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Elon Musk Mandate Demonstrates RTO Hybrid Work Failures

Elon Musk’s recent return to office or resign mandate has generated much debate. I spoke with Forbes’ Jena McGregor, senior editor, Careers & Leadership, for her story about how his memo didn’t just demand a return to office, it promoted overwork. “The issue, say workplace experts: Employees today don’t just want flexibility about where they […]

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We need to take action to give Moms support

Yesterday, we honored moms…today, we need to take action to give moms the supports that help them, their children (our future!) and all of us thrive even if we don’t have young children ourselves: –Consistent, affordable, quality child care –Paid family leave –Equal pay, AND –Flexibility for moms, dads, and grandparents to fit work and […]

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Employees stayed where there was Flexibility

A new survey from McKinsey & Company looks at both quit and return to work trends as reported in this Forbes story by Emmy Lucas. And while flexibility ranked highest for why employees returned to work, during my interview I cautioned that flexibility is more than just remote/hybrid work. “Hybrid keeps people stuck, because it’s keeping us way […]

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Flexibility is just as Important as Compensation

This is going to be interesting… Investors and the SEC are now trying to identify and quantify the drivers that attract and retain human capital, AND also how to value human capital more effectively. BUT… They are focusing primarily on compensation (per the article), which may be easier to quantify and does matter to people, […]

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Workplace Podcast: Return to Office is not a Calendar Date

As the next round of return to office dates loom, I joined William Corless on his Workplace Podcast to discuss best practices and the right and wrong ways to think about hybrid and flexible work. I particularly enjoy my conversations with William, an organizational development and mediation expert based in Dublin, Ireland (this is my second […]

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An Example of High Performance Flexibility in Action

Micrsoft’s internal announcement will move to the company’s sixth and final stage of the hybrid work model, effective Feb. 28, 2022, provides great insights into high performance flexibility as a dynamic, responsive way of operating: –Health data has driven the onsite recalibration through the six stages of increased onsite presence during the pandemic. There wasn’t […]

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ESG and Flexibility – Interview with Prof. Alex Edmans (Full Interview)

Cali Williams Yost  Hi everybody. It’s such a privilege today for me to be talking with one of my academic heroes, Alex Edmans. Alex is a Professor of Finance at the London Business School and the Academic Director of the Centre for Corporate Governance. He graduated from Oxford University and then worked for Morgan Stanley in investment banking in London. He was on the […]

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Teleworkers More Motivated to Pursue Wellness on Their Own, Compared to Office Employees

Among the nearly two-thirds of full-time U.S. employees who say they do not participate in a workplace wellness program, teleworkers are more likely to pursue wellness options on their own compared to their office-based counterparts. However, about 45 percent of all employees – no matter where they work – do not participate in wellness-related activities either through their workplace or individually. […]

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“Want to Work Less?” All Hands Go Up. “But, You’ll Make Less Money” Most Hands Go Down

Carlos Slim and the founders of Google have identified very real challenges. They should be applauded for starting an important conversation. But any wholesale reduction or reconfiguration of the workweek will require new approaches to compensation, updated employment legislation, and revised team management processes, benefits calculations and internal cost accounting rules to succeed. That will be a heavy lift.
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