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quinta-feira, 9 de junho de 2011

MMA assina termo de cooperação A3P com a CAIXA

ederal. Desta vez, o termo de cooperação com o MMA, que representa o compromisso de cumprir metas ecologicamente corretas no dia-a-dia de trabalho, foi assinado pela Caixa Econômica Federal (CEF).
"A questão ambiental é basicamente mudança de comportamento", afirmou a ministra Izabella Teixeira durante a cerimônia de assinatura, realizada nesta quinta-feira (09/6), no Teatro da Caixa Cultural, em Brasília, como parte da Semana do Meio Ambiente. A adesão da CEF à A3P vai vigorar entre 2011 e 2016.
Essa é uma decisão voluntária que inclui tarefas que vão desde educação ambiental dos servidores, redução de gases de efeito estufa, mudanças em investimentos, gestão adequada de resíduos e de recursos naturais até a promoção de licitações que tenham preocupações com o meio ambiente.
Izabella Teixeira comentou a importância do programa e do papel da Caixa Econômica Federal na vida dos cidadãos brasileiros, enfatizando as ações da instituição para a proteção aos biomas brasileiros e à qualidade de vida nas áreas urbanas.
"O Brasil será a quinta economia do mundo, e além de ter um povo simpático e charmoso ainda será modelo de País de desenvolvimento sustentável", brincou a ministra. 
O presidente da CEF, Jorge Hereda, citou o Fundo Socioambiental, lançado em novembro do ano passado, com o compromisso de aplicar até 2% do lucro em projetos de caráter social e ambiental.
"Nesta semana vamos lançar duas chamadas públicas, com R$ 4 milhões para investimentos em projetos de reflorestamento e recuperação de nascentes, e no dia 17, Dia Nacional de Combate à Desertificação, teremos R$ 6 milhões para o uso sustentável da Caatinga", anunciou Hereda. 

Cartão Nota Fiscal Paulista – Mais Praticidade


Cartão Nota Fiscal Paulista – Mais Praticidade aquela tão famosapergunta em praticamente todos os estabelecimentos comerciais esta com os dias contado, com o novo cartão, o comerciante não precisa mais perguntar, bastando apresentar o cartão já é informado que 1este consumidor é participantes do programa, que por sinal vindo a trazer muitos beneficio a todos, principalmente para o estado.

Veja também – Nota Fiscal Paulista – Muitas vantagens

Trata se de um programa muito sério envolvendo o estado e a fazenda onde o objetivo é aumentar ainda mais a arecadação, e com este novo cartão com certeza ira facilitar ainda muito  mais, nele  contém um código de barras impresso que pode ser lido em qualquer máquina de leitura ótica existente nos supermercados e lojas do comércio, onde não houver o equipamento, basta que o comerciante digite o número que está visível no cartão.

Veja abaixo dicas de como imprimir seu Cartão em poucos minutos:

1. Acesse o site da Secretaria da Fazenda ( www.fazenda.sp.gov.br ) ou clique aqui, www.nfp.fazenda.sp.gov.br;
2. Clique no banner da Nota Fiscal Paulista;
3. No menu superior no canto à esquerda, clique em “Acesso ao Sistema”;
4. Uma janela nova vai se abrir;
5. Digite seu CPF / CNPJ e insira sua senha pessoal e os caracteres que aparecem na tela;
6. Clique em “Acessar”;
7. No menu superior, coloque o cursor do mouse no item “Configurar”;
8. Clique na opção “Cartão NFP”;
9. Desative a opção bloquear “Popup” do seu computador, caso esteja
bloqueado;
10. Clique em “Imprimir Cartão”.

UFC 131 Pre-fight Press Conference

Fim da carta-frete será debatido em evento na NTC&Logística

esolução da ANTT n° 3.658, no último dia 19 de abril. Com o objetivo de esclarecer as dúvidas dos empresários, a NTC&Logística realizará uma palestra para debater o assunto, no próximo dia 21 de junho.
A regulamentação, que prevê alteração na rotina de pagamentos de fretes aos Transportadores Autônomos de Cargas (TAC), determina a conta frete como novo sistema de pagamento.
Palestra de esclarecimentos sobre a conta frete
Data: 21 de junho de 2011
Local: NTC&Logística
Endereço: Rua Orlando Monteiro, 01 - Vila Maria.
Horário: 14h
Inscrições gratuitas, clique aqui.

