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 2019 is the year of the flexible workforce.
Stephanie Kasriel, World Economic Forum, January 10
Technology and robust employment go hand in hand, this article notes, with global unemployment rates at 5.2% in 2018, a 38-year low. As remote and freelance work continues to becomes the norm, employers will face increasing competition for top talent with many of the best job candidates working virtually, untethered to a specific location. Employers should prepare now by “embracing remote work, flexible scheduling, and the power of the platform.”
Charlotte Rogers, Marketing Week, January 11
A career and salary survey by Market Week found that work flexibility is growing in popularity across all sectors and professional levels in the marketing sector. Still, only 46.4% of marketers are able to capitalize on flexible work options. Additionally, taking a “career break” is an increasing desirable option for workers looking to step away from their day-to-day careers for a period of time, and come back rebooted and refreshed.
Michael Gerrity, World Property Journal, January 24
Employers are ditching the one-size-fits-all cubicle approach to workspaces in favor of more versatile work environments that cater to work flexibility, according to a survey of the U.S. office market. These flex-friendly options include coworking spaces; mixing traditional office environments with flex-friendly spaces; and (with fewer commuting workers) replacing parking lots and garages with coworking and “incubator-style” flex space.
Anne Donovan, Harvard Business Review, January 28
PwC, also known as PricewaterhouseCoopers, has long been a leader in remote working and job flexibility, and the company has learned a few lessons along the way. Among them: making flexibility equally available across the board; “tossing out the rule book” by encouraging behavioral changes and scheduling agility; and staying open to idea of allowing people to “work differently.”
Gene Balk, Seattle Times, January 30
The closure of the Alaskan Way Viaduct, a defunct elevated railway in Seattle, was expected to cause myriad traffic headaches (dubbed “Viadoom”). Instead, the lack of traffic woes has offered evidence of the impact of remote work. Employers, including private businesses, the University of Washington, and the Seattle city government, instituted new work-from-home options. But even before “Viadoom,” the remote work trend in Seattle was on the rise, increasing more than 50% from 2007 to 2017.
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