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Workplaces are catching up to the future. Meet the companies and individuals who are making it happen.

  1. Flexibility Is the Best Way to Care for Your Caregiving Employees

    Flexibility Is the Best Way to Care for Your Caregiving Employees

    Add the Pew Charitable Trusts to the list of workplace flexibility proponents. "Building flexibility into work schedules can help employees stay in the labor force, which is critical to their economic stability. It also can help employers recruit and retain the people they need," the organization asserts as it reports the results of a 2018 study of flexibility and caregivers.

  2. Want to Cultivate a Stronger Workforce? Let Your Employees Travel the World

    Want to Cultivate a Stronger Workforce? Let Your Employees Travel the World

    No matter how you slice it, the world is becoming more flexible. As long as you have a reliable Wifi connection and a quiet place to take calls, you can really complete your tasks from anywhere—as long as you’re not a neurosurgeon or an astronaut, of course. But as physical location becomes less and less relevant to the work we do, how do we continue to gain new social skills, build trust and camaraderie among our colleagues, and collaborate effectively? It’s something I recently chatted about with Greg Caplan, founder and CEO of Remote Year, a company that helps employees get out of the office and explore the world.

  3. Millennial Transformation

    The Millennial Transformation of Work Is Almost Complete

    Against intimidating odds—including a punishing economy and a brutal burnout rate—millennials have transformed work as we know it. As they’ve advanced from entry level to leadership over the past couple of decades, they’ve actively rejected the status quo, replacing outdated policies, practices, and tools with newer, more efficient ones. They've encouraged the mainstream adoption of collaboration tools such as Slack, Trello, and G Suite. They've reimagined the physical workspace with innovative solutions such as WeWork and The Wing. They've even helped make workplaces safer and more equitable by embracing and upholding the principles of #MeToo and #TimesUp. And now, for their final act, they're focusing on revolutionizing the workday itself.

  4. Tech Industry Benchmark Report

    Is the Tech Industry Really Taking the Lead on Flexibility?

    While the tech industry ranks ahead of other industries in some flexibility metrics, many top companies still aren't incorporating flexibility into their company culture and employer brand. As a result, these companies aren't realizing the full potential of flex—the gains in talent attraction and retention, the boost to employee morale, the bump to productivity and output, and the improvements to the bottom line.

  5. Burnout Culture - Work Harder Sign

    Our Dogged Devotion to Productivity Is Killing Our Productivity

    Everywhere we turn, we're bombarded with messaging that we should be working—and if we are working, we should be working harder. Rise and grind. Hustle harder. Own your moment. Always be closing. Sleep when you're dead. If you love what you do, it doesn't feel like work. Elon Musk is telling us that "nobody ever changed the world on 40 hours a week" while Marissa Meyer says a 130-hour work week is possible "if you're strategic about when you sleep, when you shower, and how often you go to the bathroom." And who can forget when Kanye West asserted that he has “no interest working with anyone who is too important or too good or too traditional to take a call at 3 a.m." We're living in a society, at least in America, where working past the point of exhaustion is exalted.

  6. Extreme Weather

    Location Variety Can Be a Lifesaver During Extreme Cold

    Now is literally our winter of discontent, with 212 million people in the United States—or 72 percent of the continental U.S. population—experiencing below-freezing temperatures and 83 million—or about 25 percent—experiencing subzero temps. According to CNN, the country is suffering "the coldest air in a generation." And these extreme conditions are when workplace flexibility policies such as DeskPlus (location variety) and Remote (location variety) go from life-work stabilizers to lifesavers

  7. Human Centric HR

    Compliance HR Is Out, Human-Centric HR Is In

    The term "human resources" has long been synonymous with "compliance,” e.g., overseeing payroll, coordinating benefits, approving time off, etc. While these tasks will undoubtedly remain important, the future of HR is going to look a lot different. Over the next few years, we’ll see HR professionals start focusing not just on work parameters, but also on the workers themselves. Simply put, they’ll be putting the human back in human resources.

  8. Single Employees

    Your Assumptions About Your Single Employees Are Most Likely Incorrect

    Single workers can be some of the most hardworking and loyal employees in an organization—and often, they're the most mistreated. In a Quartz essay on the topic, social scientist and Singled Out author Bella DePaulo shares a distressing story from her own work history: A former employer dismissed her salary request by saying that a single person with no children shouldn't be worried about money. DePaulo also cites former Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell's assertion that Janet Napolitano was perfect for the job of Secretary of Homeland Security because "she has no family" and "can devote, literally, 19, 20 hours a day to it."

  9. No good candidates?

    Not Enough Applicants? Here’s What Your Job Descriptions Are Missing

    If your company's job listings seek a "proactive" "team player" with a "proven track record" in a "dynamic" and "fast-paced" environment, you're using the top five most commonly used phrases in job listings in the United States and the United Kingdom. Instead, try the word "flexibility" on for size. It's a far less common buzzword, and given the demand for flex among the workforce, and job seekers, in particular, it seems far more impactful than any of those aforementioned clichés.

  10. Flex Didn't Work Out?

    So, Flexibility Didn't Work Out? It's Not Flex—It's You

    No one wants to point fingers, but if you tried implementing flexibility at your company and didn't enjoy the vast rewards of flex—e.g. boosts to employee morale and engagement, increased productivity, improved health and wellness—then you probably did something wrong. It's the blunt truth: When flexibility fails, it’s usually due to human error, and it's often because the decision-makers—no matter how well intentioned—failed to use data when they created or changed their flexible work policies.

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