A Custom-Fit Job: The End of the 40-Hour Work Week
Don’t penalize lane changers.
Now is the time to eliminate penalties on people who slow down, speed up, or make other job transitions. Today’s workers are a diverse lot: some stay in the fast-lane, some slow down for awhile and return energized, some chug along for decades. Some now have unemployment and underemployment in their job histories. Whether a person’s lane change was voluntary or not, when he or she merges back into the workforce, they should not be penalized.
Let babies come to work.
I’m not talking about on-site child care but rather the new idea of letting an infant come to work with a parent for a few months. Businesses are making this new idea work for both the worker and the bottom line.
The U.S. needs investment in plants, infrastructure, small business and large. We also need smart investment in the people who make industries and workplaces hum.
Visit CustomFitWorkplace.org to learn more about these ideas.About the author: Nanette Fondas is co-author of The Custom-Fit Workplace: Choose When, Where, and How to Work and Boost Your Bottom Line (2010) and Executive Blog Editor at MomsRising.org. Formerly a professor at premier universities including Harvard's Radcliffe College, Duke's Fuqua School of Business, and the University of California, Nanette now writes about work, organizations, and management at Psychology Today, Huffington Post, Ms., and MomsRising. Her writing was featured in the "50 Visionaries" issue of Utne Reader. Nanette is a mother of four children, a Rhodes Scholar, and a Doctor of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.