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Six Seattle women who have experienced the challenges of balancing work and life responsibilities and found innovative flexible working solutions are presenting a free workshop on Saturday, April 13, 2013, from 10 am to 2:30 PM
A free workshop to discuss the advantages and opportunities of flexible work options along with ideas for encouraging employers to embrace employee flexibility will be held on Saturday, April 13, 2013 (location TBD). The workshop will run from 10 am to 2 pm with six different presenters discussing both the challenges they faced that led them to seek flexibility and the solutions they found.
The recent announcement by Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer that telecommuting would no longer be an option for Yahoo! employees quickly sparked an Internet-wide discussion on the benefits and drawbacks of telecommuting and working from home with employees and employers nationwide taking sides.
According to a report published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, approximately 1 in 4 employees reports working at least part-time from home. The website FreelancersUnion.org estimates that approximately one-third of the U.S. work force is comprised of self-employed independent workers. Despite these statistics, workers seeking flexibility still struggle to prove their value to current or potential employers.
With more skilled workers needing a flexible schedule to provide care for aging parents or children with disabilities and people accepting positions far from home because of economic setbacks, it’s time for a serious conversation about the benefits (and drawbacks) of flexible work arrangements, which can include telecommuting, freelancing, job sharing, and flex scheduling.
Anyone who is interested in learning about different flexible working options and strategies for approaching employers is encouraged to attend the workshop. Moderator Kathy Henry is Programs Manager for the Puget Sound chapter of the Society for Technical Communications and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.