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Thankful for… Work-Life Trends

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we’re sharing some of the work-life trends we’re grateful to be a part of advancing this year.

  1. Support for Working Parents
    Employees with new babies, sick parents, and other notable work-life events are taking advantage of targeted coaching programs designed to help them transition into new life stages. Our coaches help employees evaluate their goals, see past barriers, and identify solutions for success at work and on the home-front. Organizations are also offering a variety of other benefits targeted at working parents, including…
  2. Extended Maternity & Paternity Leave
    The United States is one of only four countries in the world that doesn’t guarantee paid maternity leave. So for now, business is leading where legislation isn’t. This year, Netflix announced a groundbreaking policy, offering new parents unlimited paid leave in the year following the birth or adoption of a child. Johnson & Johnson was among the many other companies to increase their leave programs this year, adding seven additional weeks of paid leave on top of their existing benefits.
  3. Push for Predictability
    For many hourly workers, particularly those in retail and service jobs, schedule predictability is a huge barrier to successful work-life integration. Awareness is growing, and organizations are doing more to reevaluate their just-in-time scheduling practices. Trends include providing more advance scheduling notice, minimum-hours policies, and technology to better predict periods of peak customer demand.
  4. Flexibility Beyond the Office
    Flexible work in the office environment. Been there, done that. Now, more and more, employers are tackling a new challenge: Flexibility for hourly workers, manufacturing, construction, and service environments. Granted, your average line worker won’t be telecommuting into work anytime soon, but your organization can still take steps to give people more control over their schedules. We’re hearing from employers who are trying to retool practices and create environments where everyone can be successful.
  5. Focus on Resiliency
    It’s too much. Overwork is a real and present issue in the American workforce, but the tide is turning. We’re hearing from companies who want better strategies to manage workload and improve employee resiliency. Mindfulness is one trend, but real change happens on a team-by-team basis when managers gain new skills and rethink how work gets done.

With the economy on the upswing and an aging workforce ever advancing toward retirement, the future of work is here. Today, we spend less time making the business case for flex and more time supporting these cultural shifts. Now is the ideal time for your organization to move past advocating and into executing change.