Two things have become increasingly clear: School in the fall will be some form of onsite/remote learning model. Complicating matters is the fact that different school districts and even different grade levels will have different schedules. As a result, parents will not be able to return to anything close to a “normal” work schedule. Whether […]
Last week, I took my first official vacation since the start of the pandemic. Honestly, I didn’t realize how much I needed a break until I sat down with my book and a cup of tea. Gazing at the water, I just let myself breathe for what felt like the first time in months. Like […]
Monday morning we woke up to additional states and cities announcing “shelter in place” and “stay home” mandates. That means this week even more organizations and employees find themselves working remotely and flexibly for the first time. It’s not too late to take action. Leaders still have time to help their organizations make the remote and flexible workplace pivot. And, in doing so, […]
Parents across the U.S. and their employers woke up this morning with a new and daunting reality — how to work, care for and educate the estimated 32 million children who may be home from school for the foreseeable future. Here are a few tips to help leaders and parents partner to flexibly fit work, life, school, and […]
This week, the coronavirus (or COVID-19) took a more serious turn in the U.S. with warnings that it could very well impact how, when, and where we work: “Disruption to everyday life may be severe,” Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, cautioned at a news conference Tuesday. “Schools could be closed, […]
My husband, Andy, and I kicked off the new year by co-presenting to 25 college students from our alma mater, Bucknell University, who participated in a week-long leadership intensive over their January break. This was a hand-picked group of impressive, motivated young people. All had to apply for acceptance into the program, and most were from the school’s Management […]
In a matter of days, organizations have gone from contingency planning for the coronavirus/COVID-19 to having to rapidly execute a 100% remote work crisis plan for employees with jobs that will allow it. Suddenly, more and more organizations that have little to no experience with work flexibility find themselves implementing the most extreme form–100% remote work. Any implementation […]
How do you implement a flexible work crisis plan that keeps everyone healthy, safe and as productive as possible during a very challenging period when remote work isn’t an option for certain jobs or organizations? “Flexing” where people work is getting the most airtime and attention, but flexing when and how people can work together is another option to consider. […]
When I read the recent New York Times article, “Young People are Going to Save Us All from Office Life,” I had two reactions. First, I thought it clearly outlined why the traditional work model, under disruptive pressure for years, is broken as employers grapple with the next generation’s inherently flexible approach to work and life. […]
Initially, when I talk to a leader about reimagining how, when and where their people work, they’ll often say, “oh, they already have work flexibility.” They aren’t wrong. According to our 2018 research, 98% of full-time U.S. workers said they had some degree of flexibility in the way they work and manage their lives. What’s missing […]
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