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.
How Can the U.S. Make Life Less Draining for Workers?
Rebecca, J. Rosen, The Atlantic, Mar 23
In this special A&Q series, several approaches for solving workplace challenges are explored in depth. Suggesting that the problem may be less about not having it all, and more about having too much, solutions such as raising wages, expanding flexibility to all workers, free or affordable childcare, and paid parental and family leave are brought to the forefront for close examination. Read more: How Can the U.S. Make Life Less Draining for Workers?
Gender pay gap: We need flexible working so women stop paying the motherhood penalty
Lydia Smith, International Business Times, Mar 22
Despite gains towards a more balanced work and professional life balance for women, a recent study out of the UK in December 2015 found that women experienced both fewer promotions and lower pay for decades after taking maternity leave. Women over 40 experienced the greatest pay imbalance. Read more about how flexibility could abolish this “motherhood penalty”: Gender pay gap: We need flexible working so women stop paying the motherhood penalty.
Adam LaRoche’s #FamilyFirst doesn’t work for most of us
Petula Dvorak, The Washington Post, Mar 21
Following baseball star Adam LaRoche’s departure from The White Sox to spend more time with his son, the #FamilyFirst hashtag flooded the Twittersphere. But while LaRoche had the luxury of opting out of his $13 million contract, millions of Americans struggle to find enough time and resources to meet their family, personal, and professional obligations. Indeed, American families have been tackling the #FamilyFirst issue for decades. Read more: Adam LaRoche’s #FamilyFirst doesn’t work for most of us.
The Future of Work: How office design is changing
Emily Peiffer & Kathryn Moody, Construction Dive, Mar 17
What defines the office of the future? Industry experts share their advice on curating an employee experience that fosters health and wellbeing. Utilizing elements of physical and aesthetic design and wellness programs, employers can address workers physical and mental wellbeing needs while contributing to increased productivity, flexibility, and overall higher business performance amongst employees. Read more about the evolution of the modern workplace: The Future of Work: How office design is changing.
Share Your Job, Shatter the Glass Ceiling
Meghan Walsh, Ozy, Mar 15
In the United States today, only 20 percent of companies allow employees to participate in job sharing programs. However the advantages of job-sharing have recently started to draw the attention of employers. Job sharing programs tend to be better for career advancement than part-time jobs, as they allow for the kind of flexibility needed to raise a family while offering more opportunities for promotion. Read more: Share Your Job, Shatter the Glass Ceiling.
Rethinking the Work-Life Equation
Susan Dominus, The New York Times, Feb 26
Recent research from Phyillis Moen, professor at the University of Michigan, and Erin Kelly, professor at M.I.T., found that flexibility improves employee health and happiness. But their findings also highlight that it’s critical that we stop thinking about flex as a work/life balance issue, or a family-focused issue; rather, it needs to be a gender-neutral and vital aspect of a productive workplace. Learn more about their study in Rethinking the Work-Life Equation, and read how 1MFWF Supporters Cali Williams Yost and Rachael Ellison weigh in on building a successful flexible workplace culture.
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