REGULAMENTAÇÃO DO TRANSPORTE DE CARGAS BENEFICIA EMPRESAS E CAMINHONEIROS


José Araújo “China” da Silva
 
O transporte rodoviário de cargas está passando por grandes mudanças. Cerca de 70% das mercadorias passam pelas estradas*, dado que coloca em evidência a importância do serviço para a economia do país. Finalmente, em abril deste ano, a Agência Nacional de Transportes Terrestres (ANTT) adequou o pagamento dos caminhoneiros autônomos, proibindo o uso de carta-frete ou de qualquer outro meio não homologado pela Agência, colaborando para diminuição da informalidade no setor.
Há 50 anos utilizada pelas transportadoras e embarcadoras para pagar pelo transporte de carga, a carta-frete é um documento sem valor fiscal, emitido ilegalmente pelas próprias empresas. Com ela o caminheiro fica exposto às práticas impostas pelo mercado, já que só pode descontá-la nos postos de combustível conveniados com a contratante. Além do vínculo com determinados estabelecimentos, estes impõem condições para a troca da carta-frete por dinheiro ou cheque, como o consumo mínimo obrigatório e a cobrança de um valor superior no litro do combustível. Esta prática infringe o Código de Defesa do Consumidor, que proíbe condicionar o fornecimento de um produto ao consumo de outro.
 
Além de prejudicar o transportador autônomo, a carta-frete dificulta a fiscalização e facilita a sonegação de impostos. Estima-se que o setor movimente R$ 60 bilhões anualmente, mas 73% estariam na informalidade. O governo brasileiro registra como movimentação de frete em relação aos caminhoneiros apenas R$ 16 bilhões por ano, segundo dado do Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatística (IBGE).
 
A partir dessa situação é formado um ciclo vicioso de problemas: com a informalidade na forma de pagamento, o caminhoneiro não consegue comprovar a renda e, consequentemente, não pode efetuar financiamentos. Sem financiamento não há renovação da frota, o que gera altos gastos com manutenção e contribui para problemas ambientais, como grande emissão de gases poluentes e maior número de acidentes e mortes nas rodovias.
 
Aliado a isso, há um aumento crescente na demanda por transporte rodoviário, além dos baixos pagamentos, irregularidades e péssimas condições de trabalho que os caminhoneiros autônomos enfrentam. Resultado: caso nenhuma medida fosse tomada, o setor enfrentaria grave crise em breve.
 
Diante dessa situação o governo resolveu agir. Para reequilibrar o transporte terrestre de cargas, alguns programas de financiamento de compra de caminhões novos e usados foram criados, sendo o mais eficaz o Procaminhoneiro, para o qual o Governo Federal consultou entidades de classe e o setor privado para colaborarem com o desenvolvimento. A iniciativa permitiu a redução da taxa de juros de 13,5% para 4,5% ao ano, além de possibilitar a ampliação no prazo de financiamento de 84 para 96 meses.
 
Apesar de apresentar alguns resultados positivos, o Procaminhoneiro não solucionou todo o problema. Assim, pesquisas e consultas foram realizadas até, finalmente, a informalidade no pagamento de frete ser questionada. A União Nacional dos Caminhoneiros (Unicam) foi a entidade que alertou o governo quanto à necessidade da abolição da carta-frete.
 
Então, após a realização de Audiência Pública, a ANTT publicou no Diário Oficial da União a resolução nº 3.658/2011 regulamentando o pagamento dos caminhoneiros autônomos e proibindo definitivamente a carta-frete. A partir da data de publicação, em abril de 2011, as empresas têm até 180 dias para se adequar à nova norma sem serem penalizadas. Transportadoras e embarcadoras podem escolher entre duas formas de pagamento: depósito direto na conta do caminhoneiro ou contratação de uma empresa homologada pela ANTT.
 
