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Useful Tips & Tools for Open, Flexible Work Options in Your Workplace

Open, Flexible Work is the term we use in the MOTHERS agenda to refer to workplace practices that accommodate both work and family needs. *Click here to skip to tips & tools you can use in your workplace.

Flexible work arrangements give parents the ability to work more flexibly, regardless of the person's level in the organization. Factory workers, middle managers, and executive level employees all need to be able to structure their work lives in a way that allows them to meet both business and family needs. The fact is that flexible work is good for all workers - parents and non-parents. Good work/life fit is of value to everyone and as a consequence it is good for business.

Offering flexible work options helps the corporate bottom line by increasing employee satisfaction, productivity and retention. It also can foster significant customer good will and certain kinds of flexibility reduce physical overhead. All this ends up benefiting business. It's a win-win - for both families and businesses.

MomsRising is working to help make America more family-friendly - and parents less crazy busy - by encouraging employers of all types to adopt flexible work arrangements, including:

  • flexible scheduling
  • telecommuting
  • job sharing
  • career customization
  • taking babies to work
  • part-time work options and
  • on-ramps for parents who take time away from work

Tips & Tools for Flexible Work Options

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Posted July 15, 2014 by joan

I became aware of the huge bias against mothers in hiring, wages and advancement over a decade ago.  In response I co-founded with Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner.  As I learned more and more about work that was compatible with parenthood it became clear that all the practices that are good for mothers are good for everybody, businesses included. [...]

Great Work Cultures Big Tent Initiative -- Moving from Command and Control to Respect and Empower

Posted July 7, 2014 by joan

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Share Your Stories to Help Create Workplace Change

Posted June 30, 2014 by Emma Plumb

I’m passionate about an issue that deeply affects moms: the need for work flexibility to be embraced by employers across the country. But I’m not a mom myself, and so I’m usually careful to emphasize all the many reasons work flexibility is important that are unrelated to parenthood or gender. Work flexibility is good for [...]

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Sign our thank you card to keep the MOMentum going!

Posted June 26, 2014 by Kristin

Take Action! Do you have a second to sign a very important thank you card to the White House? Click here to sign on to the thank you card now: Why the card? Well, we (and you) just had a… drumroll please…. MAJOR VICTORY! Many of's top policy priorities and members were just prominently featured at the White House Summit [...]

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