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  1. 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.

  2. Headphones

    More Than Half of Employees Use Headphones to Avoid Office Distractions

    Walk into any open-plan office and you're likely to see rows of employees wearing headphones. While new research shows that wearing headphones can help increase productivity, it’s not the only way employees can avoid distractions. With location-variety flexibility, employees can spend an optimal number of hours away from the company office each week to focus on heads-down work or just get a reprieve from pesky office chatter.

  3. Sleep Deprivation Kills

    Sleep Deprivation Kills—And Costs the U.S. $411 Billion in Productivity Yearly

    A 2009 study by Rand found that sleep deprivation costs the Japanese economy an estimated $138.6 billion in productivity every year. And sleep deprivation costs the U.S. economy three times that amount: an estimated $411 billion annually. The financial cost of sleep deprivation makes the case for flexibility even stronger. Flexibility is one of the best ways to keep employees well-rested and healthy, and in turn, more productive.

  4. Flex Glass Cliff

    The Flexibility Glass Cliff and How to Avoid It

    For as much press as workplace flexibility has received in recent years, infamous cases of flexibility clawback have also made headlines. We’ve all read about how companies like Yahoo, Aetna, Bank of America, and IBM, just to name a few, have restricted or revoked their remote work programs, much to the astonishment of observers accustomed to hearing only success stories about flexibility. The hype around these companies' so-called flex failures is proof of something we’ve coined, the “flexibility glass cliff.”

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