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.
Job Flexibility Helps Poor People Move to the Middle Class
Gillian B. White, The Atlantic, September 8
The predictors for a person’s economic success have traditionally been linked to the economic success of their parents. However, a recent study from the St. Louis Fed shows that the most significant aspect of intergenerational earnings similarity is the way the modern labor market is set up. The study shows that increased flexibility would enable parents to make choices about family, education, and work-life balance that would better allow for future mobility for their children. Learn more: Job Flexibility Helps Poor People Move to the Middle Class.
America’s national vacation problem
Frank Strasser, BBC News, September 7
American workers take far fewer vacation days than workers in other countries, with 40% of workers not taking all of the days that they are entitled. A BBC News video this summer about US workers and their lack of vacation generated more than 1,000 comments about why American workers would not take full advantage of their vacation time. Many of the comments spoke to the restrictive culture surrounding the idea of needing or taking a vacation, with concerns about laziness and a lack of commitment. These attitudes are leading to worker burnout, causing confusion over “unlimited” vacation, and forcing a sense of connectivity even when on vacation through email and smartphones. Read more about the importance and impact vacation has on workers, with input from 1MFWF Supporter John de Graaf of Take Back Your Time, in the BBC: America’s national vacation problem.
Workplace Flexibility is Top Consideration for Three-Fourths of U.S. Working Adults but Becoming Less Attainable
Mom Corps, September 3
58% percent of working adults say that they would get more done if they had the ability to work from home occasionally. A recent Harris Poll conducted for 1MFWF Supporter Mom Corps asked 880 working adults about their perceptions and preferences around work flexibility and work-life balance. While the survey showed that more and more individuals are seeking flexibility and are even willing to take a salary cut (47% agreed), fewer employers make asking for that flexibility non-threatening, with employees stating (47%) that asking for flexible work arrangements would hurt their chances of advancing in their career. With four in ten working professionals having left or considered leaving a position because of a lack of access to flexibility, it is becoming increasingly apparent that employers need to create a culture of acceptance and promote work flexibility options in their positions. Read more about the surve: Workplace Flexibility is Top Consideration for Three-Fourths of U.S. Working Adults but Becoming Less Attainable.
Why a ‘work from home’ option is a necessity but not a cure-all
Justine Hofherr, Boston.com, September 2
As we at 1MFWF like to stress, work flexibility is not one-size-fits-all. Ken Matos from Families and Work Institute and William K. Bacic, New England managing partner at Deloitte, share recommendations for ensuring that an individualistic flex policy will be a success: Why a ‘work from home’ option is a necessity but not a cure-all.
95% of surveyed working mothers ‘would switch jobs for more flexibility’
Irish Examiner, September 2
Work flex is not just an issue in the U.S. A recent survey of more than 1,000 working moms in Ireland found that 95% of them would switch jobs for more flexibility. In fact, nine in 10 women looked for a better jobs with benefits while family planning, and 43% considered delaying having children due to the poor maternity benefits in their workplace. For more, check out 95% of surveyed working mothers ‘would switch jobs for more flexibility’.
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