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.

The Six Secrets of Effective Remote Working and Collaborating
Sophie Wade, Huffington Post, Dec. 18
1MFWF supporter Sophie Wade notes that with the increasing prevalence of distributed work teams, it’s becoming more important than ever for employers to implement best practices that help teams and organizations function smoothly. Companies and virtual bosses can optimize employee performance by understanding how remote team members may have different work patterns and schedules; providing an “enabling environment” that promotes communication; setting and managing expectations; and effectively measuring results. It’s also essential to establish strong virtual relationships and offering technological support. Read more: The Six Secrets of Effective Remote Working and Collaborating.

Most Americans Plan to Work Part-Time in Retirement—but Whether They Get to Is a Different Story
Maurie Backman, The Motley Fool, Dec, 18
Some 55 percent of Americans plan to continue working in retirement, estimates show, but many may find that part-time jobs are harder to come by than they anticipated. Reasons for wanting to continue working in retirement can include supplementing income and staying mentally and physically active. People who plan ahead, before they retire, may have better success finding work once they leave a full-time job and have more flexibility in their schedule. Read more: Most Americans Plan to Work Part-Time in Retirement—but Whether They Get to Is a Different Story.

Digital working puts people first
New Zealand Herald, Dec. 14
Despite dire predictions that digital innovations will de-humanize the workplace, the truth may be just the opposite: businesses may be encouraged by technology to take a much more “human-centric” approach. Rather than making digitalization the focal point, companies may instead use technology as a way to make people, and flexible work, the first priority, according to Ken Tunnicliffe, enterprise director of Vodafone. Said otherwise, the “digital workplace” is more about connecting people rather than focusing all resources on technology. Read more: Digital working puts people first.

Polycom: British Millennials Embrace it all on Work Conference Calls
Ian Taylor, UC Today, Dec. 13
Workers identified as millennials will make up 75 percent of the global workforce by 2025, one study projects. Conference calls and conferencing technology are among the tools that have been embraced by millennials who work flexibly. Already well-accustomed to technology, millennials have reported that they’ve participated in work-related conference calls from taxis, gardens, planes, trains, and buses—without “digressing from business objectives.” Read more: Polycom: British Millennials Embrace it all on Work Conference Calls.

Reduced hours do not necessarily lead to reduced workloads, study finds
Mark Eltringham, Workplace Insight, Dec. 8
Full-time workers who transition to part-time schedules may continue to do just as much work as before if they fail to redesign their jobs beforehand in anticipation of a reduced output. Failure to accommodate a shift from full-time to part-time may place a high degree of pressure on newly part-time employees, who could face disproportionately heavy workloads and unrealistic performance expectations. Managers can avoid potential problems by redesigning the part-time job in collaboration with the employee and other team members. Read more: Reduced hours do not necessarily lead to reduced workloads, study finds.

How A Flexible Work Culture Works For Everyone
Steve Price, Forbes.com, Dec. 8
As Chief Human Resources Officer for Dell Technologies, Steve Price shares first-hand knowledge about how technology can support team connectedness and provide flexible work approaches that help employees to “be their best and do their best work.”  What’s more, Price says, work flexibility makes for happier and more productive employees; helps attract top talent; and can benefit the planet by conserving resources and energy. Read more: How A Flexible Work Culture Works For Everyone.

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