Connecting With Our Changing Workforce
Work-life considerations and providing opportunities are keys to meeting the needs of today’s employees.
Twenty-something engineers working alongside 40-year veteran technicians. Employees in London or Sydney collaborating with colleagues in Washington or Orlando. Telecommuters teaming with on-location workers.
With such a widely diverse professional, personal and geographic landscape, how does Lockheed Martin build a culture that feels like home to everyone?
- By respecting employees’ different needs and preferences
- By implementing corporate-wide programs and policies to address them
- By fostering leaders who embrace Lockheed Martin’s cultural vision.
To adjust to shifting workforce demographics and meet the individual needs of diverse employees, the Corporation offers a variety of programs aimed at providing professional development and work-life balance.
- Through LM People, the Corporation has standardized much of the career planning and professional training available to employees.
- It has introduced LM HealthWorks to promote fitness, a healthy diet, smoking cessation and other wellness programs, and to provide medical clinics and personal health assessments.
- To improve work-life balance, many locations offer telecommuting, flexible work schedules, and schedules that permit longer weekends.
- Some sites also sponsor car and van pooling, offer staggered start times, and provide public transit benefits to ease the commuting burden.
While there are many factors contributing to the changing composition of Lockheed Martin’s workforce, none has been more pronounced than the aggressive recruitment of new talent to meet staffing needs as veteran employees retire. Strong leadership, financial strength, innovation and career opportunity are the areas where the Corporation ranks high in surveys of college students.
As new talent joins the workforce, the Corporation also is looking to ensure that the knowledge of its late-career employees is preserved and that it accommodates those who want to ease into retirement.
In addition, many retirement-eligible employees are voluntarily deferring retirement and extending their careers. At the same time, the Corporation is looking at ways to strengthen career planning and access to corporate-wide opportunities for mid-career employees and employees in other countries.