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 using work flexibility to manage and motivate workers during the summer slump.
Fast Company, Addam Marccote
The “summer slump” is a notorious work phenomenon across many industries. Managers who accept the “new normal” of employees working from home, especially in the summer months, can use remote work as a tool to make sure productivity remains steady. Staying connected through videoconferencing and other platforms and building an internal company culture that embraces remote work as an expectation, rather than a perk, can help keep morale high and work projects on track.
A four-day workweek, even on a limited basis, can be the linchpin of a company’s flexible work policy. Thanks to a 50-year low in the nation’s unemployment rate, an increasing number of employers are embracing the four-day workweek to attract and retain top talent. Companies are offering variations of the policy like four 10-hour days, or shortening the workweek to a total of 32 hours, in an effort to offer employees better work-life balance.
CNBC, Paul Pellman
Maine is breaking new ground with its new sick leave policy by allowing workers to use the time off for events other than personal or family illness. The law, which goes into effect in January 2021, requires companies with 10 or more employees to provide one hour off for every 40 hours worked, with a maximum of 40 hours off per year. Employers have increasingly recognized that such time-off flexibility “improves productivity, lowers stress, and results in better mental health.”
Workplaceless Launches Remote Work Certification Program to Support Growing Demand of Remote Careers
HR Technologist, Mayuri Chaudhary
Workplaceless, the remote work education provider, has launched an online learning program designed to help companies assess their remote readiness and shift to a remote-ready environment. Called Goplaceless, the remote work certification program will help employers “create the policies, processes, and tools to launch effective and sustainable remote work programs.”
Entrepreneur, Harsh Lambah
A business that “puts flexible working at its heart” can greatly benefit by gaining an empowered workforce, especially working mothers who are looking for better work-life integration. Offering flexible work policies can be a smart strategy to address the dearth of women in top management roles at many companies. Managers would do well to explore flexible options beyond the occasional remote workday, or part-time jobs, which usually come with a decrease in salary.
The Conversation, Silvia Bonaccio
Work flexibility is an optimum way to attract more talented job candidates who are living with disabilities. The costs and benefits of implementing work flexibility doesn’t change based on who the employee is; they’re the same for people with or without disabilities, research shows. Employers should be aware that disabilities can include a range of conditions, from arthritis to mental health issues.
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