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 news items not to miss, including why your employees might prefer working from a home office.

Is It Time to Let Employees Work from Anywhere?

Harvard Business Review, Prithwiraj (Raj) Choudhury, Barbara Z. Larson, Cirrus Foroughi

Based on a series of recent studies, companies that are considering implementing work-from-anywhere policies may do well to take specific steps for success. Those steps include granting employees “true autonomy and flexibility”; mandating a common set of technology tools; and providing periodic face-to-face meetups for employees within designated geographic areas. Work settings that are ripe for remote work can offer benefits to companies as well as their employees.

DHS Struggles to Attract, Retain Women to Its Workforce—Flexibility and Mentorship May Help, Caroline D’Agati

A report by the Government Accountability Office found that the Department of Homeland Security is lagging on the hiring of minorities and women. White women are leaving the agency’s workforce in greater numbers, and there’s an overall lower representation of both women and minorities. Lack of advancement and lack of alternative work schedules are among the factors contributing to the hiring and retention challenges.

Flexible Working Linked to Range of Business and Environmental Benefits

Loved Workplace, Kristen Senz

Employees at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office were the focus of an in-depth study on the benefits of working from home. Among the findings: employees were 4.4% more productive under a work-from-anywhere policy, compared to a traditional remote police that required workers to live near the office. Remote work can be a “win-win” for many companies for myriad reasons, including overhead cost savings for employers.

This Is What Leaders Need to Do to Prevent Work-Life Stress from Taking Over 

Fast Company, Tracy Brower

Employers have a responsibility for creating work environments that can help workers avoid work-related stress and achieve better work-life balance. Managers can set a good example by modeling the advantages of flexibility, including being transparent about their own use of flexible work options. Implementing flexible work policies that are fair to all employees can also have a huge impact, offering the same structure regardless of factors like marital or parental status.

Doing More with Less: Flexible, Reduced-Load Jobs a Win-Win for Workers, Employers

Science Daily, Purdue University

One innovative approach to flexibility is the so-called reduced workload model, an efficiency-focused option that eliminates “busy work” and offers flexible work arrangements to high-potential workers. Similar policies have taken hold in countries including the Netherlands, while support for the model is slowly being embraced by more U.S. companies. The approach has been met with resistance for several reasons, including a belief by some managers that shorter hours means less work is being done.

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