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Work / life balance the new key to keeping consultants happy?
event for consulting candidates was fascinating for all sorts of
reasons. 13 major consulting brands were there and that gave us some
great insights into the changing dynamics of recruiting & retaining
biggest thing that struck me though was the focus on getting the
work-life balance issue right. Just about every firm present stressed
the initiatives they were working on to improve the consultancy
lifestyle. And I really think the firms were being genuine...
every one of them recognized that consulting is consulting and that the
client is king. So consulting is always going to be tough and there was
no attempt to hide this. But there was also an acknowledgment that
graduates leaving University are now much more concerned about having a
good quality of life than they were 10 years' ago. And that encouraging
women back into consulting after a career break is a key strategy for
addressing the current skills shortage.
working from home, installing broadband, stressing to clients that
consultants might only be on site 3 days a week... these were just some
of the many initiatives the firms are putting into place to make the
consulting lifestyle more palatable.
think most agreed they hadn't done everything they could do and that
they're constantly on the look-out for new initiatives to improve things
readers got any examples of great policies that are in place at your
firm? Things that really make a difference and make the harder sides of
the career more bearable? Please do post your contribution
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