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 Working From Home Can Help You Go Green
Megan Elliott, The Cheat Sheet, April 21
Telecommuting boosts both worker morale and retention, but companies are also finding that it has a positive environmental impact. Dell reports that their remote workforce reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 6,700 metric tons in 2014 by staying off the roads. Xerox and Aetna have seen similarly positive environmental (and financial) impacts from their flexible work policies. Read more: How Working From Home Can Help You Go Green.
What it Takes to Build and Sustain a Flexible Workplace
Jane Porter, Fast Company, April 15
Sara Sutton, founder of 1 Million for Work Flexibility, discusses the steps she has taken to build and create her virtual company FlexJobs. Understanding how to personalize and prioritize connectivity and communication in the company are a priority for any business that is looking to establish a flexible working environment. With 54% of workers preferring to work from a home office in order to be most productive, these tips can help employers build successful, happy, virtual staff. Read more: What it Takes to Build and Sustain a Flexible Workforce.
Some Thoughts on Accommodations and Flexible Workplaces
Jon Hyman, Workforce: The Practical Employer, April 13
Recently, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit made a ruling that “common sense” suggests that “regular on-site attendance is required for interactive jobs”. In this editorial, Jon Hyman addresses this antiquated notion, arguing that technology has advanced work habits, and challenges the ruling. Read more: Some Thoughts on Accommodations and Flexible Workplaces.
Workflex Works in Manufacturing
Cassidy Solis, Society for Human Resource Management, April 10
Is manufacturing an industry where work flex just won’t work? According to Cassidy Solis and the When Work Works Workflex in Manufacturing: More Than a Dream resource guide, the answer is no. Companies like Kraft Foods are embracing flexible policies to retain and satisfy hourly workers in their manufacturing plants. By considering a variety of work flexibility options, manufacturing companies can attract and retain a happier, sustainable, productive workforce. Read more about these flexible options here: Workflex Works in Manufacturing.
A ‘workation’ could be your ticket to paradise
Jodi Mohrmann, News4JAX , April 10
Would you like to visit new cities and countries without having to take time off? “Workations” combine traveling to new areas while working remotely from digital offices. Companies are finding that “workations” can inspire their workers and bond their teams by giving them a new environment to brainstorm and connect. For tips about how to negotiate and plan a ‘workation,’ read more: A ‘workation’ could be your ticket to paradise.
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