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  1. Are You Losing Candidates Because of a Lack of Flexibility?

    Are You Losing Qualified Candidates Because of a Lack of Flexibility?

    Werk had the pleasure of co-sponsoring LEAP HR: Life Sciences 2018 in Boston earlier this month—during which our co-founder and co-CEO Anna Auerbach delivered a presentation on using data to power adaptive workdays—but we noticed one common refrain throughout the conference. A number of companies we spoke to reported that job candidates have rejected their offers citing the need for more flexibility.

  2. Employee Engagement Survey Season

    So, Your Employee Engagement Surveys Keep Saying You Have a Work-Life Balance Problem?

    It’s that time of year again—employee engagement survey season! Over the next few weeks, there’s a good chance you’ll be tasked with gathering, analyzing, and interpreting critical feedback from your employee population, and if you’re anything like the thousands of companies we’ve spoken with over the past few years, there’s at least one thing you can already anticipate: a work-life balance issue. Am I right?

  3. Inflexibility Is Killing Your Next Big Idea

    Is Inflexibility Killing Your "Next Big Idea"?

    "Excellence and innovation are arguably the foundation of our greatest contributions.” Those are the words of Dr. Dawna Ballard, a professor of chronemics at the University of Texas at Austin. According to Dr. Ballard, companies today are thinking about productivity all wrong, and as a result, are struggling to create that elusive “Next Big Idea.” And while most companies realize something needs to change, they’re not sure what.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

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