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Workplace Flexibility: Neither for the Weak at Heart nor the Uncreative

Rose Stanley | Posted 11.03.2015 | Business
Rose Stanley

What do you think when you hear the term "workplace flexibility"? Is it a single program? Would it surprise you to know that, on average, companies offer six different types of flexible work options?

Small Business D.R.E.A.M.S.

Leigh Searl | Posted 10.20.2015 | Business
Leigh Searl

The strength of our nation lies with local economies and local economies thrive on the success of small businesses. When those businesses fail, the surrounding economy fails.

What Mothers Need on Labor Day, and Every Day

Nanette Fondas | Posted 09.07.2015 | Business
Nanette Fondas

Still, irksome workplace norms and beliefs remain, creating unnecessary stress and high hurdles for mothers. Scholars have been describing and studying different parts of this problem for years. Taken together, their research points to an anti-wish list for mothers.

5 Things You Need to Know About Telecommuting

Jacob Morgan | Posted 05.04.2015 | Business
Jacob Morgan

The debates around open vs. closed office spaces are continuing to heat up and I still think these debates are absolutely pointless. As I've said many times, the debate shouldn't be around cubicle or open space, it should instead be all about workplace flexibility.

Seven Must-Have Apps For Distributed Teams Doing Social Good

T.J. Cook | Posted 04.27.2015 | Impact
T.J. Cook

Last week I spoke with someone whose house was buried in four feet of snow outside Boston. A day later I joined a group discussing our creative approach for a financial literacy program for kids.

Telecommuting: How to Be a Shooting (Not Falling) Star

Beverly Troxtell | Posted 07.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Beverly Troxtell

The conscious change was critical to my survival. It made me a more effective, happy, and high-performing employee. It required me to work more efficiently. It accelerated and enhanced my job performance. And it enabled me to finally and happily live, reigniting my light and sending me on an upward trajectory.

Making telework more widespread in government

Tom Fox | Posted 05.13.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

Telework is slowly gaining a foothold in the federal government, but changing the attitudes of managers and supervisors who want to see their employee...

The Home Office Worker's Tale

Robin Hardman | Posted 04.06.2014 | Technology
Robin Hardman

I sat down to work a couple weeks ago, ready to tick off the first in a long to-do list. From what I could tell, this was a spectacular crash. An hour of frantic booting and rebooting, phone calls and "system restore," and I had to face the truth: My computer was one with the angels.

Workplace Flexibility: Engaging Managers for Success

Jennifer Sabatini Fraone | Posted 03.24.2014 | Business
Jennifer Sabatini Fraone

The National Workplace Flexibility Study engaged managers from three diverse organizations, representing different industries, through a process of training, support and coaching to empower them with the tools and skill sets they needed to maintain their teams' performance while working flexibly.

5 Steps to Successfully Adding a Telework Program at Your Company

Jessica Miller-Merrell | Posted 03.10.2014 | Business
Jessica Miller-Merrell

As someone who works from home myself and has since my first telecommuting job in 2007, I can tell you personally that there are challenges, benefits and opportunities that telecommuting can bring.

Teleworking and Technology: Why We Can Get a Land Rover on Mars But Can't Get IM on Our Desktops

Rose Stanley | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Rose Stanley

In a previous blog, I spoke about some teleworking results from WorldatWork's recently published Survey on Workplace Flexibility. This blog serves as a "part 2" discussing technology that enables teleworkers to work effectively and why some still are in the dark ages about using them.

Updates From My Inbox: New State and Local Work-Life Laws

Marcy Karin | Posted 11.06.2013 | Women
Marcy Karin

Here's hoping the government at all levels -- federal, state, and local -- continues to address the mismatch of the way American workplaces are structured and the needs of American workers.

A+ Balance or Barely Passing?

Cindy Auten | Posted 12.30.2013 | Parents
Cindy Auten

As National Work and Family Month comes to a close, take some time to think about what works for you and really practice balance. Spend time with your kids, encourage their development, set goals, and, most importantly, lead by example.

The Office is Obsolete

Julia Kurnia | Posted 12.28.2013 | Technology
Julia Kurnia

37signals just produced an excellent video about the benefits of working remotely. As the world's first international online peer-to-peer microlendin...

Teleworking Banned? 4 Facts That Say This Isn't the New Normal

Rose Stanley | Posted 12.24.2013 | Business
Rose Stanley

With all the press this past year about some very prominent companies rescinding their telework policies, I was very happy that it happened to coincide with the scheduled update of WorldatWork's Workplace Flexibility Survey.

HP & Yahoo's Telecommuting Breakup: It's Not You, It's Me!

Kenneth Matos | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Kenneth Matos

It might get some folks thinking that this is the beginning of mass telework jilting throughout Corporate America. But all indicators point to it maintaining strong relationships within the biggest and smallest employers in the country.

Lean In or Lean Back? How about Bend Down?

Margery Leveen Sher | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Margery Leveen Sher

These days, we have so much publicly-expressed angst among women and eminent advice-givers. But as we commemorate this National Work and Family Month,...

My Balancing Act

Cindy Auten | Posted 12.07.2013 | Business
Cindy Auten

Friday at 4:45 a.m. - The baby wakes up. The older sibling hears and also wakes up. It's not even close to dawn. Your "I'll work out before the kids wake up" is out the window.

Cruising Through Terrible Traffic Tuesday With Telework RoI

Cindy Auten | Posted 11.11.2013 | Technology
Cindy Auten

As you avoid the fender bender to the left and the five-mile backup to the right, the results page reminds you of the many reasons to offer employees the option to telework.

Telework Supernova

Cindy Auten | Posted 07.08.2013 | Business
Cindy Auten

Hosted by Mobile Work Exchange, Cisco, and Citrix, Telework Week 2013 attracted people with more force than ever before.

What's Goin' On?

Margery Leveen Sher | Posted 05.28.2013 | Business
Margery Leveen Sher

Yahoo! is a bit of a mess as a company. Marissa is a bit of a star as a corporate CEO. She must know something about turnaround. But... I wonder what she was thinking when she built a nursery for her baby next to her office, while cutting off any flexibility for her staff.

Hey! It's National Telework Week -- Where Is Everybody? (Part 2)

Kathie Lingle | Posted 05.18.2013 | Business
Kathie Lingle

National Telework Week came to an end on March 8 but this important conversation about workplace flexibility must continue.

Hey! Last Week Was National Telework Week -- Where Was Everybody?

Kathie Lingle | Posted 05.13.2013 | Business
Kathie Lingle

Decades of social science research provide more than sufficient practical and empirical evidence that optimizing the degree of control workers have over the conditions of their work results in measurable benefits for all organizational stakeholders: the workers themselves.

Let's Lean In to Updating Our Work Culture!

Joan Blades | Posted 05.12.2013 | Business
Joan Blades

Smart organizations are learning that they gain a great deal when they make it possible for new parents and workers with family responsibilities to slow down temporarily without being thrown from their top career track.

Telework's Snow Ball Fight

Cindy Auten | Posted 05.08.2013 | Business
Cindy Auten

With Telework Week 2013 ending on a high note, we now look at what we learned from the initiative and how we can improve even more.