A Agência irá credenciar empresas especializadas para disponibilizar ferramentas de pagamento desenvolvidas com foco nas necessidades dos caminhoneiros. Basicamente, as empresas candidatas à homologação devem ter sistemas de pagamento com recursos tecnológicos que permitam efetuar créditos para liquidação dos fretes, operações de saque e débito e utilização de senha para impedir o uso não autorizado. 
 
Para acabar de vez com a informalidade, a colaboração de empresas sérias, idôneas, preocupadas com a sociedade e com o meio ambiente será essencial. Cabe a elas tomarem a frente para combater o círculo vicioso e se adequarem às novas normas, contratando transportadoras responsáveis que atuam legalmente e administradoras de meios de pagamento eletrônico de frete habilitadas pela ANTT. Devem também fiscalizar e denunciar empresas que continuem realizando práticas ilegais. Esses são os primeiros e mais importantes passos para que o mercado melhore cada vez mais e, junto com ele, os caminhoneiros autônomos e a economia do país. 
 
* Nardocci, A. C; Leal, O.L, 2006. Informações sobre Acidentes com Transporte Rodoviário de Produtos Perigosos no Estado de São Paulo: os desafios para Vigilância em Saúde Ambiental. In: Saúde e Sociedade v.15, n. 2, p. 113-121, maio-ago.
 
José Araújo “China” da Silva é presidente da Unicam, entidade que representa os caminhoneiros em todo o país, com o objetivo de defender os direitos e interesses referentes à atividade dos caminhoneiros autônomos e microempresários. 

Itaú lidera lista das 25 marcas mais valiosas do Brasil

Reprodução Internet
Itaú: marca avaliada em R$ 24 bilhões
Itaú, Bradesco, Petrobras, Branco do Brasil e Skol. Estas são, respectivamente, as marcas mais valiosas do país segundo ranking elaborado pela Interbrand, consultoria líder mundial em estratégia e identidade de marca. Juntas, estas companhias respondem por 75% do valor total das 25 maiores marcas brasileiras, que é de R$ 92 bilhões.
Apesar de as primeiras colocadas terem um valor bem maior que as demais participantes, todas as companhias tiveram um aumento expressivo no valor de suas marcas (veja tabela abaixo). A nota de corte do levantamento subiu de R$ 87 milhões em 2009, para R$ 209 milhões em 2010. “Estamos vendo um reflexo claro do crescimento da economia e da maior preocupação dos gestores com suas marcas”, afirma Daniela Bianchi, diretora de estratégia da Interbrand.
A marca que teve maior aumento de valor em 2010 foi a Hering, com um aumento de 45% em relação a 2009. Depois de um trabalho bem-sucedido de reposicionamento, a marca fechou o ano passado valendo R$ 209 milhões.
A Vale foi outro destaque. Com a forte crise de 2008, a empresa sequer apareceu na lista de 2009. Mas para recuperar posição, a mineradora investiu em uma forte campanha institucional, que a colocou na 8ª posição em 2010, com um valor de R$ 2,6 bilhões.
Também se destacaram algumas empresas varejistas. Extra, Casas Bahia, Pão de Açúcar e Ponto Frio apareceram pela primeira vez no ranking, mostrando que a consolidação desse setor vem impulsionando o valor das marcas.
Outra estreia foi da Cielo, marca que surgiu da mudança de nome da Visanet. “A empresa quebrou um paradigma, pois estreou no ranking ainda novata e num mercado também novo, que em 2009 não existia”, afirma Daniela.
O ranking da Interbrand leva em conta duas dimensões, a Força da Marca e o Papel da Marca. Força é a capacidade da marca de assegurar lucros futuros. Já o Papel, representa a influência no processo de compra.
A seguir, confira o ranking completo.

