Articles tagged 'Flex work'

Global HR, Legal Issues

Hong Kong: Workplace Policies That Embrace the Best of East AND West

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By Alice Wang

Hong Kong is not just a pivotal financial center of Greater Asia with soaring towers and enigmatic business opportunities; it also embraces traditions and honors family-oriented values.

Following my earlier article on Employment and Workplace Challenges in Hong Kong, let’s discuss some of the practical implications and recent developments in Hong Kong’s employment arena. Read more…

HR News & Trends, News

Weekly Wrap: Flex Work Is Growing, So Why Aren’t More Women Doing It?

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Everyone knows that flex work (or telework, or whatever else you call it) has been on the rise, and last year’s prolonged debate when Yahoo decided to get rid of the option for their workforce exposed the strong feelings that so many have about it.

That’s why some new research from the Flex+Strategy Group and Work+Life Fit, Inc. (FSG/WLF) is pretty interesting as it digs into this workforce trend that so many feel so very passionately about.

The key findings were somewhat surprising. Read more…

Talent Management

Finding Flexibility: Helping Managers Cope With Flexible Work Solutions


One of the great myths of management is that supervisors want their employees to work long hours. Many employees think their hours are 9 to “whenever my boss leaves.”

This leads some to believe they have to forget about a personal life if they want to make a good impression because the boss wants face (until the end of) time.

The reality is supervisors are often at a loss when it comes to scheduling or providing employees with more flexible work arrangements because they often don’t have the control or training needed to make the most out of the hours being clocked. Read more…

HR Management, Talent Management

7 Challenges and Considerations Before You Go to a Remote Workforce

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Remote working, distributed teams, telecommuting. They all speak to a decentralized community of co-workers who rarely see each other, and even more rarely, get to know one another in person.

But in today’s competitive economy, it’s becoming more common and even necessary for companies to embrace telecommuting as a core strategy in hiring and retaining talent.

It’s definitely a trending topic lately, with companies like Yahoo ending their historically lax remote hiring/working strategy in 2013, to other companies fully immersing themselves into the remote working culture. It’s certainly been critical to my company as we’ve built a highly productive, engaged team in an industry that fights over every last scrap of talent. Read more…

HR News & Trends

Weekly Wrap: Another Reminder of the Importance of Flex Work Policies

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The thinking that companies need to offer benefits to help recruit and keep employees seems to be one of those long-held beliefs that doesn’t hold water anymore.

New research from SHRM, the Society for Human Resource Management is quantified in a six-part State of Employee Benefits in the Workplace Survey that was published late last year. At the top of the research, as I read it, are these key findings about employee benefits:

  • Only about one in four (26 percent) of organizations say that they leverage their benefits programs to recruit employees;
  • Less than one in five (19 percent) leverage their benefits programs to retain workers; Read more…
Best of TLNT

Goodbye ROWE: Best Buy Ends Flex Work Program It Was Famous For


Editor’s note: TLNT is continuing an annual tradition by counting down the most popular posts of the year. This is No. 36. Our regular content will return in January.

All things must pass, as George Harrison once observed, and so it is with Best Buy’s famous Results Only Work Environment, known simply as ROWE.

According to the Minneapolis StarTribune:

Best Buy Co. said Monday it has ended its program that allowed corporate employees to control their schedules and how often they showed up at the company’s Richfield headquarters. Read more…

HR Insights, Talent Management

San Francisco’s Flex Work Legislation: Will it Be Win-Win or Lose-Lose?

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China Gorman, CEO of Great Place to Work, wrote an excellent Thanksgiving Day TLNT piece on San Francisco’s new Family Friendly Workplace Ordinance (FFWO) that goes into effect on New Year’s Day.

The Flex Work Question: Is Legislation Really the Right Approach? asks many questions we all should be asking – and answering.

This is not one more HR or legal blog post noting just that 1) a UK practice of many years has skipped the Washington logjam and come to San Francisco; and, 2) it requires a set of (pick one) modest or burdensome steps for employees and employers to follow in dealing with flex requests. Read more…

Talent Management

A Roadmap for Managing Mobile and Out-of-Office Workforces

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If there’s one universal challenge business leaders have all faced in recent years, it’s their ability to adapt to change.

The advent, maturation and broad embrace of cloud computing and the proliferation of mobile devices have fundamentally altered the business landscape. Organizations today are more agile and flexible than ever before, as “adapting to change” has moved from the conceptual into the operational phase.

Much of this change is reflected in the composition of today’s decentralized workforce. The tools to support mobile communications and in-the-cloud workflow have been in place for some time. Today, company policy and attitudes have caught up, as workforce flexibility has become a major business imperative. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Talent Management

The Flex Work Question: Is Legislation Really the Right Approach?


There’s been a lot of talk recently regarding flexible scheduling policies in organizations.

All kinds of people have been writing about whether such policies are actually beneficial or harmful for businesses, as well as questioning if flexible scheduling polices are really essential or non-essential to things like employee engagement, well-being, and productivity.

Actually, I think these discussions miss the point and I don’t think any of these questions can be answered on such a broad scale. The potential for flexible scheduling policies to help or hinder an organization is dependent on a whole series of variables, making such questions decidedly organization specific and not answerable as a larger theme that applies to all organizations.

What we can confirm about flexible scheduling policies however, is that they are a highly regarded benefit and broadly implemented by some organizations. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

San Francisco’s Flex Work Ordinance Will Take Effect Jan 1, 2014

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By Kasia Nowak

Under the San Francisco Family Friendly Workplace Ordinance signed this week by Mayor Edward Lee, parents and caretakers have been afforded the right to request modified work schedules, such as a change in start times, part-time and part-year schedules, telecommuting and schedule predictability.

The ordinance, effective Jan. 1, 2014, applies to employers with 20 or more employees in San Francisco.

It formalizes the process by which an employee requests a schedule change, and lays out expectations with which the employer must comply. Specifically, employers must meet with the employee within 21 days of the request, provide a written response and, in the case of a denial, set out a bona fide business reason for the denial. Read more…