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.

The best companies for working moms
Kathryn Vasel, CNN, September 22
Working Mother released its annual 100 Best Companies list this week, highlighting the best employers offering flexibility, paid time off, advancement, child care, and other benefits. Working Mother has published its Best list since its founding in 1985,  starting with 30 companies of which only five offered maternity leave; today the companies on the list offer an average of eight weeks of fully paid maternity leave. This year, increased parental benefits are being seen in the tech world in particular, with unlimited paid time off for new parents being offered by Netflix, as well as longer leaves offered by Microsoft and Adobe. Learn more details and see the full list: The best companies for working moms.

Daughters made Gru less Despicable. Research says it works with CEOs too
Cindy Fisher Crawford, Birmingham Business Journal, September 22
Does having a CEO dad with a daughter have an impact on corporate social responsibility? Researchers at the University of Miami and the China-Europe International Business School found in their recent study, “Shaped By Their Daughters: Executives, Female Socialization and Corporate Responsibility”that the answer is yes. CEO dads with daughters were more likely to offer child care and flex-time, slower to lay off employees, and more likely to share profits with employees. A local study of Birmingham companies discovered that 75 percent of male CEOs with daughters had women working in decision-making roles or C-Suite positions. Read more: Daughters made Gru less Despicable. Research says it works with CEOs too.

Telemedicine brings stroke specialist to a patient’s bedside
Marilyn Halstead, The Southern Illinoisan, September 22
Telemedicine is opening up access to healthcare for rural communities through technologies like video conferencing. Patients coming into a hospital with stroke-like symptoms can now be seen not only by the emergency room staff, but also by a remote neurologist, who can observe and consult with the doctors on-site on the best course of action for a patient. Read more about the Southern Illinois Telemedicine Initiative and the power of remote diagnoses: Telemedicine brings stroke specialist to a patient’s bedside.

A Toxic Work World
Anne-Marie Slaughter, The New York Times, September 18
Stress is becoming an epidemic in the United States. The model of “winning at all costs” is damaging our ability to honor top-talent and putting all workers and companies at a disadvantage. In this opinion piece, Anne-Marie Slaughter highlights the negative impacts of our culture of overwork and calls on all of us to stand up for flexibility, caregiving, and work-life balance. Read more: A Toxic Work World.

Flexible work patterns to affect workplace designs
BizCommunity.com, September 14
As work changes, workplace designs must change as well. Workers want more sustainable environments, fresh air, natural light, and comfortable environments that allow for the most productive focus. Adjusting heating and lighting, temperature, location and other factors of office space allow people to move between office spaces and feel comfortable and focused on the tasks at hand. Mixed-use buildings that incorporate industry with family can promote a better work-life balance for many employees that want to go to an office, but don’t want a huge commute. Learn more about how flexible work is impacting office design: Flexible work patterns to affect workplace designs.

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