Lindsey said RSQ magazine that he started a new system where employees worked in two different pods.
The pods would allow employees to condense their one-week schedules into three-day blocks of 1 to 2 p.m. Lindsey told QSR Magazine that the system he launched in February has had 100% retention at the executive level since then, NewsNation affiliate WFLA reported.
Julie Bauke, President and Chief Career Strategist of the Bauke Group, has joined Morning in America to discuss how this timeline and approach might work for other companies.
“What I like about it is that they have it as an option,” Bauke said.
She explained that the plan isn’t for everyone, but Lindsey had about 25% of her workforce who were interested and on the weekday shift. Lindsey reported the success of this experiment and said there had been no turnover since the new plan was tested. The option even resulted in more than 400 job applications from people wishing to participate.
“It’s a way of providing an option — a flexible option — that allows people to live their whole lives, instead of having to do everything on a pre-arranged, pre-determined schedule,” Bauke said.
She explained that the lesson here is that “one size doesn’t fit all” and that this option could work for other industries as well.
Bauke said it’s important for people in leadership and management positions to be open to change and not get stuck in what has always been done in the past.
“Regardless of what your employees do, in most cases there is a way to give them flexibility and choice. The key here is you have to ask people, involve your team in finding options, and be ready as a leader to drive them,” she said.
However, it’s important to be transparent with employees during trials and to be upfront with them that it’s not a promise it will continue, Bauke explained.
“The talent shortage won’t hit you as hard as it hits organizations trying to get back to what they once were,” she said.
Bauke continued, “Giving people options to live their lives and work is one of the things they are looking for. And if you create that for them and it works for both parties, you’ll keep them. The Great Resignation won’t let you hit yourself as hard as it hits organizations that really sit in the sand when it comes to flexibility.
A Chick-fil-A representative told NewsNation parent company Nexstar that several other Chick-fil-A restaurant operators have since contacted Lindsey for advice on implementing their own similar work weeks. . The rep, however, stressed that Chick-fil-A has no plans to institute or begin testing the idea in its restaurants.
NewsNation affiliate WFLA contributed to this report.