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.
Benefits Are the New Salary
Rebecca Greenfield, Bloomberg Business, June 30
A recent report from the Society of Human Resource Management shows that of the 450 employers surveyed, benefits packages had increased in 35 percent of their companies. Though salary still ranks as the top consideration, job seekers are placing increased importance on work flex, health coverage, and other benefits. Read more here: Benefits Are the New Salary.
Why Workplace Flexibility Is The Linchpin To Employee Happiness
Dan Schawbel, Forbes, June 29
As employees are increasingly “always on,” providing workplace flexibility is a key way to maintain employee engagement, happiness, and productivity. From encouraging employee breaks to holding fewer meetings, here are several ways employers can help encourage flexibility. Check out Why Workplace Flexibility Is The Linchpin To Employee Happiness for more tips on keeping and retaining engaged — and happy — employees.
Longer hours, lower wages, but happy? It’s the new work-life blend
Joan Raymond, TODAY Health, June 29
With more than half of respondents of a new study of workers reporting feeling overworked, it is not surprising that 37 percent said increased flexibility would increase their happiness. In addition to flexibility, many workers are seeking other office perks, including better office design and improved technology. See more: Longer hours, lower wages, but happy? It’s the new work-life blend.
MIT is trying a new strategy to increase employee happiness and productivity
Shana Lebowitz, Business Insider, June 26
MIT’s Sloan School of Management is testing whether the use of robots can alleviate some common concerns around remote work. The school’s executive education program allows their 35 employees to work remotely two days of the week, but now employees have the option of using a robot to move around the office, view conferences, and interact with coworkers. Read more: MIT is trying a new strategy to increase employee happiness and productivity.
I’m heading to the office, wherever that is
Rex Huppke, Chicago Tribune, June 26
What a “workplace” means to each worker is rapidly changing. A recent UnWired study found that desks in companies around the world are only occupied 47 percent of the time and only 23 percent of executives “actively encourage staff to work in the office.” How businesses encourage collaboration and teamwork among remote workers is also changing. See more: I’m heading to the office, wherever that is.
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