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.
Work-life balance ‘increasingly stressful for fathers’
Tom Espiner, BBC News, Jan 16
According to the Modern Families Index report in the UK, out of 2,750 parents surveyed, one in five fathers were working extra hours; one third reported regularly feeling burnt out; half desired a less stressful and more flexible job; and one third would take a pay cut in order to achieve better work-life balance. It is clear that fathers across the UK view the workplace as being unsupportive of their goals for a healthy work-life balance and as a result, risk creating the “fatherhood penalty,” similar to the “motherhood penalty,” in which parents follow a career path that is below their pay and skill set. Read more: Work-life balance ‘increasingly stressful for fathers’.
The workplaces of 2017 will see a revolution in design
Ishan Thacker, Your Story, Jan 7
Along with the changing face of the workforce comes the modification of workplace design. As millennials continue to populate the workforce in large numbers, companies are adopting workspaces that reflect the values of this generation: efficiency, mobility, flexibility, and adaptability. From open plan offices and modular workspaces to workplaces that invite the outdoors in, the design of the workplace is definitely changing. Learn more: The workplaces of 2017 will see a revolution in design.
The workplace of the near future will be agile, with robot bosses
Rex Huppke, Chicago Tribune, Jan 6
Human resources staffing and services company Randstad released a study that suggested by 2019, half of the U.S. workforce will be “agile workers,” or those working in freelance, consulting, contract, or temporary roles. Rex Huppke at the Chicago Tribune speculates that this trend may lead to another big change: management via artificial intelligence, or “robot bosses”. Read more: The workplace of the near future will be agile, with robot bosses.
How to address the gender pay gap in the workplace
Rachel Thompson, Mashable, Jan 5
New research suggests that the UK’s gender pay gap is lower than ever before for millennials, as small as five percent. However, this “narrowing of the gap is short lived,” as women over the age of 30 experience a pay gap of nine percent. Experts suggest that offering more flexible work arrangements, requesting equal pay reviews, and having conversations about work-flex early on, are all key to closing that gap. Read more: How to address the gender pay gap in the workplace.
Stop calling it ‘work-life balance’
Ben Peterson, Chicago Tribune, Jan 3
Ben Peterson, co-founder and CEO of BambooHR, calls for getting rid of the term “work-life balance” altogether, arguing that “work” and “life” aren’t separate things: “Just because we wear different hats doesn’t mean the hats turn us into somebody else.” Millennials know this better than anyone, and by 2025, they will comprise 75 percent of the global workforce. It’s time for companies to catch up. Read more: Stop calling it ‘work-life balance’.
New Guidance Issued on Telework and Dependent Care
FEDweek, Jan 4
The Federal Government recently released a series of guidelines in order to create an even more flex-friendly workplace. Recognizing the importance of offering flexibility in order to attract and retain top talent, their new report covers various aspects of work flexibility such as telework for elder and dependent care; telework following adoption, foster care, or childbirth; temporarily working from a different geographic location; and break time for nursing mothers. Learn more about this expanded framework: New Guidance Issued on Telework and Dependent Care.
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