Three years ago this month, the 1 Million for Work Flexibility movement was launched to help ensure that workers have better access to flexibility in when and where they do their jobs. These options not only lead to happier and healthier workers, but also provide economic benefits to both employees and employers.
The movement now stands strong as a coalition of more than 100 organizations, including groups as diverse as Working Mother, Thomson Reuters, Catalyst, Humana, the Boston College Center for Work & Family, as well as a membership of thousands of individuals including moms, dads, millennials, freelancers, military spouses, and entrepreneurs, and more. Clearly, the movement has gained significant momentum during the last three years, but that doesn’t mean its work is anywhere near complete.
1MFWF continues to strive to change workplace culture by engaging the individuals who want and need flexibility, as well as by working together with the corporate headquarters driving progress towards a flexible 21st century workplace.
To further foster that cooperation, and in conjunction with the third anniversary of 1MFWF, we are proud to launch a new showcase of the reasons people are joining 1MFWF.
For example, people like Duane of Carrollton, Texas, are looking to increase their involvement as parents. He said he wants flexibility so he can “be a better dad to my 9-year-old son.”
Others are trying to avoid time-wasting and environment-damaging car trips. As Irina of Stony Point, New York, said it, “My daily commute is four hours, sometimes more. I miss my family!”.
For those who have provided military service, flexibility gives important options. “As a disabled U.S. Army veteran, working from home allows me to still contribute and provide,” said Matthew of Wheatland, California.
Some people want more control over their work lives so they can give back to their communities, like Paula of Everett, Washington, who wants “freedom to have time to volunteer and help others.”
And other coalition members want to take advantage of the business benefits that flex work can bring. Kimberly of Thayer, Missouri, commented that flexibility “greatly increases opportunities for those of us who live in rural settings.”
There are dozens of reasons to join the 1MFWF cause, and the website is full of helpful resources for people who are already enjoying flexibility, as well as those who are trying to create a corporate culture that supports flex.
No matter which description most accurately reflects your situation, now is the time to bring others into the fold. We can continue to build an even stronger movement if you help 1MFWF celebrate its third anniversary by inviting three of your friends or colleagues to join.
Send them the link to the website (www.workflexibility.
Speak up. Spread the news. Get involved. Be one of the million.
The future of work is in our hands. Let’s make sure it’s flexible.
NOTE TO THE MEDIA: 1 Million for Work Flexibility spokespeople and experts are available to comment on a variety of work flex issues, including how best to request flex schedules from employers, the benefits of work flex to employees and employers, and specific challenges faced by specific groups of employees, such as parents or military families. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.