I’ve noticed a change recently. Five years ago, when an organization wanted to make their workplace more flexible, nine times out of ten the presenting problem was attracting and retaining women, specifically mothers. Today, it’s all about the millennials, and providing the “work/life balance” and flexibility this group expects from an employer. As was the […]
The “Hidden” Productivity Link Between Work Flexibility, Personality Traits, and Emotional Well-Being
Typically, when we discuss the need for and benefits of work flexibility, it’s in the context of fitting work and personal life together. While important, it’s only one application. What if people were able to leverage flexibility in how, when and where work is done to optimize their natural personality traits, such as introversion, or manage their […]
“What if no one is around to do the work? And how do we maintain all of the good aspects of our culture that happen when we work together in the same place at the same time?” These are the two main questions leaders ask about building a high-performance flexible work culture. What they’re really […]
If you’ve ever set the daunting goal of work-life “balance,” you know it doesn’t exist. It’s not achievable, so working toward it feels exhausting. I realized that the “B” word wasn’t helpful almost 20 years ago, when I was talking to a senior leader in a large bank. I was trying to convince him he […]
Yesterday, I appeared on WNYC with host Manoush Zomorodi, New America’s Anne-Marie Slaughter, and writer Kashana Cauley to discuss work, life and flexibility from multiple perspectives. The segment is part of a series that I highly recommend called “Taking the Lead” which is currently airing on Zomorodi’s regular WNYC podcast, Note to Self. The series follows […]
Teleworkers More Likely to Pursue Wellness Options on Their Own Compared to Office-Based Counterparts
Despite employers investing millions of dollars to promote employee health, almost half of the U.S. workplace does not budge. The problem is that many organizations separate wellness, work life flexibility and other employee strategies into separate initiatives rather than linking them together to benefit both business and employee performance. It’s time to break down the […]
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. […]
“What’s your top how-to tip?” When I’m asked this question in almost every consulting engagement, speech and media interview, my answer is the same, “Stop looking for balance and start finding your unique work+life fit.” Over the years, my response has become even more emphatic. Why? Because “balance” is an anachronistic holdover from the Industrial […]
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. […]
According to the most recent news reports, there is a very good chance that New Jersey Transit will strike as early as this weekend. This means that as many as 65,000 New Jersey residents who work in Manhattan will have to find alternative, time-consuming ways to get to work. If you are an employer, you have two choices: Do you demand that all New Jersey-based employees do whatever it takes–no matter how long, or how stressful–to get into Manhattan? OR
Do you strategically encourage telework and allow employees use the time and energy they’d waste commuting more productively to get their jobs done? […]
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