As 25 marcas mais valiosas do Brasil em 2010
Marca Valor (em milhões de reais) crescimento em relação a 2009
Itaú 24.296 +18%
Bradesco 13.633 +10%
Petrobras 11.608 +7%
Banco do Brasil 11.309 +8%
Skol 7.277 +10%
Natura 5.666  +22%
Brahma 4.351  +21%
Vale 2.656 Não estava no ranking anterior
Antarctica 2.013 +15%
Vivo 1.700 +16%
Lojas Renner 835 +7%
Lojas Americanas 703 +17%
Embratel 619 -15%
Cielo 604 Estreia no ranking
Cyrela 587 +8%
Caixa Econômica Federal 563 Estreia no ranking
Oi 514 +8%
Banrisul 501 Estreia no ranking
Extra 496 +9%
Casas Bahia 447 -22%
Braskem 422 Estreia no ranking
Pão de Açúcar 389 Estreia no ranking
Net 323 +10%
Ponto Frio 232 Estreia no ranking
Hering 209 +45%
Fonte: Interbrand

Ten Ways to Revamp Your Career


With unemployment at 8.7 percent, even people who love their jobs (or at least claim to) are looking for ways to become just a bit more indispensable. And if that’s not possible? A sizable share of those who were laid off within the past year found new positions by retooling their skills and working in a new field.
But what exactly does it mean to “update” your resume or “retool” your skills? David Smith, managing director of Accenture’s talent and organization practice, gives ten tips for those looking to start, re-start, or re-energize their careers.
  1. Go Global. On nearly every level, companies are looking to expand into international markets. So seek out opportunities to show you can understand, work with, and be productive with people from other cultures. The best experience, of course, is an overseas stint. If that’s not possible, try to at least travel abroad for work or get significant business done with an overseas office
  2. Lead. It sounds so simple, but how do you lead if no one’s following? Don’t try to do it on your own-seek out a mentor who can help you take more responsibility on a particular account or will support you as you project leader.
  3. Do the Math. Math and analytic skills are in wide demand across industries. So don’t shrink from those Excel spreadsheets. You don’t have to have aced calculus-but anyone who can glean insights from a mass of data is going to have an edge.
  4. Update Your Tech Skills. It’s not all about Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and instant messaging-all at the same time. Chances are that your industry has software or technology specific to its needs. You need to make sure you’re on top of all the technology advances in your industry, even if that means you have to do it on your own time.
  5. Know the Business of Business. It’s not enough just to be good at your job. You’ve got to know your industry too-trends, margins, regulatory issues and the earnings reports of your company and your competitors. This will make you more valuable to your employer, and it’ll also give you an early heads’ up should it be time to make a change.
  6. Do Something. Anything. Employers want to hire people who are productive and can execute-even if they don’t happen to have a job. So get out there and make things happen, as a volunteer, a freelancer, or as an intern or employee in a field that’s adjacent to yours.
  7. Get experience with customers. They’re the ones who make and break companies, after all. Customer service skills are becoming more important in all industries.
  8. Trade Up. For some, learning a trade may seem like a step backward. But there are many industries-microbreweries, for example-that just don’t have enough skilled craftsmen (craftspeople? crafters?). Learning a trade, and then putting good business experience and smarts behind that expertise, can be a winning combination.
  9. Fix Your Online Presence. This should be common sense, but Smith says it bears repeating: Employers are looking at your Facebook page, your LinkedIn profile, your Twitter feed, and googling the heck out of you. Make sure they find a competent professional, not someone whose “friends” posted unflattering pictures from the last beer bash.
  10. Keep at it. Even when it seems like you’re stuck in neutral, keep networking, learning about your industry, and considering different career paths. You never know what you might find.
Have you revamped your career or successfully made a career change? How?

