The Flex Network - Week 12



Good morning,

It's FRIDAY! Hurrah. 

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Here's this week's headlines...

Social Media, Marketing & Tech

HURRAH! Some social media overlords are seemingly listening to us, you'll are now able to view your Twitter feed in chronological order once again. Now, if only Instagram would get the hint...

Learning to code using JavaScript is child's play with this easy app called Grasshopper. A must for anyone who's interested in brushing up their tech skills. 

Interested in the anthropology of social media? Here's a free five-week free online course from UCL which does a deep dive into why we post, rather than just the logistics of how we post. 

I've never seen a Twitter carousel done well before, but this one from Chanel genuinely was "thumb-stopping" for me. Swoon!


Flex, flex, flex

The FT have just announced the champions of women in business, both men and women. It's a really interesting read.

Flexible Work advocates Timewise have launched a programme to support flexers called... the PowerFlex Network. Sounds familiar, right? Aside from the similar name to this brilliant newsletter, it's also great for supporting equality for part-time/flexible workers. A report they conducted revealed that nearly seven in 10 (68%) respondents felt so grateful to be allowed to work part-time that they accept career compromises. Sigh. And they wonder why there's a gender pay gap.... (of course flexing is about so much more than just PT jobs).

This is an ugly website, but there's some interesting stats in this article about attitudes towards overtime and what causes the most wasted time at work.

It seems that taking an extended career break (12months+) can really inhibit your chances of getting back to the workforce. I heard a lot of women's shocking experiences of this over on Facebook this week. Could "Returnships" be the answer for parents who have taken time out to care for their children? I'm on the fence, but it's a good step forward.

This article really encapsulates why flexible working is so important for everyone - some people want to hit the gym, climb mountains or create art, some need to care for their own parents, some for their kids. We all have a reason why we want to flex.  

Depressingly, this article echoes this sentiment, but goes on to say that Facebook doesn't support the flex-life despite Mark Zuckerberg and his wife banging on about family and balance all the time. UNLIKE.

That's all for this week, see you next week!

I'm Angharad Salazar Llewellyn. I'm a freelance social media consultant, brand editor and journalist available for hire. Just email me if you'd like to work together. Like this newsletter? You can buy me a coffee, here.

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