As many of my readers know, one of my areas of expertise is helping companies navigate the thickets of “great place to work list” applications. These applications happen at specific times of the year, with specific due dates, providing me with certain seasons that are busier than Christmas at the North Pole.
This is one such season—I’m in the middle of helping clients meet Fortune’s 100 Best Places to Work deadlines. As a result, I don’t have much in the way of downtime for blogging.
Nonetheless, if you follow me on Twitter you know I’m always collecting interesting stories about the world of work. So this week, in lieu of my own musings, I hereby bring you some recent highlights from my collection:
- Yes, yes, you’ve heard it before: millennials demand flexible work. But this Harvard Business Review piece by Nannette Fondas provides some pretty stark data (from an EY study) to support it. Like, for instance, that 38% of millennials in the U.S. say they’d be willing to move to another country to get better parental leave. Now that’s commitment.
- And I love this New York Times story about two women who took the law into their own hands—so to speak—by starting their own family-friendly law firm.
- This one wins my “breath of fresh air” award—I’m so tired of reading stories about how to be more productive at work that essentially come down to: “be a robot.” Cindy Krischer Goodman, work-life columnist for the Miami Herald, argues that a little friendly chit-chat on the job is the opposite of a time-waster.
- Back to Harvard Business Review, with an article about the findings of Finnish researcher Marianna Vertinen: apparently, not only does working long hours cause people to drink more (no great surprise there), and give them heart disease (something I wrote about myself last year), but it can actually make you stupid!
- And finally, to round it all out, here’s a fabulous story from my personal favorite news source, The Onion, about…well just click on the link and enjoy!
The National Vacation Commitment Summit is coming! It’s “a day devoted to addressing vacation deprivation and the American worker.” It’s here in NYC on June 15 and its free—but you’ve got to register. Hope to see you there!
Have you just taken your first look at the Fortune “100 Best Companies to Work” application and figured you’ll never get to take a vacation again? Relax—I can take the work off your hands!
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