LinkedIn Trumps Facebook in Popularity Contest


It’s hard to think of Facebookas an also-ran, but here it is: Some 59 percent of those who use social networking sites-like Facebook-say that their most important social networking account is theirLinkedIn account. Last year, only 41 percent chose LinkedIn as their most important account.
The fact that LinkedIn is cited as the most important is particularly interesting given that LinkedIn users don’t visit the site nearly as often as Facebook users.
  • Of the social networks studied, only MySpace was visited less frequently than LinkedIn.
  • Some 20 percent of respondents said they visited LinkedIn daily, compared to 70 percent for Facebook.
  • Half of respondents visit linked in every day, but 97 percent visit Facebook daily.
These stats come from Performics, which recently sponsored a studyof nearly 3,000 people who actively use the Web for social networking.
After LinkedIn, TwitterYouTube, Facebook and MySpace were listed as ‘most important,’ in that order. But study respondents were not asked to choose one social networking site over another. Instead, they were asked “How important to you is having an account on each of the following?” The differences between sites were generally just a few percentage points.
Still, it’s a nice vindication for LinkedIn, which until its initial public offering was often perceived as the dull, corporate-minded sibling of more entertaining sites like Facebook. Daina Middleton, CEO of Performics, said that high unemployment, an economy that appears to be slowing, and LinkedIn’s recent IPO all contributed to its popularity.
How We Buy
The larger focus of the study was to get some new information about how people use social networking sites to make decisions about what to buy and to communicate with companies. Some of those findings:
  • Comparison shopping thrives on social networks. Some 59 percent of respondents said they use social networks to compare prices, and 56 percent use the sites to tell people about sales.
  • Online referrals matter. Some 60 percent of respondents said they were at least somewhat likely to take action when a friend posts something online about a product, service, or company.
  • Feedback comes through social networks. Some 53 percent of people said they use social networks to communicate with a company or retailer at least occasionally, and 52 percent think they can influence business decisions made by companies by making their opinions known via social media.
  • Companies are persuasive on social networks. About one-third of people said that interacting with a company via social media made them more aware of that company’s efforts to be eco-friendly.

