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.
‘Weather’ to work from home — something employers should think about
Rex Huppke, Chicago Tribune, Jan 16
Winter weather serves as a great reminder of just how critical flexibility is for working parents. When schools are closed due to frigid temperatures, parents often have no choice but to take time off work, which often means lost wages, and always means lost productivity. Read more in the Chicago Tribune: ‘Weather’ to work from home — something employers should think about.
Freezing Our Eggs: The Further Particulars
Linda Scott, The Double X Economy, Jan 12
Last Fall, Facebook and Apple publicly announced that they do or plan to pay for their female employees to electively freeze their eggs. While the opportunity to delay childbearing with the security of company-sponsored medical intervention may appeal to some career-oriented women, Oxford Professor Linda Scott warns that egg freezing is not necessarily the gender equalizer some have been touting. Read more in her blog post, Freezing Our Eggs: The Further Particulars.
The More Time Dads Spend With Their Kids, The Happier They Are At Work
Susan Adams, Forbes, Jan 12
Work flexibility is often marginalized as a women’s issue. But at 1MFWF, we know that work flex isn’t gender-specific, and new research from the Academy of Management reveals just how valuable it is for fathers. According to their new study, the more time dads are able to spend with their children, the more satisfied they are with their jobs. Read more in Forbes: The More Time Dads Spend With Their Kids, The Happier They Are At Work.
Leisure is the New Productivity
Brigid Schulte, CNN Opinion, Jan 12
In our recent author Q&A, Charles Siegel shared his views on the potential economic and social benefits of a shorter work week. Wouldn’t it be great if we could all work fewer hours and enjoy an even better standard of living? In a recent CNN Opinion piece, Brigid Schulte writes more about the possibilities for pairing greater productivity with more leisure time, asking, “Isn’t the pursuit of happiness part of what defines us as Americans?” Read more: Leisure is the New Productivity.
Do workers want ‘flexibility’? Depends on how you define it
Lydia DePillis, The Washington Post, Jan 6
Last week, the USPS announced plans to expand access to flexibility for its 627,000 employees. But the news was met with some skepticism from Postal Service unions, who are concerned that the flexibility may not be good for employees. As we’ve highlighted on our blog in the article, “Whose Flexibility? New Legislation Addresses Need for Stable, Predictable Schedules,” “work flexibility” can mean different things to different people, and it’s important to be completely clear about intentions and expectations. Read more in The Washington Post, Do workers want ‘flexibility’? Depends on how you define it.
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