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.
Silicon Valley: Perks for Some Workers, Struggles for Parents
Claire Cain Miller, The New York Times, April 7
The types of workplace benefits offered at tech companies in Silicon Valley range from laser tag retreats to massages, but are these perks keeping up with the needs of working parents? As start-ups grow up, many of their employees are seeking different types of benefits, including parent-friendly policies such as more flexibility and the ability to better balance their work life and personal lives. Read more about the growing pains for tech companies and working parents, here: Silicon Valley: Perks for Some Workers, Struggles for Parents.
Flexible working and recognition linked to happiness at work
Mark Eltringham, Workplace Insight, April 2
Knowing what makes people happy and keeps them engaged in their career offers companies insight into greater productivity and retention. Two recent studies on wellbeing and work have concluded that greater flexibility and autonomy in the workplace lead to greater overall happiness and satisfaction. These studies encourage employers to consider how their work policies, from flexible hours to professional recognition, can positively impact their employees. Read more here: Flexible working and recognition linked to happiness at work.
National Poll: Life Beyond Work Gobbling Up Employees’ On-the-clock Attention
Jon Weiner, Workplace Options, April 1
Most workers are in the midst of a constant juggling act between career and personal life. In a recent poll, 87 percent of workers admitted to occasionally using their work time to handle personal issues. Meanwhile, 68 percent of employees say they don’t have access to employer programs or services that might assist them with personal lives. It’s time we acknowledge that the majority of workers are struggling to balance work and life, and it’s time to embrace solutions like flexibility to help ease the burden (and increase productivity). See more data from this poll here: National Poll: Life Beyond Work Gobbling Up Employees’ On-the-clock Attention.
3 Ways to Tackle Work-Life Balance
Joelle K. Jay, Inc., March 31
Ellen Kossek, professor of management at Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management, has created an assessment to help individuals and employers understand different styles of work-life balance, which she calls separating, integrating, and cycling. Understanding how people approach work & life in different ways can allow for better adoption of effective work policies. Whether someone separates the different areas of their lives or integrates them, tailoring expectations of productivity to an individual work style can increase satisfaction for both employer and employee. Read more about these styles here: 3 Ways to Tackle Work-Life Balance.
What MIT Is Learning About Online Courses and Working from Home
Sarah Green, Harvard Business Review, March 30
Many employers and universities are researching virtual collaboration and its impact on learning and working. Peter Hirst, director of the executive education program at the MIT Sloan School of Management discusses flexibility and technology integration at MIT and how it has impacted morale and productivity within his team. Read more about Hirst’s observations here: What MIT Is Learning About Online Courses and Working from Home.
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