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.
Why I quit my job after two months
Libby Hoppe, The Washington Post, May 5
Libby Hoppe shares her personal story about having to adjust from a flexible work environment to a traditional office one for a new job, and how the rigid demands led her to resign. She highlights the value of discussing work environment and expectations during job interviews, as well as the importance of retaining talented professionals by offering flexible work options. Read her story here: Why I quit my job after two months.
What workers around the world want: More flexibility
Jeanne Sahadi, CNN Money, May 5
Work flexibility is not just important to workers in the United States. 1MFWF supporter EY recently conducted a survey of employees in eight of the world’s largest economies and found that work flexibility ranked higher as a job feature than competitive pay and benefits. On the flip side, “flexibility stigma” or lack of work flexibility were listed among the top reasons an employee would quit a position. Learn more about the study’s findings on the importance of work flex around the globe: What workers around the world want: More flexibility.
Want to keep mothers in the workforce? Make it possible for them to stay
Lisa Endlich Heffernan, Vox, May 7
Retaining female professionals in the workforce has been a topic of conversation for decades. In 1989, Felice Schwartz introduced the idea of the Mommy Track in the Harvard Business Review, setting off a fierce debate and ultimately a strong rejection of the concept. But it may be time to rethink how the Mommy Track could increase job satisfaction and financial stability for women. A “better Mommy Track” designed around increased flexibility can create a stronger economy for everyone. To read how employers like Vodafone, Deloitte, and IBM have implemented flexible policies and increased female employee retention and advancement, read: Want to keep mothers in the workforce? Make it possible for them to stay.
How flexible working arrangements vary around the globe
Emanuela Nespoli et al., Personnel Today, May 1
Flexible work arrangements vary from country to country, but legislation is becoming more prevalent around the world to protect and promote flexible options. By examining policies in France, Germany, Italy, the US, and the United Kingdom, employers and employees can better understand best practices and trends. Learn more: How flexible working arrangements vary around the globe.
The 50 Best Places To Work For New Dads
Fatherly, April 28
Flexible work is frequently associated with working mothers, but Fatherly recently compiled a comprehensive list of employers that support new dads looking to find balance between work and home. 1MFWF supporter Stew Friedman, founding Director of Wharton’s Work/Life Integration Project, shines a light on the trend among young people to put off or decline to have children because they believe it’s not possible to balance a successful career and children. The companies on the The 50 Best Places To Work For New Dads list are helping to ensure that men and women have the opportunity to choose career and family without sacrificing one for the other.
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