO of the Information Technology Industry Council, was so impressed by his staff’s productivity and dedication during the pandemic—the two most successful years in ITI’s history—that he made a concerted effort to take the lessons learned from that challenging time and bring them into a post-pandemic workplace.
“Our overall goal is to be a great place to work and make sure our employees recognize that we value their contributions to the organization—and that we wouldn’t be successful without them,” Oxman said.
In addition to lessons learned from a crisis, a lot of the changes ITI has made have been based on employee feedback and best practices among its member companies, “because they have a lot of interesting ideas about how to attract and retain a talented workforce,” Oxman said.
That includes optimizing organizational culture by investing in people in meaningful ways. Here are seven ways that ITI is doing it:
Work wherever. ITI employees can work from anywhere in the world for up to four weeks a year. “The idea is that people should have the flexibility to do their work from a place that makes sense for them for where they are in their lives at a particular point in time,” Oxman said. One employee recently chose to work from Brazil. And the four-week limit means there are no tax implications.