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.

On-Demand Workers Face Low Pay, Limited Flexibility
Thomas Claburn, Information Week, May 20
The “on-demand” or “sharing” economy is becoming more and more prevalent, with employees who file 1099s making up 25-30% of the labor force. Job seekers are taking positions with employers that offer ridesharing, manual labor, delivery, or other 1099 positions hoping for flexibility in their income potential and hours, but many are finding that the type of flexibility offered to them is not what they need or want. A recent survey conducted by Requests for Startups shows job satisfaction and retention in this population is challenging, with more than half of the 1,300 survey participants indicating their desire to leave their on-demand work within two years. Learn more about the challenges facing on-demand workers: On-Demand Workers Face Low Pay, Limited Flexibility.

These are the New Rules of Work
Ross Perlin, Fast Company, May 18
The concept of work has shifted dramatically in the past few years. Career trajectories, expected hours, job location, job type, and work-life balance all have new rules and expectations. Instead of the traditional “9-5”, employees are on call 24/7. It’s increasingly harder to draw lines between work and life. And workers are no longer committing to employers for decades of service but are jumping from gig to gig and project to project. Read more: These are the new Rules of Work.

Mounting Evidence of Advantages for Children of Working Mothers
Claire Cain Miller, The New York Times, May 15
Many working mothers worry about how their careers impact their children’s future. A new study of 50,000 adults in 25 countries shows that daughters of working mothers are more likely to be employed, to be higher educated, and to earn higher incomes. In the U.S., daughters of working mothers earn 23 percent more than daughters of stay-at-home moms. But questions remain as to the best time trade-offs (do higher earnings equate to happiness?), and flex is a critical part of the discussion. Learn more: Mounting Evidence of Advantages for Children of Working Mothers.

Valerie Jarrett Champions Flexibility for Working Parents
Leah Hope, ABC7 Chicago, May 14
Valerie Jarrett, senior White House advisor and chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls, was the keynote speaker for the Women Employed luncheon in Chicago earlier this month. Jarrett recalled the challenges she faced as a single mother in the corporate world and emphasized the importance of work flexibility for working mothers. Rhiannon Broschat, also a single mom and caretaker of her autistic son, shared that she was fired from a previous job after taking sick days, but now has a job with the flexibility she needs. Read more about how Valerie Jarrett Champions Flexibility for Working Parents.

When A Student’s Baby Started Crying In Class, This Professor Did The Most Awesome Thing
Rachel Zarrell, BuzzFeed Life, May 13
An image of Sydney Engelberg, a social psychology professor at Jerusalem’s Hebrew University, holding a student’s baby while teaching class, reached international news after being posted to Imgur. Engelberg encourages his students with kids to bring them to class, and believes that education is not just about learning facts, but learning values as well. Instead of dismissing a crying baby as distracting, Engelberg jumped in to help by walking around with the infant in his arms. Read more about this touching image and inspirational professor: When A Student’s Baby Started Crying in Class, This Professor Did the Most Awesome Thing.

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