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.
Let Your Workers Rebel
Francesca Gino, Harvard Business Review, Oct 25
According to Francesca Gino, who has dedicated her professional career to understanding the culture of conformity, organizations may want to consider infusing a healthy dose of rebellion in their employees. Gino explains that for companies to support employees performance and innovation, they need to find that balance between freedom and structure. Gino shares six ways that companies can promote what she calls, “constructive nonconformity” in this Harvard Business Review article: Let Your Workers Rebel.
Are employees willing to forgo pay for better work schedules
Bridget Ansel, Washington Center for Equitable Growth, Oct 19
Economists Alexandre Mas and Amanda Pallais conducted a real-life hiring process for a call center to answer the question: Are employees willing to forgo pay for better work schedules? Approximately 7,000 applicants were offered either a job with a 9-to-5 framework or one of various alternative scheduling options, with varying salaries depending on the schedule. Pallais and Mas found that the average applicant would take a 20 percent cut in pay to avoid irregularly scheduled positions and a 14 percent cut to be able to work-from-home.
Designing a Workplace for the 21st Century Workforce
Melanne Verveer, The Huffington Post, Oct 18
Millennials have officially surpassed Baby Boomers as the “largest generational cohort” in our nation’s workforce. When Designing a Workplace for the 21st Century Workforce, companies must establish a culture of collaboration, flexibility, and transparency in order to retain top talent.
Putting Flexible Work to the Test: How Much Is Too Much?
Jennifer Owens, Working Mother, Oct 14
Mother of two, 1MFWF supporter, and Director of both Working Mother Media and the Working Mother Research Institute, Jennifer Owens discusses her personal flex story in this piece: Putting Flexible Work to the Test: How Much Is Too Much? While already working a flexible schedule, Owens reveals her process around asking for even more flexibility to support life’s inevitable ups and downs.
To Retain More Parents, The Military Offers A Better Work-Life Balance
Tom Bowman, NPR, Oct 12
All workplaces have their own stressors, but one, in particular, is the U.S. Military—so much so that it’s been losing talented service members who have felt they couldn’t serve their country and raise children at same time. Recognizing the substantial time and money invested into training its employees, the Military looked to improve both recruitment and retention. A few of the resulting programs include increasing day care center hours, 12 weeks of paid maternity leave, and its new Career Intermission Program, enabling service members to take one to three years off. Learn more about how the Military is demonstrating its support for work-life balance: To Retain More Parents, The Military Offers A Better Work-Life Balance.
Workin’ 9 to 5
Catherine Brown, Ulrich Boser, and Perpetual Baffour, Center for American Progress, Oct 11
A recent survey by the Center for American Progress analyzed the policies, schedules, and calendars of the nation’s largest school districts, which collectively serve more than six million students. They found that schools are closed for nearly 30 days a year, more than double the time that the average private-sector employee has in paid holidays and vacations. Read more about how school schedules make life harder for working parents: Workin’ 9 to 5.
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