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 […]
It’s one thing for me to passionately extol the virtues of shifting from work-life “balance” to work+life “fit.” It’s quite another for someone else to explain why it makes a difference for them. During a recent Knowledge@Wharton interview on SiriusXM, Morra Aarons-Mele, author of Hiding in the Bathroom: An Introvert’s Guide to Getting Out There When […]
“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 […]
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 […]
(A few months ago, I delivered the opening keynote at the College and University Work and Family Association (CUWFA) annual conference at Emory University. While in many companies the responsibility for addressing work-life related issues no longer rests with one person, that is not the case for higher education. As the strategic importance of traditional […]
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 […]
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 […]
NEW Research: Discontinue Remote Work and Flexibility, Undercut Productivity and Collaboration Gains
New national research suggests lack of strategy and training is to blame, not the flexibility Flexibility in where, when and how you work – including remote work – leads to innovation, as well as communication, creativity, productivity and engagement, according to new national research from the Flex+Strategy Group (FSG). This is among the key findings […]
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 […]
You are a leader. It’s the Friday before Labor Day. You walk into the office and see only a handful of employees physically at their desks. No big deal or a problem? Last month, on the Friday before the July 4th holiday, one of my clients arrived to find only a skeletal staff on site. Her first thought was, […]
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