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 2018 is the year of the flexible workforce. 

Work Flex News: 2018 – The Year of the Flexible Workforce, and More

Who Benefits from Workplace Flexibility?
Joan C. Williams, Lisa McCorkell, Susan Lambert, and Saravanan Kesavan, Slate, March 28

A new study focused on “rampant schedule instability” in the retail industry found that workers and businesses alike benefit from more stable, predictable schedule. The study, titled “Stable Scheduling Increases Productivity and Sales,” conducted in conjunction with the nationwide Gap retail chain, found that more consistent schedule helps employees find better work-life balance; helped managers streamline scheduling; and helped increase sales by 7 percent in Gap stores that participated in a pilot “intervention.” Who Benefits from Workplace Flexibility?

Flexible Work Arrangements Have Positive Impacts, Data Shows
Maurie Blackman, Motley Fool, March 24

Citing new research from the Flex Strategy Group, Motley Fool outlined a number of reasons why remote work flexibility has a positive impact on employees and the workplace. The benefits: 45 percent of workers say they communicate better; 60 percent of those surveyed said they’re more productive; and workers who receive training before diving into remote work say they’re better at it than those who weren’t trained. What’s more offering remote positions and other flexible options can help prevent employee burnout. Flexible Work Arrangements Have Positive Impacts, Data Shows

New “Smart Working” Rules to Reflect Modern Flexible Working Arrangements
Ogletree Deakins, March 20

In a flexible work development from overseas, the Italian Parliament has passed new “smart working” laws aimed at improving work-life balance, and home-based working conditions. Since flexible work arrangements are already fairly common in Italy, the article notes, the new laws are designed to regulate remote and flexible work conditions. The rules require that flexible work arrangements must be in writing, and provide other protections regarding work schedules and technical support. New “Smart Working” Rules to Reflect Modern Flexible Working Arrangements

Billionaire Richard Branson: 3 Reasons You Should Let Your Employees Work Remotely
Ruth Umoh, CNBC, March 13

Richard Branson, the billionaire founder of Virgin Group, has been a proponent of flexible and remote work since his first child was born in 2005. Given his own experience and those of his employees, Branson offers powerful reason for  companies to move toward work flexibility. For one, demand for flexible work is on the rise, and offering it makes employers more desirable. Moreover, research shows that flexible work helps cuts cost and keeps workers more productive and engaged. Billionaire Richard Branson: 3 Reasons You Should Let Your Employees Work Remotely

2018: The Year of the Flexible Workforce
Susan Hornbuckle – Kelly Services, Utah Business, March 8

This year may well be a tipping point in moving flexible work from the sidelines and more into the mainstream. Noting increased media coverage including an NPR series on “The Rise of the Contract Worker,” as well as a number of recent surveys, the article makes the case that “workplace flexibility is here to stay.” Employers who embrace this change will be better positioned to attract and retain top talent. 2018: The Year of the Flexible Workforce

The Benefits of Introducing Flexible Working
Jimmy English, HR Director Magazine, March 2

Aimed at hiring managers considering whether to offer flexible work, this overview explores the kinds of flexible options companies can consider when exploring what works for them. There’s are basic explanations of terms like “flextime” and “job sharing,” and a look at the business benefits of flexible work for companies and their team members. The article includes a link to a free white paper offering a more in-depth look at how businesses can use flexible working arrangements to strengthen their organizations. The Benefits of Introducing Flexible Working

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