WorkHappy Wrap: Childcare in co-working spaces, IBM nixes its remote work policy and a new government jobs program (House of Cards, anyone?)

by Jennifer Sigler | May 19, 2017 | Workhappy Blog

Who says kids have to hold you back? New childcare options in the business world can unlock new opportunities for entrepreneurial parents.

Busy week in the world of news, jobs and news about jobs. Let’s get to it!

Startup like a parent: I’m talking about co-working spaces with childcare. While this is a slow phenomenon to take hold — a 2016 report by Emergent Research estimates only 15 of the 11,100 co-working spaces worldwide offer child care — it could revolutionize entrepreneurship by affording opportunities to great minds who wouldn’t otherwise be able to develop their great ideas. Read the New York Times article for glimpse at how this concept has changed the lives of several entrepreneurs.

It’s back to work we go: A pioneer of workplace flexibility, IBM is demolishing its remote work policy — employees must return to the office or find new employment. Why? To “improve collaboration and accelerate the pace of work,” according to the Wall Street Journal.  But they aren’t the first. In 2013, Yahoo brought their employees back to the office to promote a more collaborative culture. And while nurturing a collaborative culture is to be admired — and is known to spark innovation — workers value workplace flexibility now more than ever before.  The goal is obviously to improve IBM’s bottom line (which has fallen for 20 straight quarters), but one thing is certain: If workers aren’t happy they may just take IBM up on the latter of that ultimatum. Stay tuned.

How to earn a living: Recent grads are facing an uncomfortable dilemma: Job prospects vs. cost of living. This week, The Washington Post outlined the numbers of a recent report on Millennial job prospects co-produced by Trulia and Indeed, and the results are less than ideal. The verdict? The cities that frequently have the most job opportunities for recent college grads are (in general) very expensive. As in, “just because you’ve graduated college doesn’t mean you’ve escaped roommates” expensive. But there are a few cities that seem to be striking a balance; Seattle, Austin and Salt Lake City — you’ve never looked so good…

Jobs — guaranteed?: The Center for American Progress has proposed that the government should offer a new jobs program. The report argues that action is needed more than ever with a shrinking middle-class and workers without college degrees severely struggling. How would it work? Aimed at the aforementioned demographic, the program would create more than 4 million jobs that would pay $15 an hour plus benefits — costing the government approximately $158 billion a year. Sounds good on the surface, but as Annie Lawry of the Atlantic points out, the proposal raises more than a few questions.

Mentor Match: You need to check out the latest installment in the Atlantic’s series on mentorship. Gillian White interviews Lauren Williams — the features editor at Essence — on the importance of mentorship, especially for women and people of color in white male-dominated industries.  Her relationship with her mentor, Vanessa De Luca, is the stuff of which great mentorships are made.

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