did you know?
Over 90 percent of women who take time out from paid work want to return later. But 95 percent say they would not return to the same employer!
wise words we heard
Work is trending toward a flexible, customizable, realistic approach that recognizes that people have commitments outside work.
Moving in and out of the paid or full-time workforce to accommodate life changes —commonly referred to as off-ramping and on-ramping or “sequencing”—is becoming more common. While some workers want or need to stop work entirely for some period of time, others would prefer not to off-ramp entirely but just downshift in the face of growing out-of-work responsibilities, and then ramp back up as pressures lessen. Instead of funneling any employee who needs to slow down toward a career dead end, wise leaders anticipate these lane changes and collaborate with their employees to forge custom-fit work arrangements that go the distance.
Advice for Employers
- Stay connected to off-ramped employees. Assign a mentor at the company to keep in touch with them, offer to pay to renew their licenses for a set period of time, and offer them contract work opportunities if possible.
- Reel in the talent. Go after employees looking to re-enter the workforce by offering job fairs or recruiting efforts directed to their needs. Then offer them support once they’ve started working again to ease their transition. You won’t be sorry you did.
- Customize job and career tracks. Take apart stodgy plans that dictate a set number of years to partner or tenure, and instead build something more flexible.
Advice for Workers
- Keep in touch with your previous employer. Nurture the friendships you made on staff with lunches and dinners, or through social networking sites.
- Keep your skills current. Stay on top of technological advancements, business literature, and market trends.
- Attend professional conferences and workshops to improve your industry knowledge.
- Do volunteer work that improves an organization’s bottom line or enhances your leadership skills.
- Take continuing education classes to refresh skills or learn new ones.
Custom-Fit Workplace Blog Carnival: Discussion on Best Practices that are a Win-Win for Employers and Employees
Have you been there? Frustrated that it's nearly impossible to excel at work (and home!) because the structure of your workplace doesn't fit your life?
Too many of us are banging our heads against the wall these days.
Despite the workplace crunch that many of us face, there's good news. An increasing body of research shows that flexible, custom-fit workplace practices help people excel both at work and at home, while also helping businesses boost the bottom line.
To get the word out about this new research, as well as to fan the fire of a national conversation on the topic, MomsRising co-founder, Joan Blades, and Nanette Fondas, MomsRising executive blog editor, have written a new book called The Custom-Fit Workplace. In coordination with the publication of the book, today MomsRising is launching our blog carnival to highlight posts and articles from around the Web that describe the many ways businesses can make a shift toward maximizing productivity and make everyone's lives better.
Good workplace practices will help America become a family-friendly nation, while improving employer bottom lines and efficiency. And we need them! Our public policies are stuck in the 1950s, despite the fact that we have a modern labor force now that's 50% women. But discrimination against mothers is also cultural. Even though study after study has shown that mothers are great workers, most individual workplaces and businesses fail to meet the needs of families in how work itself is structured.
This blog carnival kicks off a national social media discussion about rethinking work, workplace practices and structures, and how families, workers and employers can thrive in the changing work worlds of the 21st century. Check out the links below and leave your thoughts in the comments below! We look forward to hearing from you.
Why "Fit" Matters and Makes a Big, Meaningful Difference, Cali Williams Yost
Back To Work? Not So Fast..., John de Graaf
Organizational flexibility fosters employee creativity and commitment, Gabriela Melano, Ed.D
Help Create A Babies-At-Work World, Carla Moquin
At Last: A Win-Win for Employers and Employees, Barbara Miller
But That's Impossible!, Joan C. Williams
Work Life Policy: Pipedream or Practical?, Judy Martin
Does Flex Time Lead to Better Health?, New York Times blogs, Tara Parker-Pope
Obamas tout benefits of a flexible workplace, Washington Post, Joe Davidson
The advantages of having a flexible workplace, The Times (UK), Alison Maitland
A flexible workplace is a happier, healthier workplace, Huffington Post, Annie Toro
Making My Job Work For Me, Working Moms Against, Guilt, Cara
Telecommuting During Tough Times, New York Times Motherlode blog
Benefits of Virtual Employees, Newborn Rodeo
Unravelling the myths of job sharing, Management Issues, Nic Paton
Study: The Unexpected Benefits of Telecommuting, Bnet.com, Dave Johnson
The Benefits of Working from Home, WorkAwesome.com, Ana da Silva
Bringing Your Baby to Work, New York Times Motherlode blog, Lisa Belkin
Jailed for Taking Kids to Jury Duty, New York Times Motherlode blog, Lisa Belkin
Bringing Babies to Work, Time.com, Tiffany Sharples
Parents Discover Babies in the Workplace Gaining Acceptance, Workforce.com, Jessica Marquez
Day care's new frontier: Your baby at your desk, USA Today, Stephanie Armour
Bringing Up Baby at Work - Babies in the Workplace, Women Issues (About.com), Linda Lowen
The Not-for-Profit Lane, A Guide to Changing Lanes, Jane Jelenko
Growing Industry Helps Moms Relaunch Careers, Alternet, Kara Alaimo
One-Third of Women Fleeing the Workforce, Forbes, Jenna Goudreau
Results Oriented Work Environment (ROWE) in the US Capitol, Your (Wo)man in Washington
Smashing the Clock, BusinessWeek, Michelle Conlin
Flexible Work in a Recession, New York Times Motherlode blog, Lisa Belkin
Read His Lips: Workplace Flex Not A Women's Issue, Women and Work, Morra Aarons-Mele