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Resolve the Clash Between Flexibility and Traditional Work Practices

Does it feel like the clash between the flexible work expectations of younger employees and your organization’s traditional work practices has escalated? If it does, you are not alone. Even employers on every “best of” work flexibility list face the challenge. Recently, I had lunch with a leader from a “best of” company. At one […]

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The Tornado and My Rapid Reset

How prepared are you and your organization to flexibly, and rapidly reset the way work is done in response to an unexpected event (e.g. weather, cyber-attack, transit strike)? I experienced a dramatic and unexpected work+life fit reset on Halloween when an EF1 tornado roared through our New Jersey town in the middle of the night. No one […]

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“Flex” Your Business Model to Seize Market Opportunities and Address Challenges

Several segment leaders across different industries made headlines for “flexing” their traditional business models to seize market opportunities and address operating challenges. These nimble businesses reimagined how, when and where work could be done. In the process, they showed that work flexibility is much more than an HR perk, digital app or workspace redesign. Instead these savvy […]

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Secrets of the Work+Life Fit “Naturals”

This week, to celebrate “15 Years of Work+Life Fit”, I am sharing one of my favorite excerpts from my book, Tweak It. Where we were: When I wrote Tweak It, I wanted to share what I learned studying the people I call the Work+Life Fit “Naturals”.  Individuals who just seemed to take control of how […]

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15 Years of Work+Life Fit

A colleague recently surprised me when she said, “Did you know your first book, “Work+Life” came out fifteen years ago?” After recovering from the initial shock of how quickly a decade and a half flew by, I realized this anniversary was an excellent opportunity to do three things: Reflect on where we were back then […]

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5 Ways Employers Unlock the Strategic Power of Vacation

It’s no secret that employers are waging a talent war. Vacation or paid time off (PTO) can be one of the most powerful tools in an organization’s recruitment and engagement arsenal but is significantly underutilized. That’s according to an article for which The Washington Post recently interviewed me, “The one benefit workers want more than anything […]

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Tips to Manage Accessibility and Responsiveness at Work

From the extremes of Millennial/Gen-Z #hustle culture to the pending “Right to Disconnect” legislation in New York City, we continue to grapple with how to set better boundaries around, and within, our jobs.  Clocks and walls no longer tell us where work ends, and the other parts of life begin. Back in the day, we didn’t need to be […]

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Radical Changes in the Way We Work Require a New Approach to Public Policy

At 12 noon today, the 116th United States Congress will convene. This changing-of-the-guard marks a historic opportunity to bring the policy debate related to healthcare, retirement, education, income stability and taxation into the 21st Century and acknowledge radical changes in the way we work.   And that doesn’t even include paid family leave, on which I’ve […]

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Boards Can’t Ignore the Lure of a Flexible Workplace

“Boards can’t ignore the lure of a flexible workplace.”  That’s the headline of an article I authored in the latest issue of Directors & Boards, a quarterly journal dedicated to the topics of leadership and corporate governance. The article’s publication is an important milestone in the evolution of work flexibility from an optional “nice to […]

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Building High Performing, Flexible Work Cultures

Grateful to Jen Arnold, host of the Redesigning Wellness podcast, for the opportunity to discuss the important, and too often overlooked, link between wellness and work flexibility. When you encourage and teach people how to leverage work flexibility, they are able to fit all of those important wellness-related activities that companies pay handsomely to promote […]

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Strategizing the Flexible Workplace

Traditionally, work flexibility has been the sole domain of HR.  But, increasingly, I see Facilities teams in organizations, and the vendors that serve them, initiate the flexible work culture change process because transforming the workspace can be a great opportunity to rethink how, when and where work is done more broadly. Check out the insightful questions […]

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Jeff Bezos is Right about Work-Life Balance, But…

This post originally appeared on LinkedIn. “Word! Halleluiah! Amen!” That was my reaction when I heard Jeff Bezos dropped an important truth bomb we all needed to hear—“work-life balance” IS indeed a debilitating phrase. Not necessarily because there is a strict trade-off as Bezos implied, but because balance does not exist! This is an argument I’ve been […]

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Sometimes Remote Work Policies Must Die for Flexible Work Cultures to Thrive

Every time I read a headline like “IBM Ends Remote Work” I do two things. First, I dig deeper to find out what’s really happening. Usually, it’s not that “remote work” is ending. It’s that a specific formal policy has been discontinued or scaled back. In the case of IBM, it was a full-time work-from-home policy. The second thing […]

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NYTimes Mag Gets It Right–“Work-Life” a Top Business Trend

This past Sunday, The New York Times Magazine ran a special “Work” issue. We’re honored that the article featured our research and the innovative flexible work culture initiatives of two of our clients, BDO USA and CECP. But, what really matters is that The New York Times got it right: “Work-Life” is a top business trend. […]

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