To attend to family matters such as medical appointments or parent-teacher meetings, a strict 9-to-5 schedule can be challenging. This is one of the many reasons AbbVie employees use flexibility – both in where and when they work.
Employees can use AbbVie’s flexibility to help them manage their work and responsibilities at home. One way is Where We Work, AbbVie’s hybrid work model for office-based employees that provides predictable flexibility without sacrificing in-person collaboration. The hybrid work model typically consists of 3 days in the office and 2 days remote. Other kinds of flexibility, which vary by role, include flex-time, part-time, remote work, job sharing, shift changes, compressed work weeks and more.
Flexibility proved essential for AbbVie director Katie Kalivoda as she was raising her two kids, both of whom have ADHD.
“I had to figure things out with my oldest especially, so I needed flexibility to be able to go to doctor’s appointments and talk to teachers. My manager said to me: ‘I trust you to get the job done, you have whatever flexibility you need.’ To have that stated so clearly to me – I could never repay that,” said Kalivoda.
“AbbVie’s Where We Work model has given me the space to be the type of parent that I want to be. If I need to be in school for an event, I block my calendar. If I need to work, my kids understand. It’s a matter of finding what works for you, and AbbVie has allowed me to do that.”