Welcome to the 1 Million for Work Flexibility blog! I can’t tell you how happy I am to write this post. I am so hugely excited about the opportunity this initiative represents on a broad scale, because personally, 1 Million for Work Flexibility is the culmination of my lifelong belief in and passion for the importance of having balance in your life.

In hopes of giving you a better idea of why we’re doing what we’re doing, and why you should join us, I’ll share why work flexibility is so important in my mind.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve had “life is a great balancing act” as my mantra. It goes back to the picture above, when as a child, I was fascinated with this picture of people working and balancing, both as individuals and as a team, to achieve something amazing. Throughout my life I’ve learned that if I let myself go too far in any important area of my life (whether by choice or necessity), other areas will show signs of distress.

A while back, I found myself at a crossroads in my work-life balancing act as I was pregnant with my first son and working at a job that offered little work flexibility. I knew I wanted to be more available for my soon-to-be family, so I started looking for a job that would be a better fit. I quickly realized how challenging that was, whether I looked for telecommuting options, flexible schedules, a part-time job, or a freelance contract. My experience made such an impression on me that I decided to start a company, FlexJobs, to provide an easier way to find professional, legitimate, and flexible jobs.

Work flexibility has been an integral part of our culture and mission at FlexJobs, and I’ve been thrilled and honored to focus on work flexibility every day as we help people find flexible jobs. But I’ve known I’ve wanted to do more, and have long been wondering how I could raise more awareness of the importance of work flexibility.

The lightbulb finally came on one day this past summer when the idea for 1 Million for Work Flexibility popped in my head.

The aim with this project is far beyond just me. We have a great team of people who have helped to get us to this point, both within FlexJobs and beyond. We have a wonderful and growing coalition of companies, nonprofits, and business leaders on board to show their support for work flexibility and spread the word.

And now, in order to truly change workplace culture, it is critical to engage the individuals who want or need work flexibility. We want to give you—and a million others who think work flexibility is a good thing—a way to show your support and make a difference. We need your help! If you think work flexibility is important in 21st century workplaces, join us as one of the million today. And then tell all of your friends to join too!

photo credit: Sara Sutton