Gone are the days when people thought that work flexibility was something only working moms wanted or needed. Studies show time and time again how flex can help every worker at some stage in their career. And (surprise, surprise) employers also greatly benefit from work flex, too.
But that’s where it stalls. Despite decades of research, the swing towards work flexibility being an accepted practice in the workplace as a whole has remained, ironically, fairly inflexible. That’s why it’s important for people to share their stories about how flex has impacted their lives for the better. It’s not just enough to ask for and receive flexibility at your job; it’s up to each individual to keep talking about the issue in the hopes that it will inspire other workers to recognize that they are entitled to work flex, too. Only then can we change the face of the workplace once and for all in favor of flex.
At 1 Million for Work Flexibility, we’ve shared stories from people from all walks of life. Here is just a sampling of the stories we’ve featured:
Stories About Work Flexibility and Health
- A mom of four is diagnosed with breast cancer, but is still able to continue working at the job she loves because of her flexible schedule: www.workflexibility.org/how-cancer-made-work-flexibility-a-necessity-for-a-working-mom/
- One woman suffers panic attacks until she’s able to find the flexibility that allows her to look after herself and do her job at the same time: www.workflexibility.org/no-time-for-me/
Stories About Work Flexibility and Parenting
- This work-at-home dad appreciates all the benefits he’s seen from flexibility: www.workflexibility.org/work-at-home-dad-discovers-many-benefits-of-flexible-working/
- A firefighter’s wife learns how to ask for—and get—a telecommuting job with work flex: www.workflexibility.org/work-flexibility-helps-firefighter-wife-continue-career/
Stories About Work Flexibility and Spouses
- With her mother and sister as work flex role models, our 1MFWF director learned how to pursue the flex that she needed in her own life: www.workflexibility.org/flexibility-runs-in-the-family/
- One young couple is able to make a decision together to return to their hometown, thanks to flexibility: www.workflexibility.org/work-flexibility-brings-young-couple-back-to-their-roots/
In order for work flexibility to become an option for all workers, we need to keep the conversation going. Read more personal stories of how work flexibility has had a positive impact in people’s lives, and share your own story by joining the 1MFWF movement!
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