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, including why flexible work is now a make-or-break recruiting option.
How Women Can Use Remote Work to Advance Their Careers, and More News
Patricia Duchene, Forbes, March 12
Thanks to digital innovation, the workplace has continued to evolve at a steady rate in ways that have transformed how companies and people get things done. A rise in non-centralized, remote work has been a hallmark of this workplace transformation, along with increasing automation, more multigenerational workforces, and new ways of collaborating. The result? A disruption of entire industries, along with profound changes in how companies compete for business and for talented workers.
Karen Rubin, Fast Company, March 13
While remote work has brought great opportunities for some women, it also presents challenges that can make career goals more difficult to achieve. To beat back potential obstacles, women who work remotely should consider taking proactive steps to keep their careers on track. Three great steps to take include advocating actively on your own behalf; taking full advantage of opportunities to learn flexibly and remotely; and building meaningful relationships, including finding great mentors.
Lance Hastings, San Francisco Chronicle, March 18
Independent contractor jobs are helping to drive employment in California, with five new jobs created for every one independent job created. Written in reaction to a California Supreme Court ruling viewed as taking a narrow view on the definition of an independent contractor, this opinion piece discusses how technology has driven the creation of remote jobs. To stay abreast of tech-driven trends, the manufacturing sector in particular must encourage skills development and state-funded technical training.
Sara Bean, Workplace Insight, March 19
Grappling with low morale and a lack of motivation among your employees? A UK-based study found (not surprisingly) that 69% of London-based workers would be more motivated by greater salaries (percentages were lower outside of the London area.) What’s more, 61% said work-life balance was a crucial driver for career happiness, while 39% said flexible hours would make a big positive difference.
HR & Digital Trends, March 26
Flexible work options were a huge factor for companies looking to recruit and retain the best workers, according to a survey of more than 15,000 people in 80 countries. Some 83% of respondents worldwide said they chose their jobs based in part on flexible work options. Additionally, 82% of respondents said they’d consider turning down job offers if flexible work options weren’t part of the package. Among employers, 71% said offering flexible work helped them greatly expand their talent pool and hire the best job candidates.
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