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: National Flex Day 2018, and More
Kim Christfort and Suzanne Vickberg, Quartz at Work, October 11
Different working styles can make a huge difference in bringing teams together to work productively. The authors, both part of the Deloitte Greenhouse Experience group, make the case for recognizing how people work differently as a way to strengthen relationships and improve communication. The article’s premise is that “sometimes you need to tweak your style to adjust to other people’s needs, while also being true to yourself.” In other words, work flexibility is not just about flexible schedule or hours, but also about being more flexible within the context of collaborating with others.
KCBS Blog, October 16
This article highlights National Flex Day, which was celebrated on October 16 in conjunction with National Work and Family Month. 1 Million for Work Flexibility partnered with our sister site, FlexJobs, to help raise awareness about the rise and significance of work flexibility. The highlight of this article is an imbedded interview with Brie Weiler Reynolds, FlexJobs’ senior career specialist and coach.
Lelia Gowland, Forbes, October 26
The focus of this article is a step-by-step plan you can adapt to begin working flexibly. The author notes some of the many ways employees can benefit by working flexibly, including increased productivity and efficiency, more time with family and loved ones, more time for personal interests, and even time to launch a business. Negotiating with a work supervisor to devise a flexible work schedule can be a useful first course of action to coming up with a schedule that allows for greater work freedom, the author contends.
Enterprise Innovation, October 24
A comprehensive analysis of changing workplace practices concluded that the shift toward greater work flexibility could bring in as much as $10 trillion to the U.S. economy by 2030. A group of independent economists studying workplace transformation in 16 countries found that “technology disruption” and other factors will bring big economic benefits to companies and countries, as well as personal benefits to individual workers. The study was commissioned by Regus, a global provider of flexible workplaces.
HR News, October 31
Some 67% of workers have missed major life events, from a child’s school-related activity to a family funeral, because of inflexible work policies, according to a study conducted by Liberty Mind, a UK-based organization dedicated to workplace well-being. Even though the UK implemented a national Flexible Working Policy in 2014, there has been little impetus or follow-up to put the program into place. Nor surprisingly, some 87% of people surveyed said they would change jobs to get better work flexibility.
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