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.
Balancing act: Survey: Many people work because they want to, not just need to
Greg Kratz, Deseret News, August 25
A recent survey by FlexJobs shows that the motivation for seeking employment can be linked to a desire to work, with 63 percent of parents polled wanting to work. Flexible work options can open up the ability to spend more time volunteering, save up for trips or retirement, and extend career paths. By expanding our idea of work beyond a paycheck and into personal satisfaction with work-life balance, the need for flexibility becomes clear. Read more here: Balancing act: Survey: Many people work because they want to, not just need to.
Perks, schmerks: The one thing that really matters about company culture
Kevin Borders, mLive, August 25
Office perks should show what matters to a company, and for Collage.com CEO Kevin Borders, that doesn’t include an office. By offering remote staff support and freedom, his company has grown substantially both in size and profitability. Not spending money on office space rentals or other workplace perks has allowed the company to invest in their employees. Read more about the success of Collage.com and their virtual office culture here: Perks, schmerks: The one thing that really matters about company culture.
5 Major Ways Freelancers Will Change The Economy By 2040
Vivian Giang, Fast Company, August 24
Freelancers comprise 34 percent of the workforce according to a 2014 survey by Edelman Berland and that figure appears only to be on the rise. A report from the Roosevelt Institute and the Kauffman Foundation with insight from economists, technologists, policy makers, and entrepreneurs highlights how the changing workforce will impact the economy. Switching from the idea of the traditional loyal employee with a pension and career ladder, this report highlights the likelihood that workers will be facing more short-term assignments, working with talent agencies, and smaller businesses, and creating and marketing themselves for higher wages. Read more about these insights: 5 Major Ways Freelancers Will Change the Economy by 2040.
Are Remote Workers Better Workers?
Chad Brooks, Business News Daily, August 23
A recently Gallup study shows that telecommuting has grown by more than 300 percent in the past 20 years. The study shows that 58 percent of Americans believe those who work remotely are just as productive as their office counterparts, up from 47 percent of people polled in 1995. Gallup research has shown that employees that telecommute are more likely to be engaged in their work. Read more about the results: Are Remote Workers Better Workers?.
As Workers Delay Retirement, Some Bosses Become More Flexible
Kerry Hannon, The New York Times, August 21
By allowing phase-in retirement options and flexible work schedules, many employers are finding notable benefits in working with an older workforce. With participation in the labor force increasing to almost 32 percent of workers aged 65 to 69, employers can tap into a vital resource of experience and knowledge. Many retirees decrease their hours or use other flexible work options, while still acting as a vital resource to employers. Learn more: As Workers Delay Retirement, Some Bosses Become More Flexible.
photo credit: istockphoto.com