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.

Why Workplace Flexibility Isn’t Just for the Mommy Track
Morra Aarons-Mele, Slate, Oct. 23
In an excerpt from her book Hiding out in the Bathroom: An Introvert’s Roadmap to Getting Out There (When You’d Rather Stay Home), Author Morra Aarons-Mele explores how flexible work arrangements and work-life balance have been inextricably caught up in the so-called “mommy-track” phenomenon. Aarons-Mele shares that workplace flexibility is often filtered through the prism of parenthood, based on a misplaced notion that childless employees place work above all else and care less about flexibility, while parents place family concerns over career. In reality, the lines are more blurred and employers need to recognize that job flexibility isn’t a one-size-fits-all proposition. Read more: Why Flexibility Isn’t Just for the Mommy Track.

Michelle Obama: If you’re afraid to use your voice, give up your seat at the table
Courtney Connley, CNBC.com, Oct. 9
Making your voice heard is one of the best ways to activate change in all sorts of ways, not the least of which is advancing your career. Michelle Obama, the former first lady, recounts in remarks before the Pennsylvania Conference for Women that the only way she got a flexible schedule when she worked for the University of Chicago Medical Center was to speak up and demand flexibility to balance the demands of being a working wife and mother of two young daughters. Read more: Michelle Obama: If you’re afraid to use your voice, give up your seat at the table.

With a flexible work schedule, working out how much child care coverage to get
Julie Vick, The Washington Post, Oct. 6
Determining how much childcare you may need is critical for parents looking to maintain productivity when working from home. For parents who work from home, the need for childcare may change over time, as their children get older and their careers and work schedules fluctuate. Costs are a big factor as well, and can vary depending on the age of your children, where you live, and how much spousal or other family support you may have. Read more: With a flexible work schedule, working out how much child care coverage to get.

9-5 desk-bound jobs are passe
The Economic Times, Oct. 5
Research from ManpowerGroup confirms the growing global prevalence of flexible work options. While work flexibility is an ongoing, “mature” feature of the job marketplace in countries like the U.S., the U.K., and Australia, the phenomenon of work flexibility is rising most sharply in Mexico, India, and other emerging markets. So-called “non-traditional” jobs like freelance, contract, and remote work have shown steady growth in the past 10 to 15 years. Read more: 9-5 desk-bound jobs are passe.

Teleoperating robots with virtual reality: making it easier for factory workers to telecommute
Science Daily, Oct. 4
Cutting-edge technology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is aming to make it possible for factory workers to do their jobs remotely using virtual reality tools to tele-operate robots from home. The research, from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, allows users to match their movements to those of a robot, enabling them to complete tasks virtually. Funding for the research is being provided jointly by the Boeing Company and the National Science Foundation. Read more: Teleoperating robots with virtual reality: making it easier for factory workers to telecommute.

The Gender Disparity of Physician Income Has a Market Solution
Chuck Dinerstein, American Council on Science and Health, Oct. 3
Gender pay disparity is an ongoing issue in medicine despite the fact that the major payers in medicine, like insurance companies and Medicare, are gender neutral. However, pharmacists may offer a market-based solution to the problem. Pay across the family-friendly pharmacy profession is basically egalitarian for both genders, and in partular, women aren’t penalized for using work flexibility options. Read more: The Gender Disparity of Physician Income Has a Market Solution.

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