At 1MFWF, we always want to highlight work that’s happening around the country and across the globe pertaining to work flexibility. While our own blog features regular contributions from experts on this topic, we also keep an eye out for great articles elsewhere on the web. Here are some recent items not to miss, including why 2018 is the year of the flexible workforce.
Work Flex News: The 9-to-5 Is Dead for 94% of British Workers, and More
Bryan Ballantyne, Delano.com, November 7
Although many working moms and dads demand and deserve work flexibility, it’s not just a perk that’s the purview of working parents, this article contends. Focusing on working parents as the primary beneficiaries of flexible work schedules risks “courting the resentment of childless peers. Rather, having the options to work flexibly should be available to every team member, and not just with one-size-fits-all solutions.
Ellen Daniel, Verdict.co.uk, November 8
A mere 6% of British workers still work what was once a traditional 9-to-5 schedule, this article notes, citing a YouGov survey of British workers. The trend toward flexible working arrangements is likely to grow even more, as younger workers in particular continue to push for freelance and work-from-anywhere flexibility. The change has been driven in part by the 2014 passage of the U.K.’s Flexible Working Regulations law, which gives employees the “right to request” work flexibility.
Thomas Oppong, TheLadders.com, November 12
Noting the “major shift” that’s upended the workplace, the author makes the case that employers with “free-flowing ideas and career paths” are best positioned to attract top candidates. That translates to fewer hours working on-site, more remote teams, and respect for employees’ personal lifestyles. Thanks to the ongoing digitization of the work environment, technology, in combination with creativity, will be a primary driver of successful organizations.
Christine Armstrong, Now to Love, November 21
It can be easy for employers to exploit the notion of flexible work when it comes to working mothers, according to an argument summed up in this article. In many cases mothers put in extra hours as a sort of penance for the privilege of being able to work flexibility. Rather than focusing solely on work flexibility, companies may benefit from setting boundaries that protect workers from “the constant invasion of work” into employees’ personal lives.
Jennifer Moss, Harvard Business Review, November 30
Some 70% of employees work remotely at least once a week and 53% do so for half the week, the author notes. Despite the many benefits that come with remote work, well-acknowledged downsides include worker burnout, as well as isolation. Solutions to combat these issues cover a range of options, from face-to-face meetings when possible, to company programs designed to increase employee engagement.
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