That’s the message Kelly Sakai-O’Neill, Families and Work Institute’s director of marketing and business development, hopes attendees at the Families and Flexibility: Reshaping the Workplace for the 21st Century forum—presented by New York City’s Comptroller Scott M. Stringer and a better balance, the work and family legal center—will take away next week.
“I want people to understand that there’s a wide range of diversity when it comes to flexibility,” she said, adding that organizations of all sizes, all industries, can find ways to make the workplace more effective.
Indeed, Stringer’s been spearheading a movement to rid New York City of inflexible workplaces.
“Many of our workplaces remain attached to inflexible work rules that affect all New Yorkers: parents, caregivers for elderly relatives, young people in professional occupations, and New Yorkers struggling to make ends meet in low-wage industries,” he said in the Comptroller’s recently released report titled, Families and Flexibility. The report, which Families and Work Institute provided research and data for, examines flexible work arrangements.
The Comptroller’s office is hosting a forum on Monday morning (September 29) on workplace flexibility and on hand will be representatives from KPMG and BDO, both winners of the Institute and the Society for Human Resource Management’s When Work Works award. They will be on a panel with Sakai-O’Neill sharing their thoughts on how implementing flexible and effective work policies has helped make work work better for employees and employers.
In addition, Anne-Marie Slaughter, the president of the New America Foundation and author of the now famous Atlantic article “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All,” will give the keynote at the forum.
Stringer supports “right to request” legislation, which has already passed in some jurisdictions, mandating that employers talk to employees about flexible work options as a way to bring about better work-life fit.
Flexible work arrangements, he maintains, “not only provide benefits to employees, but also boost the bottom line for businesses by reducing turnover, lowering real estate costs, and improving productivity.”