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.
White House Vows Fight Against Alzheimer’s, Better Nursing Homes
Kimberly Leonard, U.S. News & World Report, July 13
Offering work flex options and improving family leave were on the forefront of solutions offered by President Barack Obama during the Conference on Aging at the White House. With a projected aging population of 80 million Americans by 2050, caring for and preparing for a larger population would be eased through workplace flexibility. Work flexibility continues to show its importance to employees and their families. Read more: White House Vows Fight Against Alzheimer’s, Better Nursing Homes.
How To Hire and Manage Remote Employees
Sara Sutton, Fast Company, July 13
Companies can benefit greatly by implementing hiring and managerial best practices in place around remote work. 1MFWF founder, Sara Sutton, discusses the importance of shifting expectations and goal setting to create a cohesive, happy, and productive remote workforce. If you are considering offering telecommuting in your company, check out: How to Hire and Manage Remote Employees.
Presenteeism over productivity: why flexible working needs a rebrand
Lottie O’Conor, The Guardian, July 6
The idea that flexible working is only needed by working mothers can wrongly feed into the idea that only the unambitious need flexible work. The reality is flexible work options benefit all workers, with or without children. Looking at how to create a cultural change in the workplace requires focusing on productivity instead of being present. To break this down, we must examine these perceived assumptions. See more: Presenteeism over productivity: why flexible working needs a rebrand.
Technology and Inclusion Will Shape the Future of Remote Work
Nicole Fallon, Business News Daily, July 6
Greater access to technology, like videoconferencing and broadband internet connection speeds, have facilitated increasing numbers of workers to work remotely. Sean O’Brien, executive vice president of strategy at PGi says, “Our world is evolving so that work is no longer a place, but an amalgamation of digital and physical work happening through independent, team and cross-functional collaboration.” By incorporating more technology that allows instant communication and improves remote working conditions, employers will be able to be highly productive and competitive. Read more: Technology and Inclusion Will Shape the Future of Remote Work.
U.S. has a lousy work-life balance
Kristen Doerer, PBS Newshour, July 3
According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD,) the United States is considered highest in jobs, earnings, and housing conditions. But on other work-life balance measures, the U.S. performs abysmally. This is not because U.S. workers don’t want work-life balance, but because it lags behind on policies including paid parental leave, flexible work hours, and universal childcare. For more, check out: U.S. has a lousy work-life balance.
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