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The Custom-Fit Workplace
Check out this practical, inspirational guide for making the workplace more nimble, trust-based, and profitable. Packed with vivid stories of real people, The Custom-Fit Workplace is an indispensible handbook for managers, workers, and executives who want to break free of outdated, one-size-fits-all ways of working. Thoroughly grounded in research and cutting-edge designs, The Custom-Fit Workplace makes the case for today's workplace to buy-in - or risk falling behind.


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The CustomFit Workplace blog is part of the Open, Flexible Work blog. It is a place where workers, managers, educators and Human Resources professionals can share their insights and questions. The views expressed in this blogs aren't necessarily representative of the initiative or of policy positions. Interested in blogging? drop us a line

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The Great Work Cultures Initiative: Raise a Big Tent, Invite a Million Friends

I became aware of the huge bias against mothers in hiring, wages and advancement over a decade ago.  In response I co-founded with Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner.  As I learned more and more about work that was compatible with parenthood it became clear that all the practices that are good for mothers are good for everybody, businesses included.  In 2010 I co-wrote The Custom-Fit Workplace: Choose When, Where and How to Work and Boost the Bottom Line. Out of the pink ghetto, a year later, speaking at a Wall St. conference it became clear to me that even this was not sufficient!   There have been inspirational speakers, thinkers, academics and consultants that speak to the power of teams, trust, flexibility, results-based management and more for decades... but broad systemic change has not happened. In spite of many brilliant success stories to emulate, great workplaces continue to be the exception rather than the norm.  This must change!

Why do we need Great Work Cultures?  A recent Gallup report reveals that  70% of the workforce is not engaged.

Great Work Cultures Big Tent Initiative -- Moving from Command and Control to Respect and Empower

Turns out that pretty much all the good work culture practices that are good for moms are good for everybody.  And movements are more powerful when they inspire everybody!

We are raising a big tent that welcomes a glorious diversity of respectful work culture practices and leaders. The mission of the big tent is to move beyond Command and Control to Respect and Empower. Working together, we are creating a new norm for workplace cultures that optimize worker effectiveness and human happiness. There are key projects that simply won't happen without the dynamic engagement of individuals and organizations that are leaders in creating respectful empowered work cultures. Our website is up as of March: and we are putting up more content all the time. 

Share Your Stories to Help Create Workplace Change

I’m passionate about an issue that deeply affects moms: the need for work flexibility to be embraced by employers across the country.

But I’m not a mom myself, and so I’m usually careful to emphasize all the many reasons work flexibility is important that are unrelated to parenthood or gender. Work flexibility is good for the environment. It’s good for our health. It makes us happier. It boosts productivity. There are statistics galore that demonstrate the work flexibility is a win/win for employers and employees of all sorts.

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