At the Families and Work Institute’s Work Life Legacy Awards on June 15, we had the opportunity to pin down a number of the field’s leaders and ask them, “What’s your one wish for the future of work life?” We’ve highlighted a few thought provoking responses below. And we’re curious to hear from you- – what is your wish for the future of work and life integration (besides to have more of it)?
Kathie Lingle, executive director of Alliance for Work-Life Progress at WorldatWork, says she thinks companies will have a “Chief Flexibility Officer.”
Stephanie Miller, Director of Women’s Policy for the US Navy suggested Congress get involved to define work life balance. This would help employers get the incentive to enact good policies.
One common theme emerged: we should not have to continually justify the business case behind flexibility. Maryella Gockel from Ernst and Young said it well: “my wish for the future would be that we would stop asking for the business case…” which, as she says, has been proven over and over. “We just need to move forward.”
Cali Williams Yost hopes flexibility “just becomes the way organizations operate.”
Deloitte’s Stan Smith hopes work life integration becomes something “more natural for executives to understand” – it’s just the way we’re going to do business in the future. He studies Millennials and their attitudes, so he knows the increasing demand behind flexible work practices.
General Belinda Pinckney, who directs the Army’s Diversity office wishes “men and women respect each other” and gender roles continue to shift in favor of 50-50 at home and work.
So these are our wishes, but who will take us there? We asked our guests about leadership.
Ernst and Young CEO Jim Turley offers some great advice on leadership. Watch here:
Finally, Ted Childs sums it up nicely: leadership is the relentless pursuit of vision. We need to be relentless about the pursuit of our vision for a better working America.
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