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  1. 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.

  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.

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