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Navigating Workplace Transformation: Strategies for Supporting Employees

When COVID first began and organizations shifted to telework, many employees and leaders likely assumed this would be temporary. Now, well over a year after COVID began, conversations regarding return to work have started. Despite these plans, we’re likely to see some continuation of remote work. In uncertain times, the focus of leadership should be…

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New Normal, Same FMP Culture: How FMP’s culture allowed us to adapt during the pandemic

It has almost been 18 months since the pandemic began, and we’ve had to adapt how we approach our work (more than once) at FMP, just like everyone else. Our culture has played a big role in being able to overcome the challenges we faced both on an individual and organizational level. In this blog,…

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Tips for Preparing for the R.E.T.U.R.N. to In-Person Work

If I could pick a theme song for this summer, it would be “Welcome Back,” a song by American rapper Mase.  As vaccine rollout continues across the country, many professional organizations have been developing return-to-the-workplace plans and communicating to employees their plans that focus on office space, scheduling, and safety. That’s good news for people…

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Three Rs of Creating a Strong Remote Culture

Although businesses are reopening at full capacity, the sudden shift to remote work due to COVID-19 has left a lasting impression on organizations. There are many benefits to remote work1 and a Gallup survey2 revealed that 59% of employees would like to continue working remotely. Leaders learned the importance of having an agile workforce and…

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Flexible Paid Time Off: Before, During, and After COVID-19

Fall 2020 marked year four of flexible paid time off (PTO) at FMP Consulting. However, having begun my career at FMP in March 2017, I’ve never experienced anything different during my employment here. First, you may ask, ‘what is flexible PTO?’ I describe it as a type of PTO that gives employees the freedom to…

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Staying Motivated and Maximizing Workplace Flexibility in the New Year

So, it’s 2021. New year, new you (or, something like that…)! A chance for fresh starts, fresh goals, and reinvigorated motivation. But, if you’re still working from home in the new year, that “fresh start” won’t look like a brand-new work outfit, greeting coworkers and sharing stories of celebrations over coffee in the kitchen, and…

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How FMP Does Teleworking – An Interview with Our Remote Employees

At FMP, we practice flexibility every day – not just in specific situations, but in our work arrangements. Many employees based out of our office in Shirlington, VA work remotely 1 – 2 days a week; however, we also have full-time remote employees located across the country. We are proud to share the best practices,…

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Lessons Learned from One Year of Flexible Paid Time Off

In the fall of 2016, FMP shifted to a self-managed, flexible paid time off (PTO) policy. By moving away from a fixed allocation of PTO hours, we hoped this shift would increase flexibility, boost employee engagement, help us attract and retain top talent, and reduce the administrative burden often associated with tracking and managing PTO….

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FMP’s Footprint: Remote Employees Across the Country

At FMP, flexibility is one of our core values, and flexible work arrangements are one of the ways we put it into practice. With flexibility being our theme this February, we thought it was only fitting for FMP’s remote employees to talk about how their remote work arrangements fit their lives and what they’ve learned…

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How Do You Make Remote Work Arrangements Work?

                                                        While at a conference panel discussion on Millennials in the workplace, one speaker commented that future generations will be shocked to learn of an antiquated era when…

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