1 Million for Work Flexibility Marks 4th Anniversary, Announces Oct 17th Will Be National Flex Day

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Organization to celebrate National Flex Day with interactive webinar and month-long contest to raise awareness of the importance of work flexibility

“National Flex Day is an opportunity for employers and employees to engage in open and honest conversations about the value of work flexibility, to help move this issue forward on a national scale,” said Emma Plumb, the Director of 1 Million for Work Flexibility

1 Million for Work Flexibility (1MFWF), the first national initiative creating a collective voice in support of flexible work, today announced it will celebrate its 4th anniversary by hosting National Flex Day on October 17, 2017. National Flex Day is designed to encourage employers and employees across the country to unite behind the need for more work flexibility and help promote the power of flexible work arrangements by sharing how pervasive and powerful flex already is.

1MFWF’s celebration includes a contest inviting people to share what work flexibility means to them on 1MFWF’s blog and on Twitter, as well as a webinar on Oct 17th @ 2 P.M. ET detailing the current “State of National Flex.” Panelists will include Sara Sutton Fell, Founder of 1MFWF and FlexJobs, Brigid Schulte, director of the Better Life Lab and The Good Life initiative at New America, and Ian Reynolds, Director of WorkLife and Community Programs in the Office of Work, Life and Engagement at Johns Hopkins. Panelists will address the prevalence and types of flexible work arrangements available, state and federal policies around work flexibility, and the short and long-term outlook of its growth. For more information and to register please visit: https://www.workflexibility.org/webinar-state-of-national-flex/

“National Flex Day is an opportunity for employers and employees to engage in open and honest conversations about the value of work flexibility, to help move this issue forward on a national scale,” said Emma Plumb, the Director of 1 Million for Work Flexibility. “Working Mother established National Flex Day five years ago, and we are proud to carry the torch to use this platform to ensure workers and employers have a space for voicing and understanding this critical workplace need.”

Celebrate 1MFWF’s 4th Anniversary and participate in National Flex Day by:

-Joining the Oct 17th webinar to learn more about the state of work flexibility and how it impacts you
-Entering the contest by sharing what work flexibility means to you on the 1MFWF blog. Prizes sponsored by 1MFWF coalition members include: a subscription to Working Mother Magazine, a flex proposal template package from Work Options, and five 1MFWF water bottles. The contest is open through Oct. 20.
-Joining the work flexibility movement by adding your name to 1MFWF and encouraging friends, family, and colleagues to join as well
-Reading the 1MFWF blog for expert advice as well as personal stories and corporate interviews about the benefits of work flexibility
-Promoting work flexibility on social media using the hashtag #NationalFlexDay

Why Work Flexibility Matters

-If every firm in the country adopted work flexibility, our economy could save about $15 billion annually, according to economist Heather Boushey;
-Rest is required for optimal performance at work. Scholars and researchers such as Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, Brigid Schulte, and Christine Carter share their work on this issue on the 1MFWF blog;
-Expanding access to work flexibility could significantly reduce or eliminate the gender pay gap, according to Harvard economist Claudia Goldin;
-Work flexibility is important to myriad groups: working parents, millennials, retirees, freelancers, military spouses, entrepreneurs, caregivers, people in economically depressed or rural areas, introverts, digital nomads and more;
-Work flexibility benefits businesses and the bottom line (see new 1MFWF Fact Sheet: The Business Case for Work Flexibility);
-Nationally, telecommuting grew 115 percent between 2005 and 2015 and the trend is expected to continue.

As the original founders of National Flex Day, Working Mother continues to support this crucial effort. Meredith Bodgas, Editor-in-Chief of Working Mother magazine and workingmother.com says, "Working Mother recognizes that moms' family schedules don't always meld with a 9-to-5, in-office, 5-day-a-week job. That's why we're proud to support National Flex Day and send the message that moms can do great work whenever, wherever companies allow them."

Earlier this year 1MFWF launched a comprehensive resource on Work Flexibility Policy, which provides details on proposed and enacted U.S. city, state, and federal legislation that addresses flexible work issues. 1MFWF also offers guides on How to Ask for Work Flexibility, the Business Case for Work Flexibility, and the various Types of Work Flexibility.

For more information on these guides, 1MFWF initiatives, or National Flex Day, please contact Kathy Gardner at kgardner@flexjobs.com.

About 1 Million for Work Flexibility
1 Million for Work Flexibility (1MFWF) is the first national initiative to create a collective voice in support of work flexibility. Launched in 2013, the 1MFWF movement now has more than 100 coalition members including advocacy groups, think tanks, academic institutions, and businesses, as well as thousands of individuals championing the many types of flexible work that lead to happier and healthier workers and also improve the economy.

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