The Custom-Fit Workplace: Choose When, Where, and How to Work and Boost Your Bottom Line
August 2010, Jossey-Bass
In this book, Blades and Fondas offer business professionals an
indispensable handbook for transforming the way we work and
breaking free from the old, inflexible, 40-hour workweek. The
authors show creative ways for individuals to fit work requirements
with life obligations, and persuade managers to adopt these
custom-fit work strategies to improve their bottom line. Readers
will finish the book convinced of the place of custom-fit work
arrangements in today’s workplace—and of how honoring
employees’ lives outside of work is an effective and
innovative strategy for both managers and organizations. Featuring
compelling stories of companies like Jet Blue, Ernst & Young,
and Best Buy, the book profiles strategies that are gaining
traction in workplaces across the country:
· New twists on traditional flexible hours and part-time work strategies
· Virtual workplaces
· Results-Only Work Environments (ROWEs)
· “Babies at Work” programs
· “On ramp and off ramp” opportunities
Practical and engaging, The Custom-Fit Workplace provides individuals and employers the tools they need to be successful and happy both at work and in life.
2 The Custom-Fit Workplace: Business Benefits.
3 Flexibility at Work: The Basics of Custom Fit.
4 Virtually Perfect: The Promises of Remote Work.
5 Off-Ramps and On-Ramps: Job and Career Lane Changes.
6 Contract Work and On-Demand Talent: A Fit for Some.
7 When Babies Go to Work: A Simple Solution to a Common Need.
8 A More Perfect Union: The New Face of Labor and Custom Fits.
9 From High Stress to High Commitment: Workplaces Rooted in Respect.
10 The Custom-Fit Future: Moving Forward.
About the Authors.
Joan Blades (bottom) is co-founder of MomsRising.org, MoveOn.org, and the software company BerkeleySystems. Nominated one of Time magazine's Most Influential People, she was named 2003 Woman of the Year by Ms. magazine.
Nanette Fondas (top) is author of award-winning articles and research on management, organizations, and work. Featured regularly in The Huffington Post, Yes! Magazine, and her blog, MomsRising.org, she earned a doctorate from Harvard Busi?ness School and a master's from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar.
We are standing on the brink of a workplace transformation, and Joan Blades and Nanette Fondas have designed the essential roadmap to navigate us through these changing times.
The Custom-Fit Workplace: Choose When, Where, and How to Work and Boost Your Bottom Line (Wiley, August 2010, 978-0-470-63353-3, $25.95) is the perfect, quintessential handbook for transforming the way we work in the 21st century. Offering proven best strategies for an alternative to the rigid 40-hour work schedule, Blades and Fondas encourage new, flexible ways of working that help employees successfully blend their work responsibilities with their life obligations and convince managers to embrace these proven, effective strategies.
It’s time for a change in businesses throughout the world: men and women need time to care for their children or aging parents. Many are having a difficult time returning to their jobs if they take time off; dual earning households are increasing in numbers; our 24/7 work culture is placing an unnecessary stress on working professionals; and individuals at all levels in an organization are struggling to sustain a sense of equilibrium between their work and personal lives while making ends meet.
Considering the many businesses that have been hit hard by the economic downturn, it has never been more urgent to ally our work and home life to prevent an unwanted, unnecessary collision between the two. Businesses are seeking new, creative ways to preserve their talent rather than laying-off people and The Custom-Fit Workplace gives the best strategies and practices for creating nimble, productive, competitive organizations that satisfy everyone involved.
Highlighting compelling stories of companies like Jet Blue, Ernst & Young, Best Buy, Deliotte & Touche and the University of California, the book introduces successful strategies that have been spreading across workplaces throughout the country, such as:
- New twists on traditional flexible hours and part-time work strategies
- Virtual work from home and staffing entirely at-home workers
- Results-Only Work Environments (ROWEs)
- Babies at Work programs
- “On ramp” and “Off ramp” opportunities
After reading The Custom-Fit Workplace, people will adopt new, efficient ways to integrate their work and home responsibilities, while managers will be persuaded to implement these flexible work tactics to improve their bottom line by tapping into the power of their key asset: their people. This useful, appealing, research-based book will present individuals and employers universally the tools they need to be pleased and thriving both at work and in their other life quests.
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