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.

Stop Blaming Black Women for the Black Maternal Health Crisis and Start Blaming American Workplaces
Roselyn Miller, Slate, Jan. 15
Black women are two to three times more likely to die from pregnancy complications, and often, the stresses of racial discrimination and deteriorating work conditions may be to blame in large part. Recent disclosures in an article in Nation magazine and a recent book How All Politics Become Reproductive Politics by Laura Briggs, discuss how racial inequality in the American workplace (including a lack of access to flexible work) and in the job market may be major stressors for black women. Lack of healthcare through employment is another factor contributing to reproductive and health issues for black women and their children. Read more: Stop Blaming Black Women for the Black Maternal Health Crisis and Start Blaming American Workplaces.

100 Top Companies with Remote Jobs in 2018
Brie Weiler Reynolds, FlexJobs, Jan. 15
FlexJobs, our sister website, has released its fifth annual survey of the top 100 companies with remote jobs. To come up with the ranking, FlexJobs analyzes the hiring histories of more than 49,000 flexible companies in the FlexJobs database. To make the cut, employers must offer remote-friendly jobs year-round, meaning the company must hire for positions offering some level of telecommuting, from 100% to work-from-home options. The FlexJobs list confirms that remote work is not a perk or passing trend, but instead is a standard way to work that’s here to stay. Read More: 100 Top Companies with Remote Jobs in 2018.

How does flexible working fit into the modern workplace?
JLL Staff Reporter, JLL, Jan. 9
Mounting research shows how work flexibility can help employers hire and retain top candidates. That’s a development employers should note as they seek to hire millennials, “Gen Z digital natives,” and other workers demanding greater work flexibility. To find the right workplace mix, leaders should strive for a “human-centric” workplace model that keeps workers engaged and happier, and helps organizations keep performance levels high.  Read More: How does flexible working fit into the modern workplace?

Area retention programs focus on what people want: family-friendly policies
Melanie Plenda, SentinelSource.com, Jan. 8
A societal shift in how companies view their workers is helping to put the “human” back in “human resources” by acknowledging that employees are spouses, parents, and family members who value family-friendly workplace policies. In the Monadnock region of southwestern New Hampshire, an increasing number of businesses are  embracing flex time, family leave, telecommuting, and living wages to help their workers achieve healthier work-life integration. Read more: Area retention programs focus on what people want: family-friendly policies.

Mayor Durkan should encourage CEOs to support telecommuting
Mark Armstrong, The Seattle Times, Jan. 5
In Seattle, there’s a move afoot to embrace work-from-home policies as a way to forestall the city’s increasing traffic headache and gridlock-related problems. Seattle is the fastest-growing city in the U.S., and some advocates are pressing Mayor Jenny Durkan to encourage companies to let employees work from home where possible, and help Seattle become a role model as the nation’s “Remote Work City.” Read more from Mark Armstrong, editor for the distributed company Automattic: Mayor Durkan should encourage CEOs to support telecommuting.

Want to Work From Home? Here’s the Best Advice from 3,000 People Who Are Doing It Right
Bill Murphy Jr., Inc.com, Jan. 5
A recent survey from Houzz, the home design and decorating company, received more than 3,000 responses from community members about what makes a great home-based work environment. Inc. reviewed those responses, along with other work-from-home tips, to come up with a list of nine tips for working from home more efficiently and happily. Top strategies include setting up a dedicated workspace; a willingness to move around to other work areas outside of a main “hub”: and splurging on equipment to help do your work right. Read more: Want to Work From Home? Here’s the Best Advice from 3,000 People Who Are Doing It Right.

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