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Allow Flexible Leave Policies

Case Study: Sloan Work and Family Research Network
Boston College

Sojourner House is a non¬profit domestic violence services agency located in Providence, Rhode Island. Founded in 1976 by Brown University students, Sojourner House has served the needs of more than 50,000 individuals. The organization has 19 full¬time employees and three part-time workers at its three locations.

Monica Niquette is the officer manager at Sojourner House, where she has worked for five years. After becoming pregnant, Monica decided she wanted to change her forty ¬hour workweek into a 35 ¬hour workweek, a request that Sojourner House embraced. It means that Monica works generally from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., allowing her more time to relax or get herself ready in the morning. She is also better able to schedule doctor’s appointments before coming to work. Monica also realizes that she is more effective and less worn out at work. The bottom line is that she is able to get done in seven hours what she used to take eight hours a day to do. “It’s made it a lot more relaxing,” says Monica. “When I was working eight hours a day, I was totally exhausted, and I wasn’t as effective at doing the work. Now, coming in at 10 a.m., I can relax or even sleep-in in the morning, helping me feel personally more relaxed. Flexibility is a big part of the reason why I choose to stay at Sojourner.”


If you would like more information on meeting the child care needs of your employees contact Marie Lopez Stewart via e-mail or call 619-521-3055 ext. 2306.