Bragard has launched a pro bono project entitled Bolsa M, the first Uruguayan employment exchange platform for mothers seeking to get back to work after motherhood.
The main goals of the project are to demonstrate to companies how having a more flexible time schedule benefits them in the long-run and to serve as an intermediary among companies with flexible working polices and potential employees by providing a platform, where they can get in touch potential hires.
Some of the benefits of flexitime for employers are that it allow for the recruitment of talented candidates who they might otherwise miss out on, competitive work centers with better quality of life and the reduction of costs; while boosting productivity, creativity and staff loyalty.
Bolsa M has different types of job flexibility, such as a part-time schedule, a combined schedule, working from home, working by assignment and working alternate days, among others.
“Times are changing and bringing new demands to the labor market, especially regarding women in the workforce. The reigning 8-hour scheme is no longer fit for working women, who have kids or have been away from the market for a while, more so following the technological revolution, which has made remote work a viable alternative. In this context, we wanted to pay special attention to the situation in which women find themselves at the time they become mothers, the difficulties of maintaining a balance between their new role as mothers and their duties as employees and what can seem like a challenging career crisis. Our aim is to shift the mindset of key players in the market, under the conviction that otherwise critical talent lost will be retained.” said Paula Burghi, senior associate at the firm.