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.
5 Lessons From 5 Years of Managing Remote Workers
Eric Siu, Entrepreneur, August 11
With remote workers spending 9.6 percent more of their time working than their office-based counterparts, it’s not surprising that many companies are looking to expand into remote work. By considering five tips that managers have used to recruit and work effectively with their teams, all companies can enter flexible work arrangements as smartly as possible. From defining job descriptions and hiring the right candidates to using the right tools, check out: 5 Lessons From 5 Years of Managing Remote Workers.
A year of paid parental leave: Vital but how likely?
Kelly Wallace, CNN, August 10
With only 13 percent of U.S. workers having access to some paid family leave, companies like Netflix, Facebook, and other tech companies are leading the way on offering more paid parental leave. Now, key questions will be whether people take advantage of the leave benefits, and how beneficial they are in practice for working parents. Read more: A year of paid parental leave: Vital but how likely?
The wrong boss can also ruin your home life. Here’s how to prevent it.
Brigid Schulte, The Washington Post, August 10
Work culture, work-life fit, and health were recently the focus of a decade-long research study funded by the National Institutes of Health. Not surprisingly, workers who have flexible working environments show better mental and physical health, lower stress levels, and higher job satisfaction. Ellen Ernst Kossek, professor of management at Purdue University discusses the ways the modern workplace is causing workplace burnout, increased dissatisfaction and turnover, and what employers should start focusing on to increase happiness and efficiency in their companies. See more: The wrong boss can also ruin your home life. Here’s how to prevent it.
Wharton professor says Netflix’s new unlimited parental leave policy ‘raises the bar’ for the business world
Richard Feloni, Business Insider, August 6
The structure of work is changing. Stewart Friedman, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, discusses how the new unlimited parental leave policy revealed by Netflix shows that companies are raising the bar for employee benefits. With so much competition for top tech talent, Friedman says the policy likely urges competitors to do more on paid parental leave. Learn more: Wharton professor says Netflix’s new unlimited parental leave policy ‘raises the bar’ for the business world.
Office design today embraces flexible workspaces
John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, August 1
Changes in the way we work are also changing the way our workspaces look. Furniture companies, like Herman Miller, are beginning to see a change in the types of workspaces employers want to create. Today, employers are looking for more collaborative spaces that reflect a flexible working environment. Check out more advances: Office design today embraces flexible workspaces.
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