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.
What does the working class want? Better schedules.
Carrie Gleason, The Hill, June 23
This week, Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) introduced legislation to support the millions of Americans who work in the service industry. Cities such as San Francisco and New York have passed laws to ensure employees in the retail and food service sectors have greater flexibility and predictability. With recent polls showing that 67 percent of hourly workers suffer from unfair scheduling practices, it’s no wonder employees are pushing back and fighting for fair schedules that allow them to balance their family, work, and other responsibilities. Read more: What does the working class want? Better schedules.
SHRM working on bill to enhance paid leave, flexible policies
Kathryn Mayer, Employee Benefit News, June 20
The Society for Human Resource Management released plans this week at its annual conference to work with Rep. Mimi Walters (R-CA) to introduce a new bill this summer. The bill, which has been in motion for the last few years, would enable employers who voluntarily provide their employees with a minimum standard of options for flexible work arrangements, including compressed work schedules and telecommuting positions, and paid time off, to qualify for federal safe harbor from mandatory paid family leave mandates like those in Cailfornia and New York. Read more: SHRM working on bill to enhance paid leave, flexible policies.
Why Work for Yourself? Women Want Flexibility; Men Want Control
Martha C. White, NBC News, June 20
The gap is widening between men and women when it comes to wanting greater workplace flexibility versus more pay. Two years ago, 68 percent of women and 63 percent of men valued flexibility over money in a survey by MBO Partners, but this year, 74 percent of women and fewer than 60 percent of men prefered flexibility over greater pay. Experts say the explanation for this discrepency lies in outdated gender rules, because historically, women have held greater responsibility in caregiving, while men have long been focused on generating an income to support the entire family. Learn more: Why Work for Yourself? Women Want Flexibility; Men Want Control.
What Leonardo da Vinci can teach us about the six hour working day
Mark Eltringham, insight, June 19
The 6-hour workday which Sweden has experimented with, while not without its fair share of criticism, has received widespread praise for its contributions to work-life balance and increased productivity. However, while it is human nature to look for “prescribed and designed solutions for problems”, a 6-hour mandate is not necessarily the answer. There is always more work to do, just as Leonardo da Vinci once proclaimed that art is never finished. Rather than put a fixed cap on our days as a solution to the age-old problem of work life balance, perhaps a look into the culture, our behavior, and how we manage problems would be a more beneficial solution. Rather than introducing a new fixed Read more: What Leonardo da Vinci can teach us about the six hour working day.
This D.C. Startup Wants to Make Healthcare More Accessible in Low-Income Areas
Elisa Wiseman, DCInno, June 14
Health service innovation researcher and family medicine physician Freya Spielberg is bringing changes to the D.C. healthcare marketplace with her social enterprise startup, Urgent Wellness. The company’s new healthcare system is bringing more convenient healthcare to some of the areas most vulnerable populations in a way that combines technology and health systems solutions. The company plans to open Urgent Wellness centers in places like housing projects and homeless shelters that will use telemedicine machines to treat patients in a timely manner. Spielberg hopes that Urgent Wellness will better track preventive care, provide health education, and make healthcare more sustainable—a win/win for primary care providers, patients, and for public health. Learn more: This D.C. Startup Wants to Make Healthcare More Accessible in Low-Income Areas.
Verizon and Alley Team up to Open Two Co-Working Spaces in D.C., Boston Areas
Samantha Sabin, DCInno, June 13
Verizon is expanding its business ventures to co-working spaces this fall, in a partnership with the co-working group Alley. The duo plan to open two spaces—one in Washington, D.C., and another in Cambridge, Massachusetts—to allow up to 200 startups to rent space and have access to Alley’s staff. Working together, Verizon will scout out its current vacant properties to convert and Alley will carefully vet each application to ensure that new members will be startups that “have an eye for growth of the community as a whole.” Read more about Verizon’s new venture: Verizon and Alley Team up to Open Two Co-Working Spaces in D.C., Boston Areas.
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