Government Agencies Required To Go 95% Green On All Purchases

Last week, the Federal Acquisition Regulations Council released an interim rule on green procurement, requiring that the head of each agency ensure that 95 % of new contract actions are for products and services that are energy efficient, water efficient, bio-based, environmentally preferable or non-ozone depleting, adhering to criteria set out by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Agriculture Department. The agencies also must aim to procure items that contain recycled content and are nontoxic.
Spearheaded by the Defense Department, NASA and the General Services Administration, this new policy, is part of the Obama administration's campaign to lead by example in sustainable purchasing. The policy also requires all federal contractors to support the government's goals in environmental management, and includes new requirements for electronic or other paper-saving methods for submitting documents required by contracts.
The interim rule on green procurement it is a follow-up to President Obama's 2009 executive order on green management that sets sustainability goals for Federal agencies and focuses on making improvements in their environmental, energy and economic performance.
  • 30% reduction in vehicle fleet petroleum use by 2020;
  • 26% improvement in water efficiency by 2020;
  • 50% recycling and waste diversion by 2015;
  • 95% of all applicable contracts will meet sustainability requirements;
  • Implementation of the 2030 net-zero-energy building requirement;
  • Implementation of the stormwater provisions of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, section 438; and
  • Development of guidance for sustainable Federal building locations in alignment with the Livability Principles put forward by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Department of Transportation, and the Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Support sustainable communities
  • Leverage Federal purchasing power to promote environmentally-responsible products and technologies to foster markets in these sectors.
The effects of President Obama's Executive Order have been rippling through the federal government purchasing community for a while. [See 15 Green Supply Chain Studies You Should Know About]
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently issued its Guides for the Use of Environmental Marketing Claims, commonly known as the Green Guides, to help marketers avoid making environmental claims that are unfair or deceptive under Section 5 of the FTC Act. The Green Guides outline general principles that apply to all environmental marketing claims and then provide guidance on specific green claims, such as biodegradable, compostable, recyclable, recycled content, and ozone safe. The FTC is currently reviewing its Green Guides to ensure that they are appropriately responsive to changes in the marketplace and in consumer perception of environmental claims.
EPA has been soliciting opinions about the role EPA should play in the development, manufacture, designation and use of green and sustainable products. Last fall, the agencyEPA held a "listening session"on the EPA's role in:
  • Assembling environmental information and databases
  • Setting product sustainability priorities
  • Evaluating products across their entire lifecycle
  • Defining criteria for more sustainable products
  • Generating eco-labels and standards
  • Verifying products meet green standards
  • Measuring results
U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) is also focusing on improvements to its process for identifying greener products and services. It is currently reviewing, for example, how to identify legitimate environmental standards and labels that can help federal purchasers meet the Executive Order requirements. The updated GSA approach will determine what type of environmental information is most accessible to federal government purchasers using the GSA schedules. The GSA is developing and evaluating green technologies and practices in the following areas:
  • Electronics Stewardship
  • Innovative Building Technologies
  • Greening the Supply Chain
  • Electric Vehicle Pilot Program
  • Investing in Clean Energy Economy
  • GSA's Green Purchasing Plan
  • The DoD formed a partnership with the Energy department last year to conserve energy. The alliance is designed to focus[the Energy Department's unique knowledge on meeting defense requirements by taking technologies from labs to the battlefield. They seek to use the collaboration to improve the operational effectiveness of the armed forces and serve as an early customer for innovative energy technologies to jump-start their broader commercial adoption. [See Sustainability is a Key Driver of Innovation]
  • As much as 50% of all current Air Force construction project incorporate the use of green-roof technologies. The most common technologies used by the Air Force are cool roofs, vegetative roofs and renewable-energy generation.
  • A 1-megawatt solar array is being built at Fort Hunter Liggett, CA and is set to become operational later this year. It will provide one-third of the power for the nation's largest Army Reserve training post, and ultimately it will save $1 million in energy costs annually.
  • The Army is moving forward with its Pilot Army Net Zero Installation initiative, which is part of a program to conserve energy, water and waste worldwide. A Net Zero installation is one that produces as much as it uses over the course of a year. A Net Zero Water Installation begins with conservation and continues with repurposing, such as creating grey water generated from showers and laundries for on-site use, including irrigation. A Net Zero Waste Installation is one that reduces, reuses, and recovers waste streams, converting them to usable resources, thereby reducing or eliminating the need for landfills. It begins with conservation and continues with repurposing, such as creating grey water generated from showers and laundries for on-site use, including irrigation. The Army announced which posts have been selected to participate back in April.
  • A Net Zero Waste Installation is one that reduces, reuses, and recovers waste streams, converting them to usable resources, thereby reducing or eliminating the need for landfills
  • An amendment to a major military spending bill before the House would rescind a 2007 federal law barring the Defense Department from using alternative fuels, like synthetic oil made from coal, that produce more climate-altering pollution than conventional fuels.A bill containing the amendment cleared the House Armed Services Committee in April.
NASA has a Greenspace Initiative, which aligns NASA's research and development programs with green activities by providing strategy, integration, and implementation support for a diverse portfolio of alternative energy and environmental projects in four focus areas:
  • Green Aviation
  • Global Prediction, Monitoring, & Response
  • Clean Energy
  • Sustainable Systems
NASA is also striving to reduce its carbon footprint, encourage sustainable institutional practices, and motivate employees to choose environmentally-responsible work and lifestyle habits through its Green NASA Ames projects:

Survey: Workers Want Flexibility, But There's Too Much Work

This blog is written by a member of our expert blogging community and expresses that expert's views alone.

