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 2019 is the year of the flexible workforce.

Flexible Workers Take Less Leave and Are More Productive, Survey Claims

Grant Bailey, The Independent, December 4

A U.K.-based survey has found that workers who have flexible work options have a higher productivity rate and are less likely to go on leave. The survey of 3,000 workers (1,500 with flexible schedules and 1,500 who work traditional schedules) also concluded that job candidates looking for work were increasing inclined to ask about workplace flexibility during the interview phase of a job search.

Workplace Trends for 2019 Include Flexibility, Digital Sophistication

StaffingIndustry.com, December 5

Low unemployment rates are having a major impact on workplace flexibility, according to trends tracked by Randstad, a provider of HR, staffing, and hiring services. The article identifies eight trends, including constant digital disruption as a norm; company culture as a benchmark for potential applicants; and training-from-anywhere options as an expectation.

Flexible Working for the Inflexible Workplace

Heidi Vella, Raconteur.net, December 5

Bringing work flexibility into traditional workplaces requires a few key steps, such as implementing flexible work strategies from the top; offering flexibility as part of a compensation package to attract the best talent; and finding creative ways to incorporate flexible work options across the organization. Innovative thinking about work flexibility can increase the chance of turning it into a viable workplace option.

The Best Way to Ask for a Flexible Work Arrangement

Ned Ehrbar, December 7

Workers who are looking for ways to persuade their organizations to let them work flexibly can benefit from an in informed, focused strategy. An employee looking to work flexibly, who understands their company’s existing work policies and how a flexible work schedule can dovetail with organizational goals, can be ahead of the game. Making a professional pitch to incorporate flexibility can help workers increase their chances of getting it.

Improve Workplace Flexibility for a More Liveable Future

Web Desk, The Week, December 19

The more people who can work from home and avoid commuting, the better off the environment may be—makes perfect sense. A study of workplaces in 16 countries around the world predicted not only a huge rise in work flexibility options by 2030, but a tremendous positive impact on the environment as well. In addition to an annual carbon emission reduction, the U.S. could see a reduction of 960 million hours in commuting time by 2030.

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