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FlexBulletin #124 – October 18, 2017: A Trio of Challenges to a Triple Threat
Announcing the transformation of Rupert & Company into Rupert Organizational Design

FlexBulletin #123
– September 6, 2017: Honor Labor Day:  Join Respectful Exits Now!
Ending 65 as the “sell-by date” and phasing retirement will increase respect for older workers

FlexBulletin #122
–August 22, 2017: Googling "Bias" should bring up "Mutual Respect"
The Google eruption shows Mutual Respect a superior approach to “Bias Training” 

FlexBulletin #121
– June 22, 2017: Bullying:  the Cancer at the Core of Uber
What seems like a major leap forward may prove a giant step backward in flex potential

FlexBulletin #120
– April 18, 2017: Flexibility's Future:  It's Time for Straight Talk
What passes for "Flexibility" is sadly just baby steps, and the times demand much more

FlexBulletin #119
– February 9, 2017: "Houston - we have a problem"
Instead of a sigh of workplace relief after campaign 2016, climate chill has become office new normal

FlexBulletin #118
– January 18, 2017: Toward a Promising Path for Older Workers
Having spent increasing time on older worker issues, we are launching a Respectful Exit blog

FlexBulletin #117 – December 20, 2016: Let’s Make Flex Great Again
Exploring a twist on Trump’s slogan “Let’s Make Flex Great Again” we weigh past and future flex

FlexBulletin #116 – October 25, 2016: Work-Life: Heading for Balance or Bust?
As other workplace issues vie for our attention, work-life supports need more, not less focus

FlexBulletin #115 – October 13, 2016: How Big Should Allstate’s ‘Good Hands’ Be?
Allstate’s CEO argues that the corporation of the next 100 years must tackle social problems

FlexBulletin #114 – October 5, 2016: There must be 50 ways to leave your last job
The habit of automatically sending “older workers” out to pasture is under challenge by new realities

FlexBulletin #113 – September 19, 2016: Telecommuting” Trumps Field at 40+
Why telecommuting/telework has ridden value and demand to a supremacy that eludes other options

FlexBulletin #112 – August 24, 2016: Full Millennial Flex vs. “Phased Retreat” for Boomers
While a flexibility boom is underway for our newest workers, phased retirement eludes near-retirees

FlexBulletin #111 – June 30, 2016: Go Forth and Flex This Fourth
Updating a Bulletin from 5 years ago that linked our founding principles and flexible work

FlexBulletin #110 – May 18, 2016: Silicon Exodus Cries Out for an Emergency TriFlexTa
A recent SF Bay Area poll shows a third of residents planning to leave. Can flexibility save them?

FlexBulletin #109 – March 31, 2016: Is Telework the New Vanilla?
While working in different places explodes, what’s happening with working in different ways?

FlexBulletin #108
– February 1, 2016: Can’t We All Show Some Mutual Respect?
After a year of disrespectful political “leadership”, it’s time for business to promote Mutual Respect

FlexBulletin #107 – December 1, 2015: FINALLY, Let’s Turbocharge Manager Habits
Education and awareness need to be supplanted by the systematic habits of Mutual Respect

FlexBulletin #106 – November 10, 2015: Food for Thought #3 - Collaboration Bakes the Cake, Flex Ices It
The power of true collaborative scheduling is greater flexibility and unprecedented innovation

FlexBulletin #105 – October 29, 2015: Food for Thought #2 - Flex Menu Makeovers: On to Food Trucks?
Stale and rigid forms of flexibility are giving way to more demanding and productive menu items

FlexBulletin #104
– October 13, 2015: Food for Thought #1 - Flex Needs Many More 'Top Chefs'
Tru flexibility requires dueling innovation more than stale recipes

FlexBulletin #103
– September 30, 2015: Marissa Mayer - Work-Life Pioneer?
CEO Mayer's decision to take short leave after having twins may be paradoxical

