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.
Mother’s Day Reflection: My Transition to Working Mom
Jennifer Sabatini Fraone, Huffington Post, May 12
Jennifer Sabatini Fraone, Director of Corporate Partnerships at the Boston College Center for Work & Family (BCCWF), a 1MFWF supporter, recently released a new executive briefing, New Parents at the Workplace: How Organizations Can Create a Culture of Support, in order to address the common issues that new mothers experience when re-entering the workforce. In this Huffington Post piece, Fraone shares her own personal story as a new parent and working professional and also covers highlights of the new briefing, including the latest trends related to new parents such as lactation support, caregiver groups, and extended parental leave. Read more: Mother’s Day Reflection: My Transition to Working Mom.
The Hidden Penalty of Motherhood-And What It Costs Us
Lisa Wade, Time, May 11
It’s called the “motherhood penalty”: the term used to describe the earnings lost when a woman enters into motherhood (on average, a 4 percent earnings loss per child, or a total 5-10 percent loss). On the other hand, a man’s income goes up by six percent in what’s known as the “fatherhood premium”. It’s true that mothers are likely to take a break from the workforce or to switch to a less demanding (and lower paid) job, whereas fathers often times put in more hours and aggressively seek promotions. But the penalty is also a function of plain old bias, and an assumption that moms aren’t working as hard, even when they are. Read more: The Hidden Penalty of Motherhood – And What It Costs Us.
Work Flexibility. We Want It. She Can Help Make It Happen.
Whitney Johnston, Forbes, May 11
Cali Yost, a leader in the work flexibility field, author of two books, 1MFWF supporter, and one of Mashable’s Top 14 Career Experts on Twitter, shares her path towards becoming a work flexibility expert in this Forbes piece, Work Flexibility. We Want It. She Can Help Make It Happen. Yost, also featured in NPR, the Wall Street Journal, and the TODAY Show, shares some of her biggest accomplishments, her daily routine, her mentors, and her pivot from banker to work flexibility guru.
Organizations Aren’t Prepared For the Aging Workforce
Sharlyn Lauby, Unretirement Project, May 10
A survey from the Society of Human Resource Management revealed that companies are not prepared to handle an aging workforce, with only 30 percent of companies having a practice in place to handle the issue. Long gone are the days in which one walked into HR to announce their retirement and collect their pension; retirement isn’t that simple anymore. More professionals are staying in the workforce longer, plan to phase out their retirement, or transition to more part-time roles. Read more: Organizations Aren’t Prepared For the Aging Workforce.
IBM: Remote working is great! … For everyone except us
Shaun Nichols, The Register, May 7
Just a few months ago, IBM’s new head of marketing, Michelle Peluso, revealed her plan to do away with their work-from-home policy, stating that her only “recipe for success” requires limiting marketing staff to just six regional offices. And yet, IBM is pushing the benefits of telecommuting to its customers as they look to sell a suite of products made for just that. Read more: IBM: Remote working is great! … For everyone except us
How to Convince Your Boss to Let You Work from Home
Rebecca Knight, Harvard Business Review, May 5
Many professionals still associate a work-from-home job with lounging in pajamas and watching TV all day. Yet telecommuters know that scenario is not only not true, but actually far from the reality of working from home. And research shows that telework can translate to increased “productivity, efficiency, and engagement.” In her piece How to Convince Your Boss to Let You Work from Home, Rebecca Knight prepares readers for that hard conversation with their boss, covering topics such as how to push for organizational wide change, how to get clear on your motivations, and how to be patient throughout the process.
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