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Monday, February 18, 2008

Flexible Breadwinning in a Recession

With a potential recession looming on the economic horizon, one wonders what could become of flexibility in the workplace. Will employers stop considering our requests for reduced hours, compressed workweeks or decent paternity leave? Or will they see the financial wisdom in possibly even increasing flexible work options as they seek to operate more leanly?

This FastCompany take on the topic comes down on the side of increased flexibility - a positive prediction for those of us seeking an ESP life. The business argument for recession-time flexibility includes the fact that a happy worker is an efficient and productive one, that top talent will still be in high demand even when jobs are scarce, and that reduced hours (and unpaid leaves and contract positions) are beneficial to a company's bottom-line budget.

I believe strongly in these arguments, and can personally attest to the happy, efficient worker phenomenon. Receiving the right schedule - that perfect combination of the right days and enough hours to be a fully productive and effective employee (not discernable from a standard 40-hour, 5-day employee), yet enough time for family/self/home - makes a person happy, loyal and a great guy to have on the payroll.

If FastCompany is right, the future of equal breadwinning (and balanced lives) is optimistic. Along with the mass power of Generation Y demanding work/life balance, we might have a winning combination.


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