FlexBulletin #102
– August 17, 2015: Informal Flex + Feedback—Millennial Dream or Oxymoron?
An earlier view that Millennials prefer looser flex and little formal performance review is changing

FlexBulletin #101
– June 30, 2015: Happy July 4 – Holiday or Workcation?
As the “sharing economy” balloons using independent contractors, the courts raise alarms

FlexBulletin #100
– June 15, 2015: Kindergarten Sharing Lesson Delivered to Fed Ex
As the “sharing economy” balloons using independent contractors, the courts raise alarms

FlexBulletin #99
– May 27, 2015: Global, Local Millennials Say “Flex Already!”
A recent EY survey confirms Millennial demands for flex – and growing quit rates fuel the trend

FlexBulletin #98
– April 28, 2015: STEM Dilemma – Female Drought or Flex Famine?
A quick turn to a supply-side analysis of the shortage of women in STEM ignores the rigidity of tech

FlexBulletin #97
– April 6, 2015: The Other Final Four – Tech 1, Indiana Lost
SF Bay Area companies helped reverse Indiana legislation in a flexing of their national policy muscle

FlexBulletin #96 –
February 17, 2015 Phasing in Phased Retirement – or Not?
There are signs that the years of considering Phased Retirement may give way to doing it

FlexBulletin #95 –
February 10, 2015 – Is Uber the Designated Driver of Flex?
Which of the Bay Area’s competing visions of flexibility will prevail and migrate?

FlexBulletin #94 –
January 8, 2015 – The Future of Flexibility for '15
Will the ‘driverless car’ of the economy finally turn toward more and better flexibility?

FlexBulletin #93 –
October 13, 2014 – Google Doubles Down on Busing
Google seems to be addressing 21st century gridlock with a 1950’s approach.

FlexBulletin #92 –
September 29, 2014 – When a Fed Telework Giant Stumbles
When a Federal telecommuting pioneer fumbles, old myths come to life

FlexBulletin #91 –
June 26, 2014 – Obama Care(s) – About Flex
The President acts with an Executive Order establishing a “Right to Request” for federal workers

FlexBulletin #90
– June 9, 2014 – True Part-Time Seeks Orphanage
Long hours, management challenges and benefits hurdles favor full over part-time schedules

FlexBulletin #89
– May 22, 2014 – Coastal HQs - Shrinking or Exploding?
We lead flexibility champions in turning SF’s “Flex Request” law into a better way of working

FlexBulletin #88
– April 7, 2014 – Is "Google Busing" a Flexible Option?
The “Battle of the Buses” in San Francisco raises new challenges to and possibilities for flexibility

FlexBulletin #87
– January 30, 2014 – "" - Turning a Mandate into a Mission
We lead flexibility champions in turning SF’s “Flex Request” law into a better way of working

FlexBulletin #86
– December 20, 2013 – Will True 2014 Recovery Reset Flex Trends?
Reviewing the flex challenges of 2013 and 2014 trends to watch from the recovery to SFs mandate

FlexBulletin #85
– October 29, 2013 – HP Way Now:  Suspending Collaboration to Save it?
Yahoo and HP CEOs end collaborative, innovative schedules seeking…collaboration & innovation

FlexBulletin #84
– September 16, 2013 – Engaging Remotes:  "Soft" Skills Enable Software
As a range of collaboration tools emerge to support remote work, collaboration skills are essential

FlexBulletin #83
– September 4, 2013 – Honoring MLK and Labor Day
Dr. King’s dream of freedom and equality also inspires the decades-long struggle over work time

FlexBulletin #82
– July 17, 2013 – San Francisco Debates Vote on Flexibility
Frustrated at the lack of schedule flexibility and predictability at work, Supervisor proposes a referendum

FlexBulletin #81
– July 8, 2013 – Collaboration Heals Hospitals - Rx:  Team Self-Scheduling
Hundreds of RNs and managers in stressed urban hospitals build collaboration through scheduling

FlexBulletin #80
– July 1, 2013 – How Well Does Flex Recruit and Retain?
As labor markets tighten, companies turn to flex to recruit and retain - but does it?

