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.
Proof grows that female executives bring bigger profits, but businesses still slow to act
Danica Kirka, U.S. News & World Report, March 23
Research shows that gender equality in the workforce is equated with higher financial returns, and yet women comprise only 2% of CEOs and 14% of senior managers and Vice Presidents. Greater work flexibility would increase opportunities for women to progress up the career ladder. Read more: Proof grows that female executives bring bigger profits, but businesses still slow to act.
Work From Anywhere but Home: Startups Emerge to turn you into a Globetrotting Digital Nomad
Steven Melendez, Fast Company, March 23
‘Digital Nomad’ is the term that international telecommuters have coined to describe working from anywhere in the world. As the trend continues to grow, telecommuting entrepreneurs are creating physical and digital resources for workers to access tax information, co-working spaces, and networking groups across Asia, Europe, and Latin America. Some of these sites report having as many as 8,000 users sharing resources on taking their jobs global. Learn more: Work From Anywhere but Home: Startups Emerge to turn you into a Globetrotting Digital Nomad.
Why Remote Work Thrives in Some Companies and Fails in Others
Sean Graber, Harvard Business Review, March 20
Remote work policies can help a company thrive and retain top-talent, yet some companies have scaled back on flex citing poor performance. What makes the difference between successful and unsuccessful telecommuting? CEO of Virtuali Sean Graber highlights three factors that determine success for virtual companies: communication, coordination, and culture. By understanding how these principles increase success, more companies can create viable flexible policies. Read more: Why Remote Work Thrives in Some Companies and Fails in Others.
Democrats Want To Guarantee Your Right To Seek A Flexible Work Schedule
Dave Jamieson, Huffington Post, March 18
Following models in Great Britain, Germany, and the Netherlands, Democrats in the U.S. recently introduced work flexibility legislation in the House and Senate. The Flexibility for Working Families Act would guarantee employees the right to ask for reasonable, flexible working accommodations, without punishment from their employer. Learn more about proposed legislation related to work flexibility: Democrats Want To Guarantee Your Right To Seek A Flexible Work Schedule.
Watch March Madness at work?
Ron Friedman, CNN , March 16
Increasing work performance and productivity generally doesn’t bring to mind getting the office together to watch sports, but 1MFWF supporter Ron Friedman suggests that maybe it should. Companies that embrace daytime sports watching events have noticed increased communication and profitability after encouraging their employees to participate in March Madness brackets and communal game-watching. For more about this team building idea, check out Watch March Madness at work?
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