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.
How These Companies Have Made Four-Day Workweeks Feasible
Stephanie Vozza, Fast Company, June 17
Compressed workweeks are more common than you might think. According to the Families and Work Institute 2014 National Study of Employers, 43% of companies offer four-day workweeks to some employees. Leaders at KPMG, SchooLinks, Ryan, and Basecamp offer their tips for implementing compressed workweeks and seeing a positive return on the bottom line as a result. Read more: How These Companies Have Made Four-Day Workweeks Feasible.
Best Father’s Day Gift? Hint: Not a Necktie.
Stew Friedman, LinkedIn Pulse, June 17
In time for Father’s Day this weekend, 1MFWF supporter Stew Friedman highlights a variety of resources to help working fathers find the support they need to juggle career and family. Learn more: Best Father’s Day Gift? Hint: Not a Necktie.
Fathers need support to spend more time on children and chores
Peter Walker, The Guardian, June 16
The inaugural State of the World’s Fathers report was launched this week by MenCare, with support from the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation among others. The report argues that gender equality hinges on ensuring that men and boys participate equally in unpaid work in the home. Currently, there is nowhere in that world where fathers contribute to child-rearing and domestic chores any more than 37% percent of the time that mothers spend on the same work. Read more: Fathers need support to spend more time on children and chores.
5 Reasons Why Bosses Resist Flexible Work (and what you can do about it)
Scott Behson, Huff Post Business, June 16
Knowing how to ask for work flexibility and what roadblocks you might encounter can help you craft a compelling case. 1MFWF supporter Scott Behson and author of The Working Dad’s Survival Guide: How to Succeed at Work and at Home shares the five most common concerns a boss or employer might have about work flexibility, with suggestions for addressing each item. For details, check out 5 Reasons Why Bosses Resist Flexible Work (and what you can do about it).
14 million Britons who want flexible working compete for a ‘handful’ of jobs
Claire Cohen, The Telegraph, June 9
A new study from UK-based flexibility researchers Timewise reports that while 14.1 million workers in the UK state that they want to work flexibly, only 6.2 percent of open vacancies in the country offer flex. So while employees across the UK have the right to request flex from their employers, new hires are competing for just a handful of openly flexible positions. Learn more: 14 million Britons who want flexible working compete for a ‘handful’ of jobs.
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