FlexBulletin #79
– April 16, 2013 – Darwin: Time to Evolve Flexibility
Flexibility programs are evolving into the next and higher stage: Collaborative Scheduling

FlexBulletin #78 – April 3, 2013 – Do Republican Strategists Telecommute?
Has the language of flexibility – FWAs, telecommuting, etc. – become a hindrance to flexibility?

FlexBulletin #77
– March 14, 2013 – Collaboration Needs Skills, Not Location
The collaboration sought by Yahoo and Best Buy comes from skills, not location

FlexBulletin #76 – February 21, 2013 – Welcome to Our Blog – Short, Sharp, Social
Our new blog – The Co Scheduler – campaigns energetically for this new approach to flexibility

Bulletin #75 – February 4, 2013 – Flex: Career Premium or Penalties?
Recent research suggests different career impacts reflecting the reason for flex

Bulletin #74 – January 17, 2013 – Happy Flex Year – for Sure
2013 is the year to shift flexibility from FWA programs to Co Scheduling practice

Bulletin #73 – December 19, 2012 – What if Comp Were Offered Like Flex?
Comp offers are clear, quantitative, comparable and attractive - should flex be the same?

Bulletin #72 – December 3, 2012 – Campaigning for Leader Engagement
Leaders play a crucial role in maintaining and changing cultures, the space where true flexibility lives

Bulletin #71 – November 19, 2012 – Giving Thanks for Flexibility
This holiday embodies flexibility and is the occasion to acknowledge our good fortune

Bulletin #70 – July 4, 2012 – Flex and the Fourth of July
Does the Fourth inform our approach to flexibility?  And should it?

Bulletin #69 – June 4, 2012 – True Flex The Quest for Control
Most users of flexibility are seeking not "arrangements", but ways to manage schedule control

Bulletin #68 – May 7, 2012 – Unveiling Co Scheduling – New Flex in Pictures
It’s easiest to understand Co Scheduling by seeing its unique approach to guidelines

Bulletin #67 – May 1, 2012 – Isn’t ROBUST Flexibility the Best?   
Perhaps we’ve settled for too little flexibility for too few – and for too long

Bulletin #66 – April 15, 2012 – There’s training – then there’s TRAINING  
Flexibility is strengthened by integrated instruction rather than narrow tips

Bulletin #65 – March 28, 2012 – Sharing the Data Dilemma  
Working closely with Readers we can track flex trends: a survey

Bulletin #64 – March 6, 2012– Virtual Coaching – Way Past Due
Managers and employees who flex need ongoing guidance -- and technology offers it

Bulletin #63 – February 27, 2012 – Right Tracking vs Wrong Track
Are attempts at “tracking” flexibility headed on the right or the wrong track?

Bulletin #62 – February 14, 2012 – Is Flex THE TOTAL REWARD?
Are we entering an era when flex-as-a-superior reward has dollar and cents appeal?

Bulletin #61 – January 25, 2012 NEW, DELUXE 2012 Co Scheduling Tools
The shift from FWAs to Collaborative Scheduling as a goal requires a new toolkit

Bulletin #60 – January 5, 2012 – Flex 2011, 2012 – The Floodgates
If the floodgates closed tight in 2011, the pressure is on for a big opening in 2012

Bulletin #59 – December 21, 2011 – Observing the Holidays
Wishing all our faithful readers a restful, thoughtful and rejuvenating Holiday Season

Bulletin #58 – November 30, 2011 – The Next Frontier: Collaborative Scheduling
Why should Collaborative Scheduling replace FWAs on the road to greater flexibility?

Bulletin #57 – November 15, 2011– Farewell to FWAs?
Has the time come to rethink future flexibility as what it really is: Collaborative Scheduling?

