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Workplaces are catching up to the future. Meet the companies and individuals who are making it happen.

  1. Gen Z

    Gen Z Is Coming—And They Expect Their Workday to Be Customized

    Current-day CEOs and HR professionals may feel far removed from a generation born around the time Titanic was in theaters (yikes!), but Generation Z—generally defined as individuals born during or after the late 1990s—is coming. In fact, many of them are already here, and by 2020, Gen Z will comprise 20 percent of the U.S. workforce. So now is the time for organizations to prepare for this influx of post-millennial talent and to appeal to their wants and needs, flexibility included.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. Open Floor Plan

    PSA: Not Everyone Who Leaves the Office “Early” Is Slacking Off

    Open offices foster communication, camaraderie, and—all too often—jealousy. For example, why is Jane Doe leaving at 5 p.m. on the dot when I, John Smith, am stuck working? Well, John, don't assume Jane is a slacker. She just might have different needs based on her life-work compatibility. And no, John, your employer isn't necessarily making an "accommodation" for Jane. Instead, Jane might just have a different flexibility arrangement.

  6. Human Centric HR

    Compliance HR Is Out, Human-Centric HR Is In

    The term "human resources" has long been synonymous with "compliance,” e.g., overseeing payroll, coordinating benefits, approving time off, etc. While these tasks will undoubtedly remain important, the future of HR is going to look a lot different. Over the next few years, we’ll see HR professionals start focusing not just on work parameters, but also on the workers themselves. Simply put, they’ll be putting the human back in human resources.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Resolutions

    Make Workplace Flexibility Your Company's New Year's Resolution

    'Tis the season for intending to do better in the new year—but research shows that of the 40 percent of Americans who make New Year's resolutions annually, only 46 percent are still adhering to those resolutions six months later. That said, you can make a lasting change for the better by resolving to make your workplace flexible in the new year. The need for flexibility is pressing, and the payoffs are huge.

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