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.
New law lets working parents take more time for school-related matters
Brian Watt, 89.3 KPCC Southern California Public Radio, Dec 25
California parents will rejoice in the new year after Senate Bill 579 is implemented, allowing parents to take up to 40 hours (not more than eight hours per month) each year to tend to school related matters. Acceptable situations include new school enrollment, school closures, child care emergencies, or school emergencies. Thanks to this new law to be put into effect January 1, 2016, parents, grandparents, and foster- and step-parents will no longer have to risk losing their job in order to pick up their sick child from school. Learn more: New law lets working parents take more time for school-related matters
Work/Life Balancing Act: In past year, some CEOs took bold steps to reshape work culture
Cindy Krischer Goodman, Miami Herald, Dec 22
Even when they have access to flex time or maternity/paternity leave, many employees are nervous about using them in fear that they will lose their jobs or deem themselves a non-essential employee. However, a new trend has emerged in 2015 that will help shift this narrative: CEOs at technology, financial, and law firms have announced their plans to integrate work/life benefits into their own lives. These CEOs are finally shaping the company culture into one that welcomes, not fears, work/life balance and work flexibility. Read more on the changes CEOs are initiating in the workplace: Work/Life Balancing Act: In past year, some CEOs took bold steps to reshape work culture.
Commit to Under-Scheduling in 2016
Elizabeth Grace Saunders, Harvard Business Review, Dec 21
In her article Commit to Under-Scheduling in 2016, time investment expert Elizabeth Grace Saunders shares advice on how to reclaim “breathing room” in the new year. Saunders encourages professionals to give themselves permission to take control of their schedule, prioritizing “must do” with “would like to do” activities, and to decline invitations that do not align with their personal and professional goals.
3 Reasons You (and Your Employees) Should Take a Vacation– and Not Check Email
Corps Team, Dec 21
Although contrary to popular belief, research shows that working too many days in a row for long hours is counterproductive. The advantages of taking a vacation include an increase in creativity, a decrease in frustration, and the long-term perspective that is needed to strategically grow and manage a business. A true “break” requires being mentally, not just physically, separated from your office, laptop, email, and whatever other devices you use to work from. Read more: 3 Reasons You (and Your Employees) Should Take a Vacation – and Not Check Email.
Pioneers of the Better Way: 5 Women Blaze a Trail Toward the Future of Work
Anne Loehr, Anne Loehr: Trends Shape Future Leadership, Dec 18
Anne Loehr interviews five women who have broken down traditional workplace barriers to redefine the flexible workplace. These five women made the decision to leave their conservative jobs behind and embrace the future of work flexibility. Included amongst this group of inspiring female CEOs is 1MFWF Founder Sara Fell, who started her own company, FlexJobs, after being laid off while pregnant. Another member of the list is ThirdPath Institute founder and president and 1 Million for Work Flexibility supporter Jessica DeGroot. Read more about these trailblazing women here: Pioneers of the Better Way: 5 Women Blaze a Trail Toward the Future of Work.
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