Bulletin #56 – October 31, 2011 – How to Do "Millennial Flex"
Both predictable and very challenging steps must be taken to meet millennial expectations

Bulletin #55 – October 17, 2011 – Millennials Speak: “Manage Flexibly”
Results of our nine-employer focus group study show strong millennial interest in broader flex

Bulletin #54 – September 14, 2011 – Positioning Flex for Superior Recruitment
Focusing on the necessary steps for transforming flexibility into a recruiting asset

Bulletin #53 – August 31, 2011 – Turbo-charging Flex as Recruiter?
How companies claiming Flexibility as a recruitment & retention tool can deliver recruitment

Bulletin #52 July 6, 2011 – Flex Focus, Flex Retooling
Perhaps it’s time to focus on fewer goals and the tools that promote them

Bulletin #51 – June 29, 2011 – Flex and Independence Day
As we reflect on our founding principles, where does flexibility fit?

FlexBulletin #50 – June 8, 2011 – Readers Speak – State of Flex
As we slowly emerge from the Great Recession, our readers describe their firms’ flex status

FlexBulletin #49 – May 23, 2011 – Why the Fear of “Floodgates” Persists
Since no firm announcing FWAs has been flooded with users, why this concern?

FlexBulletin #48 – May 4, 2011 – Are We Changing Desks – or Cultures?
Does the wave of “distributed”, “offsite” or “remote work” represent workplace transformation?

FlexBulletin #47 – April 19, 2011 – Job Sharing – Productive or Prohibitive?
How can a highly productive way of working be restored to prominence among the options?

FlexBulletin #46 – March 30, 2011 – C-Suite Sets What Tone from the Top?
A sustained and clear change in the tone from the top can jump start flexibility

FlexBulletin #45 – March 16, 2011 – Flex Success Stories – Powerful or Anemic?
Storytelling is a powerful art, and success stories should offer clear guidance to users

FlexBulletin #44 – March 2, 2011 – The GPS of Flex – Introducing FlexWise 2.0
Building better guidance on a decade of best practices and a new, robust toolkit

FlexBulletin #43 – February 9, 2011 – Is Your Kitchen Ready for Company?
If flexibility is being transformed, do you have the capacity to manage the new traffic?

FlexBulletin #42 – January 25, 2011 – The Pitfalls of Offsite Work
A closer look at some of the avoidable challenges of remote work and telecommuting

Bulletin #41 – January 11, 2011 – Notable Flex 2010, Opportunities 2011
A look back at 2010’s noteworthy flexibility trends and forward to 2011’s prospects

FlexBulletin #40 – December 20, 2010 – Visions of Flex Training Dance in His Head
Manager engagement in productive flexibility requires robust leader training

FlexBulletin #39 – November 17, 2010 – Turning Engagement into Output
True flexibility allows serious work redesign, and engagement that builds satisfaction and output

Bulletin #38 October 20, 2010 – Stretch Goals for Productivity  
The proposal form enables manager and employee to create stretch goals

Bulletin #37 September 30, 2010 – Proposal Form as Productivity Promise
The proposal process offers a unique opportunity to identify, build and measure productivity

Bulletin #36 – August 31, 2010 – Productive Flex One Deal at a Time
In tracking productivity, don't overlook the FWA proposal form

Bulletin #35 – August 10, 2010 – Can Retention Still Drive Flexibility?
Long driven by the appeal of retention, is productivity now #1

Bulletin #34 – May 31, 2010 – A Flex Remodel may be in Order
How in this year of rebuilding companies flex remodels may be the way to go

Bulletin #33 – April 30, 2010 – When Flexibility Meets Wellness
Building satisfaction and productivity by applying flexibility to chronic conditions

Bulletin #32 – April 14, 2010 – Pioneering and Defining Flexibility
Why the founders of today's flexibility started from the Big Picture

Bulletin #31 – April 6, 2010 – Unique Flex Collaborators
How a creative partnership spanned a decade of internal/external flex work

Bulletin #30 – March 17, 2010 – Phasing into Retirement - NOW
A primer on Phased and Partial retirement and a guide to implementation

