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  1. Pros and Cons of Commuting

    Reconciling the Pros and Cons of Commuting Through Flexibility

    The words "enjoyable commute" might seem oxymoronic, but our trips to and from work might provide important benefits to our personal development. At the same time, there’s no denying the stress and anxiety caused by a grueling commute, especially when it involves sitting in traffic or being stuck on a train for more than an hour each way. So how can we amplify the pros of commuting while ameliorating the cons? Answer: flexibility.

  2. Trailing Spouses

    Trailing Partners in Academia Face Unique Career Challenges

    Being the partner of an academic is not too dissimilar from being a military spouse. Both of these groups must often follow their significant others to unfamiliar locations, which can result in fewer suitable employment opportunities. Due to lack of access to flexibility, specifically location variety and location independence, these folks are often forced to “opt down” into lower paying, less challenging positions, or leave the workforce entirely.

  3. Pretending to Be Busy

    Pretending to Be Busy Is a Problem That's Hurting Employees and Employers Alike

    We’ve all done it before: quickly opening a spreadsheet when the boss walks by so you look busy, or staying late and staring blankly at the screen even though your energy is tapped out. Pretending to be busy has become an art form, with Lifehacker and BuzzFeed providing tongue-in-cheek recommendations for best practices. It's a status symbol, with The Cut breaking down why our society reveres "busyness." And it's even a phenomenon that has inspired its own category of Giphy GIFs. But pretending to be busy when you’re actually not—and being rewarded for it—is indicative of a much bigger cultural problem with far reaching consequences for individuals and businesses alike.

  4. Parenting Is More Than Caregiving

    The Conversation About Caregiving and Work Must Be More Inclusive

    Even here in the 21st century, a gender-based stereotype persists: Men are still heralded as the chief breadwinners, while women are still expected to hold down the domestic front. These societal norms negate the experiences of female breadwinners and male homemakers, whose proportions are rising in both the paid and unpaid workforces. But they also lead people to think the term "caregiver" is interchangeable with "parent" or "homemaker."

  5. Respect Employees

    Show Your Employees You Respect Them By Honoring Their Flex Needs

    After decades and even centuries of rigid workday structures—punching the clock at the same times, reporting to the same location every weekday—structured flexibility might seem unnatural at first. But flexibility actually optimizes employee productivity and makes employees feel like respected and trustworthy members of the organization. Even better, that perception can, in turn, boost employee performance and morale even higher.

  6. Pet Leave

    "Paw-ternity Leave" Is a Thing—And It's Crucial For Talent Retention

    Minneapolis marketing agency Nina Hale made headlines this month for its "fur-ternity leave" policy, which allows employees to work from home for a week after they welcome a new dog or cat. "This is kind of a no-brainer," Allison McMenimen, a vice president at the company, told The New York Times of the policy. "The idea of offering benefits that just help keep employees at the office, that's over."

  7. T-Shirt Company Promotes Inclusivity

    Small Changes Can Make a Huge Difference When It Comes to Inclusivity

    50,000 teens with Autism graduate from high school or age of out school-supported services every year, according to a 2016 Autism Speaks report, but 66 percent don't seek employment or higher education within the next two years. In fact, nearly half of all 25-year-olds with Autism have never had a paying job. Those stats reveal a distressing reality: These individuals are going from highly-visual learning environments to text-heavy work environments ill-equipped for neurodiversity. But one T-shirt company is doing its part to balance the scales.

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