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Workplace Flexibility

Five Ways Tech Companies Can Be More Family Friendly

Kelli Newman | Posted 10.29.2014 | Business
Kelli Newman

In honor of National Work and Family Month, the following are five suggestions for how tech companies can be more inclusive of workers with family obligations and, in the process, do a better job recruiting and retaining talented women.

What Men Really Want

Jennifer Owens | Posted 10.21.2014 | New York
Jennifer Owens

Flexible work comes in many shades. For my husband, it's about flex-time, which allows him to shift his work hours to leave early twice a week to pick our children up from afterschool.

The Counterintuitive, Competitive Advantage: Men with Workplace Flexibility

Karyn Twaronite | Posted 10.21.2014 | Business
Karyn Twaronite

In a refreshing and long overdue shift, men's desire for flexibility has come to the forefront this year, proving that this is not just a women's issue.

In 2014, Companies Are Still Asking Their Employees to Choose Between Work and Family

Allison O'Kelly | Posted 10.16.2014 | Women
Allison O'Kelly

It saddens me that in 2014, two of our most progressive and influential companies, Apple and Facebook, have decided to send the message to their female employees to delay childbirth to get ahead.

The Real Reason Women Should Lean In

Liz O'Donnell | Posted 10.14.2014 | Women
Liz O'Donnell

All to often a woman's time out of the office during her childbearing years is compounded by the time she takes off later to care for her parents and she suffers a significant lost in wages as a result.

Preparing for the Future of Work and the (Integrated) Pursuit of Happiness

Sophie Wade | Posted 10.10.2014 | Women
Sophie Wade

In moving to more customized work situations, responsibility and accountability also shifts towards the individual.

What the Overworked and Underemployed Have in Common

Robin Hardman | Posted 10.09.2014 | Business
Robin Hardman

The overworked, the underworked. The Great Divide. It's odd to wrap the phrase "work-life" around the situations of these two groups of people, yet it does apply to both. Each ultimately comes down to a lack of control over one's own time.

The "Right to Request" Flexibility

Rose Stanley | Posted 10.02.2014 | Business
Rose Stanley

One fear that some managers have in granting the request is that if they give it to one employee, they will have to give it to everyone. Because of that fear, what may occur is the original flexibility request goes under the radar and is a negotiated "deal" between that employee and their manager.

Predictable Schedules Offer Stability and Regular Pay to Hourly Workers

Ann O'Leary | Posted 10.01.2014 | Politics
Ann O'Leary

Across the country, 59 percent of all workers are paid hourly. Many of these workers get their schedules just a few days in advance, and sometimes that comes with a last-minute notice of reduced hours.

Why Should You Care About Working Mother's 100 Best Companies?

Jennifer Owens | Posted 09.17.2014 | Parents
Jennifer Owens

Increasing numbers of dual-income families means that these issues also hit home with working fathers -- fathers who are spending more hours parenting than ever before. But flexibility and the opportunity to learn, grow and advance are also a primary concern to Millennials

How Do You Work Best?

Great Work Cultures | Posted 09.16.2014 | Business
Great Work Cultures

When do you work best? Is it between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.? Or do you perhaps have the clearest head at 7 a.m. and trouble focusing in the afternoon? Is it only on Monday through Friday? Or do you sometimes struggle to think straight on Mondays, but have great ideas on Saturdays?

The Family I Didn't Expect to Find

SAS | Posted 09.16.2014 | Business
SAS

When you can love what you do, love who you do it with and still maintain a balance in your personal life, you have work utopia

Our Hidden Heroes Need Your Help!

Justin Constantine | Posted 10.29.2014 | Impact
Justin Constantine

Many of us who served in Iraq and Afghanistan have survived injuries that would have killed us in previous wars, and while that is of course a cause for celebration, it also demands incredible sacrifices by our caregivers.

The SAS Story: Building and Sustaining a Unique Culture

SAS | Posted 10.22.2014 | Business
SAS

I have worked at other companies where just leaving my desk to grab a quick bite to eat would leave me riddled with guilt. The reality is, if we aren't taking care of ourselves, productivity and creativity suffer.