Bulletin #29 – March 3, 2010 – The Flex Decade, 2010 - 2019
An overview of the steady march of flex and priorities for the coming decade

Bulletin #28 – January 7, 2010 – Challenges 2009, Options 2010
A review of the potential gains and the gritty reality of recession year 2009

Bulletin #27 – December 16, 2009 – Informal Flexibility
Sodexo, a large services company, added informal flexibility to its FWA initiative

Bulletin #26 – November 5, 2009 – Enabling Managers
A review of ways managers are doubted in implementing flex

Bulletin #25 – October 27, 2009 – Respectful Flexibility
Outlining ways employees can be disrespected in the approach to flex

Bulletin #24 – September 30, 2009 – Still Fearing "Floodgates"
Addressing the age-old concern, “What if everyone wants flex?”

Bulletin #23 – July 22, 2009 – Is Our Flex Audit-Proof
An audit can provide a constructive review of a firm’s flexibility system

Bulletin #22 – June 11, 2009 – Flexibility: 2nd, a Conciliation Toolkit
The essential elements for creating and supporting quality flex negotiations  

Bulletin #21 – May 13, 2009 – Flexibility: 1st, the Positioning

Shifting the view of flexibility from accommodation to true business gain

Bulletin #20 – May 6, 2009 – Flexibility via Mutual Respect
Applying “Leading through Mutual Respect” principles to flexibility

Bulletin #19 – April 15, 2009 – Build Business, Assume Retention

The value, feasibility of reframing flex more as productivity than retention tool

Bulletin #18 – March 26, 2009 When Retention’s NOT a Bonus 
How flexibility has come to be seen primarily as a retention strategy

Bulletin #17 – March 4, 2009 – Power of Remote Work
Looking beyond cost savings as a goal and outcome of remote work

Bulletin #16 – February 18, 2009 – Phased Retirement (ASAP)
Declining retirement funds argue for extended retirement programs

Bulletin #15 – February 4, 2009 Four Drivers for Acting Now
Why a period of recession should be used to rebuild flex infrastructure

Bulletin #14 – January 21, 2009 Persuading Managers
Addressing the negative assumptions of managers may change attitudes

Bulletin #13 – January 14, 2009 The Job Multiplier
Work sharing and other forms of flex can reduce the impact of layoffs

Bulletin #12 – January 6, 2009 Deliver Real Value in 2009
This New Year issue suggests a comprehensive overhaul of flex systems

Bulletin #11 – December 16, 2008 – Progress 2008, Prospects 2009
A review of key developments in flexibility in 2008 and possibilities for 2009

Bulletin #10 – December 9, 2008 Cancer Demands Flexibility
A description of the unique forms of flexibility required by those with cancer

Bulletin #9 – December 3, 2008 Online Tool Sale
A summary of our FlexWise™ toolkit and its key elements

Bulletin #8 – November 19, 2008 Cutting Costs, Keeping Talent
An introductory overview of talent preservation strategies and tools

Bulletin #7 – November 12, 2008 Engaging Leaders
Several mini-studies of strategies for engaging leaders in initiatives

Bulletin #6 – November 6, 2008 PathFinding Research
A review of several research tools that can help with design and assessment

Bulletin #5 – October 21, 2008 Why Flex Now? The Data
An argument for embracing flexibility as a lead element in total rewards

Bulletin #4 – October 13, 2008 Top 5 Myths about FWAs
This quick review covers 5 assumptions about flex and solid rejoinders

Bulletin #3 – October 7, 2008 Why Is Flexibility The Right Move Now?
How enhanced flexibility can strengthen companies in uncertain times

Bulletin #2 – September 29, 2008 – Is Your Telecommuting Flawless?
An inventory of key best practices for effective telecommuting

Bulletin #1 – September 23, 2008 Compressed Workweeks Can Work For You

Our first issue debunks six pervasive myths about compressed workweeks