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.
Working Through the Snow
Emma Plumb, US News Opinion, Feb 26
As I look out my window at close to three feet of snow in my Connecticut backyard, I’m once again grateful for the fact that I work from home. The record-breaking low-temperatures and snowfall this winter are a strong reminder that telecommuting is good for both employers and employees. Read my piece on this topic in US News: Working Through the Snow.
Bill aims to ease I-35 congestion
Tim Eaton, Austin American-Statesman, Feb 25
This month, Texas State Rep. Celia Israel filed a bill that would make it easier for Texas state agencies to allow state workers to telecommute and work flexible schedules. Legislation on the issue of flexibility has typically been specific to families and caregiving, but Rep. Israel’s motivation is instead related to road congestion: Austin’s Interstate 35 is notoriously snarled, and having fewer drivers on the road would significantly reduce rush-hour traffic. Learn more: Bill aims to ease I-35 congestion.
As Office Space Shrinks, So Does Privacy for Workers
James Barron, The New York Times, Feb 22
While some employers may claim that lumping workers into a common space encourages collaboration, the truth is that real estate costs more than creativity concerns are pushing more and more employers to embrace the open office concept, as this New York Times article highlights: As Office Space Shrinks, So Does Privacy for Workers. While some workers thrive in a bull-pen, others find the lack of privacy and quiet to be disruptive and unproductive. Surely the ideal solution here would be to ensure workers have options for where they work: in the office for collaboration, and at home or elsewhere for concentration.
The Death of the 9-to-5: Why We’ll All Work Flex Schedules Soon
Alexandra Levit, The Daily Muse, Feb 19
Business and workplace author, speaker, and consultant Alexandra Levit shared her personal reasons for supporting work flexibility on our blog last year. In her latest piece on The Daily Muse, she explains that when the millennial generation becomes the workplace majority, they’ll make sure that the 9-5 workday is a thing of the past. Read more: The Death of the 9-to-5: Why We’ll All Work Flex Schedules Soon.
Part-time power: Can you be part-time at the top?
Philippa Goodrich, BBC News, Feb 18
Part-time work is often considered an option for someone (likely a woman rising children) to keep busy and maintain a paycheck, but not fully pursue a career. But shouldn’t it be possible for someone to work part-time in a senior role, with all the ambition of a full-time worker? Read more about a new way to think about part-time: Part-time power: Can you be part-time at the top?.
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