40 Percent of American Workers Will Leave Paid Vacation Days Unused

Arianna Huffington | Posted 10.19.2014 | Travel
Arianna Huffington

An important new study released this morning by Travel Effect found that 40 percent of American workers will leave paid vacation days unused. The four reasons cited the most are the dread of returning from a vacation to piles of work (40 percent), the belief that no one will be able to step in and do their job for them while they're gone (35 percent), not being able to afford it (33 percent) and the fear of being seen as replaceable (22 percent). "Americans suffer from a work martyr complex," said Roger Dow, President and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association. "In part, it's because 'busyness' is something we wear as a badge of honor." Clearly, we need to work harder about working smarter -- by not working all the time. The "work martyr" complex needs to go the way of the Dictaphone, typewriter and green eyeshades as relics of the workplace of the past (okay, I like typewriters, but you get the idea).

Patience With the Unexpected

Megan McDonough | Posted 10.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Megan McDonough

Today did not go as expected. Rather the productive day in the office I had planned, a computer crash dictated an immediate visit to tech support an h...

Yoga-tta Be Mind Bendy: Your Brain on Yoga

Melissa Nordin | Posted 09.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Melissa Nordin

Our enthusiasm is infectious, our curiosity and trust is a treasure, and clearly our world is a brighter and more interesting place because we "do yoga." However, with all this attention on the HOW of yoga, we have managed to overlook the WHY of yoga.

The Hidden Value of Workplace Flexibility

Despina Katsikakis | Posted 09.09.2014 | Business
Despina Katsikakis

The complexity of our lives and ability to be connected anywhere demands workplace flexibility for us to be effective and engaged.

Big Business Finally Learns That Wellness Is Good Business

Arianna Huffington | Posted 09.04.2014 | Business
Arianna Huffington

2014 has been the year when the discussion of well-being has migrated from health and wellness magazines to business magazines. Wellness, and how to integrate it into our work lives, has become the hottest topic in the business pages. And that should come as no surprise. Because, though it would be nice if this change were simply because of altruism, what's happening is that big business is finally realizing that the health of their employees and the health of their bottom line are inseparable. In other words, big business has learned that wellness is good business, even in the boiler room of burnout -- Wall Street and the financial sector.

Work, Family and the White House

Brad Harrington | Posted 08.27.2014 | Business
Brad Harrington

Over the past several weeks, the Boston College Center for Work & Family has had the privilege of participating in two events sponsored by the White H...

The 'Right to Request': Workplace Flexibility Takes Leaps and Bounds

Sophie Wade | Posted 08.27.2014 | Business
Sophie Wade

‎Whatever one's affiliation, companies' shareholders will be best served all round if leaders are well informed about "Right to Request" flexible working policies and adopt them. Let's build upon the current progress and these announcements and continue to stride forward. O

Family-Friendly Workplace Policies Are Not Frills -- They're Basic Needs

Barack Obama | Posted 08.23.2014 | Politics
Barack Obama

President Barack Obama blogs for HuffPost.

Driving Workplace Flexibility for All

Neera Tanden | Posted 08.23.2014 | Business
Neera Tanden

How can we build a 21st century workplace that supports thriving employees, growing businesses, and healthy economies all at once? At the heart of this conversation is workplace flexibility. In other words, how do we create a flexible and inclusive work environment that enables employees to meet their responsibilities both at work and at home?

Considering a Shared Office? Ask These 5 Questions First

Frank Chalupa | Posted 07.27.2014 | Small Business
Frank Chalupa

Whether you're a freelancer, contractor or small business owner looking to leave the home office, it's important to find a workspace that's both affordable and free of distractions that can undermine productivity and hurt your professional image.

Celebrating Passion and Purpose

Lisa Duncan | Posted 07.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Lisa Duncan

Today I'm celebrating the role that being a mom has made in our business. And you know what?  It's a pretty damn awesome role, filled with passion and purpose.