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.

Witnesses Debate Bill Trading Overtime Pay for Comp Time
Christine Pulfrey, Bloomberg BNA, Apr 24
A new “work flexibility” bill regarding time off and overtime pay was introduced on February, 16 2017 and is causing a stir. The bill suggests that in place of overtime wages, employees could generate up to 160 hours of paid time off in any 12-month period, and at at the end of the period any unused comp time would be converted to overtime wages. Proponents of the bill argue that it would allow for better flexibility by letting professionals accrue and use paid time off when they need it. Opponents warn that the bill doesn’t give true flexibility because employees aren’t guaranteed time off when they need it, and instead will be forgoing potential earnings. Read more: Witnesses Debate Bill Trading Overtime Pay for Comp Time

How Office Culture Can Crush Women’s Ambitions
Bourree Lam, The Atlantic, Apr 19
A new theory has emerged surrounding women’s lack of interest in applying for more senior roles. While researchers have long been interested in this phenomenon known as the “ambition gap”, companies are now too taking an interest, and the answer may be closer to home than they think. Research from the Boston Consulting Group reveals that women’s lack of interest stems more from the actions and perceptions of the company, rather than the widely assumed family status. Read more: How Office Culture Can Crush Women’s Ambitions.

Flexible bosses can mean more babies, says OECD man
Charissa Yong, The Straits Times, Apr 17
If Singapore wants to increase its birth rates, it needs to adopt a “soft law” that will grant parents the right to ask for more flexible working arrangements, according to Olivier Thevenon of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development. Despite the fact that Singapore has implemented a series of laws to better support young families, such as doubling the amount of paid paternity leave to two weeks, it still has a long way to go to catch up to other successful work-flex countries such as Germany. Learn more: Flexible bosses can mean more babies, says OECD man.

Why more men will soon find themselves doing ‘women’s work’
Ana Swanson, The Washington Post, Apr 12
Jobs in the United States have long been divided by gender, but that’s about to change according to new research by Indeed job economist, Jed Kolko. Kolko’s research suggests that while many male dominated jobs continue to decline, fields dominated by women are set to expand in the coming years. Economist David Autor suggests that while historically, women have lost many job fields due to automation and globalization, such as secretarial work, they have generally moved on to finding more skill intensive and more lucrative jobs, whereas men have struggled more to replace manufacturing and other similar types of jobs. Given the recent trends in the U.S. economy, it’s safe to say that American men may need to get comfortable moving into more traditionally female roles if they want to succeed in the professional world. Read more: Why more men will soon find themselves doing ‘women’s work’

Amazon Looks to Hire 30,000 Part-Time Employees
Don Reisinger, Fortune, Apr 6
Online retail giant Amazon announced its plans to hire 30,000 part-time team members over the next year across the United States, including 5,000 work-from-home customer service representatives. The employees will receive benefits, and will also be eligible for the company’s Career Choice program that would pay for 95 percent of an employee’s tuition if they work in a field that Amazon deems “in demand”. The announcement follows the company’s plan to hire 100,000 full-time workers by the middle of next year, amounting to a total workforce that exceeds 300,000 people. Read more: Amazon Looks to Hire 30,000 Part-Time Employees.

New Focus on Flexibility
Carol Harnett, Human Resources Executive Online, Apr 4
As Human Resources Executive approaches its 30 year anniversary, writer, consultant, and speaker on employee health, benefits, and productivity management Carol Harnett reflects back on the last 30 years of work flexibility. In her piece New Focus on Flexibility, Harnett suggests that from “both sociological and attraction-and-retention perspectives,” employees still require more flexibility and better paid-time-off policies from employers. While she notes some significant changes in the workplace, she also suggests that HR executives have a lot of work ahead of them to improve both workplace flexibility and paid-time-off policies.

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