Pending the trajectory of the pandemic, Enel North America will make these changes when it is safe to do so. We are regularly gathering feedback from employees, and plan to monitor the successes and drawbacks that come with this model. We are always looking for ways to innovate, which is a core value at Enel.
The benefits of hybrid working
When we roll out our new way of working, the hope is that our employees will not only be more productive and satisfied, but better able to balance their personal and professional lives. One of the major benefits of working from home is reducing commute times for our employees. From a company standpoint, this also means reducing Enel’s environmental impact, in line with our commitment to reach complete decarbonization by 2050.
We also see this flexible model as a major asset in the increasingly competitive talent market. Renewable energy is on an aggressive growth path, with its share of the U.S. electricity mix projected to double by 2050. Offering hybrid work options helps in the recruiting process, as recent studies have shown, and can improve retention rates. In addition, it allows us to expand our hiring efforts to a national market, opening doors for people across the country to access careers in clean energy.
Challenges still ahead
We’ve learned significant lessons over the last two years and are constantly evolving as we adjust to hybrid work. One obstacle our employees faced initially was achieving a sustainable work/life balance. Many have put in longer hours to maintain business operations and growth. We’re currently combatting this by instituting various initiatives, such as no-meeting zones and early closures on Fridays.
We’re also still working to determine when it is beneficial to be in-person versus online. Employee connection is important in sustaining a positive work environment, so we are looking for ways to enable these interactions digitally and decide for which meetings we need to be face-to-face.
Finally, we’re constantly looking for more ways to support the Enel employees who are unable to work remotely. Our engineers and onsite teams are the backbone of Enel, and we take their health and safety seriously. As we work towards further improving their work environments, many of our increased safety measures, like the use of smart glasses to bring teams together for remote troubleshooting and maintenance, will become permanent fixtures of our business.