work+life fitFlexibility in how, when, and where work is done--and life is managed--is no longer a bright, shiny, novelty item that only a few people have:
  • A majority of full-time employees say they have some form of work+life flexibility.
  • Flexibility survived the recession intact and continues to grow.
  • If we work from home or shifted our hours, we're significantly less fearful of the negative impact or concerned about what others will think than we were five years ago. However, the primary obstacles now are time and workload.
These are just a few of the findings from the newly released fourth edition of theWork+Life Fit™ Reality Check survey, a biennial study that monitors the national progress of issues related to work life flexibility from the individual's point of view.
The survey provides insight into where we need to focus today for flexibility to become a meaningful and deliberate part of the way we manage our business, work and lives. In other words, Work+Life Flex 2.0.
First conducted in 2006 for my company, Work+Life Fit, Inc. by Opinion Research Corporation, this telephone survey of a national probability sample of 637 full-time employed adults has a margin of error of +/- 4 percent.
While the results are discussed in their entirety in the 2011 Work+Life Fit Reality Check Executive Summary, highlights include:
What's new about work+life flexibility:
The flexibility that existed before the downturn survived intact and is growing; therefore, flexibility in how, when and where work is done - and life is managed - is here to stay, in good times and bad. It's not a fad, but a foundational part of how to live and work.
Since 2006, people are significantly less afraid of the financial impact and the negative perceptions of flexibility, but today too little time and too much work get in the way. One of the most surprising and encouraging findings from the survey is the dramatic drop when compared to 2006 in the concerns related to using flexibility. This despite the recession. However, it's important to note that these fears and concerns haven't gone away completely:
  • You might make less money: 21% in 2011 versus 45% in 2006
  • You might lose your job: 16% in 2011 versus 28% in 2006
  • Others will think you don't work hard: 11% in 2011 versus 39% in 2006
  • You worry that your boss would say "no": 13% in 2011 versus 32% in 2006
What's new in 2011 is that 29% of respondents reported that the biggest obstacle to using or improving work life flexibility was "increased workload or no time for flexibility."
Other challenges and roadblocks to optimizing flexibility addressed in the survey include: the prevailing perception that work+life flexibility is a "perk or benefit" versus a strategy for managing the business; the lack communication and coordination across all levels that limits the success of day-to-day flexibility; and the sense that individuals can't initiate flexibility but must wait for managers to bestow it.
The challenge now is to tackle all of these issues head on in order to use flexibility as a targeted, deliberate strategy to achieve business and personal goals. For example, reframe flexibility as a solution for managing workload and time to get the job done and have a life.
Because, as the majority of respondents noted, without optimal work life flexibility business will suffer particularly in terms of employee health, morale, and productivity. And the employee desire for optimal flexibility continues to be a primary recruitment and retention issue.
What's current about the state of work+life flexibility:
Day-to-day, informal flexibility is most common form, and flextime leads the way as the most popular formal arrangement. Even though day-to-day, ad hoc flexibility is the most common form that individuals use, in too many organizations "flexibility" means formal plans. As a result, employers and individuals undervalue the power of day-to-day shifts in how, when and where work is done as part of a targeted strategy.
Men and women are equally as likely to want and use work life flexibility, with men more likely than women to use formal flextime and compressed workweeks. Hopefully this is another nail in the coffin that work+life flexibility is a "women's" issue. No, it's not.
For individuals, the main takeaway and question from the 2011 Work+Life Fit Reality Check:
The main takeaway for individuals from the survey is that work+life flexibility is no longer something unusual that only a few people have. In fact, most full-time employees have it whether it's informal, day-to-day flexibility or a formal plan. But is question is are you using that flexibility to achieve your unique work and personal goals. Or, are you stuck behind lingering fears, and too much work and too little time?
Here are 5 Takeaway Tips for Individuals to help all of us get the most out of the work life flexibility, now that it's become a foundational part of the way we live and work.
For employers, the main takeaway and question from the 2011 Work+Life Fit Reality Check:
The main takeaway for employers from the survey is that work+life flexibility is here to stay and a majority of your full-time employees say they have some form of it. But the question is are you using that flexibility to achieve your organization's broad profit, growth and employee goals (see below)?
Impacts
Here are 6 Takeaway Tips for Employers based on the survey findings to help employers capture, and target the flexibility toward specific strategic objectives.
What do you think? After reviewing the findings from the 2011 Work+Life Fit Reality Check findings ... Has flexibility become a foundational part of the way you live, work and run your business? Do you agree that it's time to move onto Work+Life Flex 2.0 and start capturing and targeting that work+life flexibility to achieve your unique goals?