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

  1. SITE If Flexibility Isn’t Part of Your Reboarding Strategy, It Should Be

    If Flexibility Isn’t Part of Your Reboarding and Returnship Strategy, It Should Be

    Employee needs change over time, and parenthood is one of the biggest catalysts. Companies often assume employees returning from parental leave will be able to resume their work without complication, but many new parents often struggle to achieve work-life compatibility upon their return. This is where structured flexibility can prove vital: It doesn’t just attract top talent, it retains employees and empowers them to do their best work, no matter what changes come their way. Unfortunately, most companies today don’t have adequate reboarding strategies in place to help new parents return from leave, and even fewer incorporate structured flexibility as an integral component of that strategy.

  2. SITE Senior Leaders Think Junior Workers Have the Flexibility They Need—But They Don't

    Senior Leaders Think Junior Employees Have the Flexibility They Need—But They Don't

    Our research shows that the higher one's organizational level, the more likely they are to have access to flexibility, with Senior Management reporting significantly greater access to flexibility than entry-level employees. And if entry level employees are fortunate enough to have some flexibility, it’s often unstructured—meaning they don't have the language to communicate their needs and managers dole out flexibility on a transactional or transitional basis. That’s why it’s important for corporate leaders to do more to understand the flexibility needs of their employees, especially their junior employees who they may be more disconnected from, and take action if those needs are not being met.

  3. SITE Flexibility Lets Employees Take Care of Their Work, Their Dependents, and Themselves

    Flexibility Lets Employees Take Care of Their Work, Their Dependents, and Themselves

    Many companies treat workplace flexibility as a perk, but it’s time to start thinking of it as a right. In our new study, “The Future Is Flexible: The Importance of Flexibility in the Modern Workforce,” we found flexibility is the one thing 96 percent of employees desire but only a fraction can access. In fact, only 47 percent of respondents—and 34 percent of women—said they had access to the flexibility they need.

  4. SITE The Health Costs of Business Travel Only Make TravelLite More Important

    Business Travel Is Worse For Your Health Than You Thought...

    It's hard to imagine a world in which business travel is a thing of the past, but technological advances are helping keep employees in the office, and Werk's TravelLite™ flexibility type offers employees a pre-negotiated number of days at home per month. And now, with recent research into the health costs of business travel, we're realizing just how important these new developments are.

  5. SITE Flexibility Is Crucial for Millennials Becoming Caregivers to Baby Boomers

    Millennials Are Caring For Baby Boomers in Record Numbers—And They Need Flexibility

    Caregiving is one of three areas positively impacted by access to structured flexibility; and as baby boomers age, such access will only become more crucial for their millennial children. Joseph Coughlin, founder and director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology AgeLab, points out that 34.5 million Americans provided unpaid care to a person over 50 as of 2015, and that number will only grow in coming years. This issue is just one more reason why it's time to usher in a flexible workforce.

  6. SITE Women at Every Income Level Are Punished for Parenthood, But There’s a Solution

    Women at Every Income Level Are Punished For Parenthood—But There Is a Solution

    Everyone had an opinion about why the U.S. birth rate has reached its lowest level in 30 years—and has fallen below the “replacement” level needed to sustain the population—as the CDC revealed in a a report last week. Some people blame economic factors, some cite social influences, and some say people are just having less sex. But as HuffPost points out, there’s little talk—if any—about how “most women in the U.S., even before they get pregnant, know how little social support exists for them as mothers.”

  7. Companies Are Transforming Real Estate

    Flexibility Is Transforming the Way Companies Make Real Estate Decisions

    Werk's research data shows structured flexibility responds to employees’ needs around caregiving, health and wellness, and productivity—while making it easier for employers to attract, engage, and retain employees who are, in turn, more loyal and more likely to promote their employer. But structured flexibility affords another advantage to companies: a saving in real estate costs.

  8. SITE How Flexibility Supports Managers, Makers, and Everyone in Between

    Are You a Maker or a Manager—or a Little of Both?

    Everyone seems to have an opinion on how we should structure our time. (High-intensity intervals of work in the morning! Lunchtime power hours! Post-dinner work marathons!) But as it turns out, when you work is probably less important than how you work, and figuring that out requires some self-assessment. Are you a maker? Are you a manager? Are you a little of both? And in those roles, what working conditions make you most productive? These are important considerations, and structured flexibility can optimize working conditions for makers, managers, and anyone who identifies as both.

  9. Being a Night Owl Isn't a Choice

    Being a Night Owl Isn't a Choice—So Why Do We Expect Everyone to Work at the Same Time?

    It seems like night owls have been stigmatized ever since Ben Franklin popularized that little "Early to bed, early to rise" adage. But if they’re anything less than “healthy, wealthy, and wise,” it's only because they're forced to start working early in the morning along with the rest of the world, scientists say. And these new assertions provide even more proof that the stereotypical 9-to-5 workday doesn't, in fact, work for everyone—and that time-based flexibility can help workers optimize their productivity.

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