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  1. Flex Doesn't Replace Vacation

    Flexibility Doesn't Replace Vacation Time

    A couple weeks ago, I had the pleasure of toasting the end of summer with a family vacation to the beach. I answered the occasional work email, but I didn't feel chained to my inbox. I didn't feel pressure to check my Slack messages (although I did like being able to read the fun updates and articles my team posted). Even as the co-CEO of a startup, I was able to disconnect. I didn’t need to be "always on." That's a credit to my hardworking coworkers, but it's also a credit to the unique culture we’ve built as a company.

  2. 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.

  3. 30 Minute Could Prevent Someone From Quitting

    A 30-Minute Change Could Prevent Someone From Quitting

    The evidence is everywhere: The 9-to-5 workday is making less and less sense for the modern-day workforce. A recent study found that the majority of UK employees, for example, would prefer to work 8-to-4 or even 7-to-3. At Werk, we call this flexibility type TimeShift, and structuring it into your organization could prove vital for talent engagement and retention. To put it bluntly, it could be the difference between someone succeeding or failing, and staying or quitting.

  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. 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.

  6. 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."

  7. Millennial Burnout

    Why Are So Many Millennials Quitting Their High Paying Jobs?

    Of all the labels ascribed to millennials these days, "quitters" might be one they don't mind considering that 43 percent of millennials expect to leave their job within two years, according to Deloitte's 2018 Millennial Survey. And they're not alone: The Labor Department reports the percentage of workers across all age groups quitting their jobs reached 2.4 percent in May, the highest level in 16 years. For the workforce at large—and for millennials in particular—inflexible work conditions lead to burnout, which in turn leads to attrition.

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