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.
Working In An Office Could Make You Miserable, Especially If You Have A Remote Personality
Mark Murphy, Forbes, June 19
Data drawn from a Leadership IQ survey of more than 8,000 people suggests that personality type can impact workplace productivity and happiness. Highly self-motivated go-getters who prefer working with fewer sets of rules have a “remote personality” — and it turns out they are significantly happier with their jobs when working remotely rather than in office. Read more: Working In An Office Could Make You Miserable, Especially If You Have A Remote Personality.
What Millennial Dads Tell Us About the Key to Fulfillment
Brad Harrington, The Huffington Post, June 19
For several years, the Boston College Center for Work & Family (a 1MFWF supporter) has been studying working dads and the changing workplace. Their latest report, released on Father’s Day of this year, focuses on millennial fathers. With nearly 80 percent of millennial men having a working partner or spouse, compared to 47 percent of baby boomers, it is clear that the workplace is shifting and its time for its policies to keep up. Read more: What Millennial Dads Tell Us About the Key to Fulfillment.
Experts Say Workplace Flexibility Should Be Strategy, Not a Perk
Aliah D. Wright, Society for Human Resource Management, June 14
At the recent Telecommuting, Remote, and Distributed (TRaD) Works Forum in Washington, D.C., (help by 1MFWF Founder FlexJobs), panelists and participants emphasized that companies should stop viewing work flexibility as a benefit for employees and rather as a business strategy for attracting, retaining, and engaging employees. Learn more: Experts Say Workplace Flexibility Should Be Strategy, Not a Perk.
Fast and the furious: The potential of workplace ‘sprints’
Tony Featherstone, Brisbane Times, June 9
A growing numbers of employers in the United States are encouraging professionals to work in short bursts to maximize the potential for higher productivity, greater chances for collaborative creativity, and more opportunity for down time. Advocates of these workplace “sprints” share that they make work more exciting, and enable professionals to spend less time on unnecessary projects and have more time for themselves and their family or to network and improve their professional skill sets. Read more about why companies in the U.S. and beyond are embracing this new workplace fad: Fast and the furious: The potential of workplace ‘sprints’.
Working Strategies: That part-time gig IS a real job
Amy Lindgren, Twin Cities Pioneer Press, June 4
In this Twin Cities Pioneer Press article: Working Strategies: That part-time gig IS a real job, Amy Lindgren calls for part-time professionals to be recognized and rewarded in the same way as their 9-5 counterparts. Often times, part-time professionals do not earn health benefits nor do they have the consistency in their schedule that they might need to pursue whatever it is on the side that prevents them from working a full-time schedule. Lindgren brings awareness to this less-talked about topic in the continued battle for work-life balance.
This Enlightened CEO Takes Every Friday Off And You Should, Too
Emily Peck, The Huffington Post, June 3
Brian Scudamore, CEO of Vancouver-based OZE Brands, is setting an example for the rest of his company to follow healthier workplace scheduling policies. He takes every Friday off in order to spend more time with his family, to exercise, and to let his business ideas bubble-up and develop, and he also designates Mondays as work-from-home think days. Learn more about the benefits of working less: This Enlightened CEO Takes Every Friday Off And You Should, Too.
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