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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Does technology really help us in our endeavor for work-life balance?
This is not a new question, but it remains an open one – if you believe that there is such a thing as work-life balance.
I’ve always had a problem with this description and it drives me nuts. The issue is to what degree does work define your life, drive your life, and how do you make choices to live a full life – not a life just filled with work.
But all that aside, my initial response would be that technology aids us in our quest for a balanced life “A LOT,” for the idea of working without the convenience of modern technology is certainly painful to contemplate. Read more…