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  1. Looking Forward

    Looking Forward With HubSpot's Katie Burke

    One of the best parts of my role as co-founder and co-CEO of Werk is getting to meet future-of-work thought leaders from all over the globe. That’s why I decided to launch a new LinkedIn series called “Looking Forward” where I chat with folks from a variety of fields and industries about how our workforce is going to evolve over the next decade. (Think the nicer, nerdier version of “Between Two Ferns.”)

  2. Volunteering

    Inflexibility Prevents Employees From Volunteering—And Here’s Why You Should Care

    Employees use flexibility for a myriad of reasons—dropping their kids off at school, attending doctor’s appointments, going to the gym, avoiding long commutes, etc. Having access to the flex they need helps keep them happy, healthy, and more productive at work. While the reason one needs flexibility shouldn't matter, it seems like many companies—Werk included—are actively adding civic engagement to the growing list of valid reasons to offer flexibility.

  3. International Women's Day

    Balance For Better: How Flexibility Can Even the Scales For Good

    It’s that time of year again: International Women’s Day! The theme for is 2019 #BalanceForBetter, because when women are represented equally—when the gender ratio is balanced—we ALL benefit. The data is clear on this: companies with meaningful numbers of women in leadership outperform their less diverse counterparts in almost every aspect. But it’s not just about the boardroom—”gender balance is essential for economies and communities to thrive.”

  4. TravelLite

    More Than Half of Employees Need TravelLite—But Far Fewer Can Access It

    TravelLite might not be the most recognizable of the six flexibility types, but it's still vastly underutilized. Our research showed that 56 percent of employees need access to TravelLite but only 17 percent have access, meaning the supply is less than a third of the demand. And the demand is even higher for certain demographics: 62 percent of men, 60 percent of millennials, and 70 percent of millennial men need TravelLite, for example.

  5. Most In-Demand Is Not Remote

    The Most In-Demand Type of Flexibility Is NOT Remote

    When most people think about workplace flexibility, they tend to envision employees working exclusively in their PJs from the luxury of their own couches. While Remote is certainly one of the most obvious ways to flex, it's not the only type of flexibility, nor is it the flexibility type that employees need most: that designation belongs to what we call DeskPlus, aka location variety.

  6. Still Quitting

    “Flexibility Didn’t Fix My Retention Problems—Help!”

    With the ever-increasing demand for workplace flexibility, many employers are realizing that flexibility is a vital part of an employee value proposition—and a demand that often ranks even higher than salary. So what happens when you introduce flexibility at your organization but it doesn’t move the needle on your most pressing issues, particularly retention? Don’t worry, this happens more often than you think.

  7. Office Layout

    Your Office Layout Doesn't Matter as Much as You Think

    The debate over open-layout workplaces rages on: Some people find open offices conducive to community and collaboration, others deem them disastrously distracting. But the debate is actually moot: Office design doesn't matter as much flexibility in today's workforce, and the 2019 Staples Workplace Survey shows more evidence of flex's growing importance.

  8. Data Driven CEOs

    It's Time For CEOs to Be More Data Driven in 2019

    Intuition gets a lot of hype in modern-day society—from TV crime dramas to Malcolm Gladwell treatises—and to a lot of people, data isn't as exciting. But data doesn't get enough credit, as KPMG International Global Chairman Bill Thomas argues in a new article for the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting. After KMPG interviewed than 1,300 CEOs from many of the world's largest companies, Thomas and his colleagues found that business leaders are giving their data analyses short shrift.

  9. 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.

  10. 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

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