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  1. Location Flexibility Is a Health Imperative For Pregnant Employees

    Location Flexibility Is a Health Imperative For Pregnant Employees

    A new study revealed sobering statistics about commuting while pregnant. In the study, researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Lehigh University found that women who commute by car 50 or more miles each way may be at a "much greater risk" of having low-birth-weight babies and fetuses with intrauterine growth restriction, as The New York Times recently reported. Furthermore, the probabilities of low birth weight and intrauterine growth restriction rise 0.9 percent and 0.6 percent, respectively, for every 10 miles of distance added to a lengthy commute.

  2. Employee Ghosting

    If Your Workers Are Ghosting on You, It's Time for a Flexibility Check

    Ghosting isn't just endemic in the dating world: It's also a problem in the business world. Job applicants drop out of the hiring process without warning. New recruits are no-shows on their first day. Veteran employees simply stop showing up at work. Flexibility, however, could keep employees and applicants feeling engaged and valued—while keeping the lines of communication open.

  3. You Can't Invest in Wellness Without Investing in Flex

    You Can’t Invest in Wellness Without Investing in Flexibility

    Less than 10 percent of the global workforce has access to a workplace wellness program, but workplace wellness is still a $47 billion industry, and one that is "heavily concentrated in high-income countries in North America, Western Europe, and Asia," according to a 2018 report by the Global Wellness Institute. But how effective are these programs, really? Do in-office massage sessions, corporate yoga centers, and company retreats really cure employees' stress and anxieties? Yes they certainly can—but not unless employees also have access to flexibility.

  4. Pay Equal for Remote and In-Office

    Remote and In-Office Workers Must Be Paid Equally

    There's no question that remote work is on the rise. A 2018 SimpleTexting survey found that search interest in work-from-home jobs has doubled since 2014, while search interest in remote jobs has tripled. Additionally, the average amount of time the U.S. employees work from home per day rose 22 percent between 2003 and 2016. However, the survey also reveals distressing statistic: Despite all the benefits of remote work for both workers and companies alike, remote workers often earn less than their in-office peers.

  5. 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.

  6. Make or Break

    Workplace Flexibility Is Make or Break For 83% of Job Candidates

    Another day, another report showing just how transformative workplace flexibility is. This time, it's the 2019 IWG Global Workspace Survey, which welcomes us to Generation Flex and asserts that flexible working is the new norm. "The idea of commuting for hours to work 9-5 in a dreary office is fast becoming as about as relevant as a fax machine in the working day," writes Mark Dixon, CEO and founder of IWG.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.”

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