Are you living your unique life and work?

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Written by Guest Blogger, Tina Mylon, Senior Vice President Talent and Diversity

As the fall season kicks into gear, I was again reminded of our tagline for Schneider Electric’s global family leave policy – ‘manage your unique life and work’ – and how increasingly relevant it is in today’s global, diverse and every-changing world. Our employees come from all walks of life—from over 100 countries, from 5 generations, from all genders and backgrounds. And our Diversity and Inclusion ambition is to value and support all our ‘unique’ lives and to create a place where we have equal opportunities for everyone everywhere. No matter where a person comes from, they should have an equal chance for success and growth at SE.

When we launched our Global Family Leave Policy in September 2017, we were grateful for the positive feedback from our employees and the external world. From the beginning, the policy aimed to be as inclusive as possible to support the various leave needs of employees, from new parents (including adoptive parents) to bereavement to caring for the sick or elderly.  We also committed to implementing full paid leave across all our ~100+ countries in which we operate based on a global minimum. Today as we approach our 1-year anniversary, the policy is a gold standard in our industry and we are proud that

We have a lot more work to do to reach our ambition.  Every day we strive to build a truly inclusive place where everyone can be at their best in their unique life and work, because that’s good for business and good for our people. Whether you are single professional, a working mom trying to ‘do it all’ or a grandparent taking care of grandkids, we juggle many things to live the lives we want to live personally and professionally.

I myself live this every day.  Just recently, I spent a whirlwind day in San Francisco meeting with tech start-ups to understand the latest trends in digital HR, interviewing external talents to convince them to join Schneider, squeezing in a visit with my 103-year-old grandma and getting home to Boston in time to say goodnight to the kids.  While some days feel like more work than life, I love the diversity of what I do and the empowerment to manage the mix as best as I see fit.

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