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 one really rotten day trying to get to work highlighted the benefits of telecommuting
Eric Convey, Boston Business Journal, Feb 12
Sometimes it takes a shake-up in routine to see the advantages of doing something in a new way. The recent snow storms in the Northeast have wreaked havoc on transportation — to such an extent that web editor Eric Convey spent nearly four hours trying to get to work one morning this week, until finally settling in at a Starbucks. Read more: How one really rotten day trying to get to work highlighted the benefits of telecommuting.
Say it Ain’t Snow: A Working Parent’s Dilemma
Brad Harrington, The Huffington Post, Feb 9
There’s nothing more thrilling for a kid than a snow day. But for working parents, snow days can be a nightmare — especially when they come one after another without relief as they have done in Boston this winter. Brad Harrington, Executive Director of 1MFWF Supporter Boston College Center for Work & Family, explains how flexibility can help relieve the stress for parents and be good for business as well. Read more: Say it Ain’t Snow: A Working Parent’s Dilemma.
The Hidden Cost of a Flexible Job
Rebecca Rosen, The Atlantic, Feb 5
Working from home is typically touted as the solution for getting closer to the elusive work/life balance. But many workers who take advantage of this supposed “perk” end up working more hours than their in-office counterparts, due to what’s known as the “flexibility stigma”. Read more: The Hidden Cost of a Flexible Job.
Yes, There Is a Disconnect Between Employers and Employees on Work-Life Balance
Dan Schawbel, Entrepreneur, Feb 3
A new study from Workplace Trends and Career Arc has found that employers are off the mark when it comes to recognizing employee needs around work/life balance. 67 percent of HR professionals think their employees have work-life balance, but 45 percent of employees say they struggle to find time for personal activities. 50% of employers rank work flexibility as the most important benefit they believe their employees want, whereas 75% of employees rank work flex number one. Read more from Workplace Trends Founder Dan Schawbel: Yes, There Is a Disconnect Between Employers and Employees on Work-Life Balance.
Case Study: Can a Work-at-Home Policy Hurt Morale?
Sangeeta Shah Bharadwaj, Harvard Business Review, Jan 28
A fictionalized case-study in the Harvard Business Review presents a thought-provoking work-from-home scenario and calls for reader input. Our director Emma Plumb added her suggestions — take a look in the comments section under “Plumb” and join the conversation.
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