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.
75% of companies now have flexible working policies – and say they boost their profits
Ben Rossi, Information Age, Feb 8
A recent study by Vodafone reveals that workplace flexibility is gaining in global reach. In what is considered one of the largest surveys on global workplace flexibility to date, Vodafone found that 75 percent of the 8,000 companies surveyed across ten countries now permit some level of workplace flexibility. Moreover, the majority of respondents noted an increase in both profits and employee productivity. Even those who were not on board with workplace flexibility suggested that it would bring a positive impact. Learn more: 75% of companies now have flexible working policies – and say they boost their profits
For men and women, flexible working is still just an altruistic myth
Lisa Lintern, The Guardian, Feb 4
The struggle of attaining work-life balance is no stranger to women, yet as more women both re-enter the workforce and move into leadership roles, men are now faced with their own work-life balance issues. As women’s role in the workplace continues to shift so must the family dynamics, putting more pressure on men to take care of the home. A new report out of Australia highlights the difficulties men are facing as they try to integrate more hands-on time in the home without losing face at their job. In her opinion piece in The Guardian, Lisa Lintern warns that unless policies are in place to ensure that both men and women can find a way to balance their work and home life, the cycle of the insurmountable amounts of pressure put on women to fulfill roles in both worlds will continue. Read more: For men and women, flexible working is still just an altruistic myth
How two women became CEOs through job sharing
Sharon Brennan, The Telegraph, Feb 3
In 2011, a study by the Jobshare Project revealed that more than 60 percent of women would be interested in participating in a job share role in order to achieve greater work-life balance. Two professionals in the UK, Hilary Cross and Lynda Thomas have managed to do just that, progressing to the c-suite at cancer charity Macmillan via a shared role while also finding time to raise their young families. Read their story: How two women became CEOs through job sharing.
Good News, Night Owls! There’s Scientific Proof Your Boss Should Let You Come in Later
Stacey Gawronski, The Muse, Feb 2
Another chapter in the fight towards ultimate workplace flexibility has surfaced thanks to a study of 90,000 professionals by 23andme, a consumer genetics company. Good News, Night Owls! There’s Scientific Proof Your Boss Should Let You Come in Later reports that according to the study, DNA plays a major role in one’s ability to make it to the office—and be productive—during traditional work start times. If employee productivity differs throughout the day due to genetics, then surely it makes sense to ensure we can all work at our peak times of day.
Thanks to tech, it’s time to telecommute
Marc Saltzman, USA Today, Jan 30
Thanks to the development of modern technology, telecommuting is now more accessible and easier to do today than ever. In this USA Today article Thanks to tech, it’s time to telecommute, author Marc Saltzman makes several technology recommendations for the aspiring telecommuter, covering everything from laptops and secure cloud services to external hard drives and a reliable router.
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