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Akron Children's Hospital gets creative to offer flexibility for employees

Posted at 6:56 AM, Sep 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-08 06:56:26-04

AKRON, Ohio — The coronavirus has forced many people to live differently. To do that, many people need the support of their job.

Akron Children’s Hospital is helping its employees rebound from the pandemic by offering flexibility.

The hospital is asking its managers to work with their employees who are juggling work, family and school.

We spoke with Rhonda Larimore, the Chief Human Resources Officer, about the hospital's plans.

"One of the messages that we're sending our leader is we have to be flexible. If somebody resigns, you can't believe that the next person you want to hire will not have that same situation, so be flexible with our employees,” said Larimore.

In addition to working to offer employees flexible hours, while they help kids in remote learning the hospital created a fund to offer help with tutoring and babysitting programs.

We're a pediatric hospital. That's our mission, taking care of children. That has to include our employees and their children,” said Larimore.

She adds this is a fluid situation, so more changes could be on the way.

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