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No-Vacation Nation: Does the U.S. Government Care About American Workers?

Marina Peña | Posted 07.20.2016 | College
Marina Peña

Around summer time, many Americans look forward to a week off from work where they can unwind and spend time with their families. Yet, the reality of taking a vacation while employed is that one in four U.S. workers don't receive paid time off.

Emily Peck

2 Things Gay Couples Can Teach Straight Couples About Marriage | Emily Peck | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Here are some of the most contentious questions facing American couples today: Who cleans the toilet? Who does the dishes? Who handles the budget? Who...

Call Parents 'Mom' or 'Dad.' Period.

Laura Stepp | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Laura Stepp

It's time to get rid of phrases such as, "stay-at-home dad" and "working mother." As gender roles have expanded, these expressions, and the ideas behind them, confine, more than define, the complex lives of today's parents. The words mom and dad -- or variations thereof -- are all we need.

The Millennial Man Child Grows Up

Maude Standish | Posted 08.20.2013 | Business
Maude Standish

Sure, they want the babe and the Benz, but increasingly Millennial men are also aspiring to be great dads. For them, fatherhood is the supreme symbol of being a well-rounded achiever -- and Millennials desire nothing more than being well rounded!

Lisa Belkin

A Work/Life Legacy? Or Just A Prologue? | Lisa Belkin | Posted 06.05.2013 | Parents

Last night I received a Work Life Legacy Award from the Families and Work Institute. The fact that I have the deepest admiration of the organization a...

Lisa Belkin

Esquire Discovers There Is Work/Life Conflict! (And Gets It All Wrong) | Lisa Belkin | Posted 06.01.2013 | Parents

Esquire Magazine is acting as though they just discovered the life/work dilemma. Recognizing that there is a problem -- that's a good thing. Not as go...

Pondering the Light and "Dark Side" of How We Work

Lisa Levey | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Lisa Levey

Far too rarely do we step back to contemplate what's not working with our modern work norms or how we could work not just differently, but better. Could we seek to work with greater focus and attention when we are working rather than with partial focus while we're doing everything else?

The Pressure to "Have It All" and the Need to Redefine Success

Lisa Levey | Posted 12.12.2012 | Women
Lisa Levey

We need to redefine success in more human terms rather than the fantasy of women -- or men -- that have it all. Real success -- the true definition of having it all -- is getting clarity on what success means for you and putting your energies there.

U.S. Employers Help to Pave a New Beginning for Military Vets

Ellen Galinsky | Posted 09.29.2012 | Impact
Ellen Galinsky

The media headlines reflect a bleak reality for returning vets: "As Wars End, Young Veterans Return to Scant Jobs".These reports are echoed by employm...

Finding a Work-Life Fit: Lessons from Marissa Mayer and Anne-Marie Slaughter

Ellen Galinsky | Posted 09.19.2012 | Women
Ellen Galinsky

Our responses to Mayer and Slaughter are holding up a mirror to us, reflecting some societal expectations and behavior that I think should be called into question.

Executive Function Skills Are Essential to America's Present and Future

Ellen Galinsky | Posted 06.10.2012 | Education
Ellen Galinsky

As we learn more about executive function skills and as we begin to promote them, it is clear that we can make progress on some of America's more enduring challenges.

Why Your View of Free Time May Be Out of Sync with Reality

Ellen Galinsky | Posted 05.07.2012 | Women
Ellen Galinsky

When we do get help and take some time for ourselves in the midst of our busy lives, we feel much better about ourselves.

What About the Men?

Ellen Galinsky | Posted 12.21.2011 | Business
Ellen Galinsky

There is no question that there are significant problems that both men and women face. The workplace has not truly kept pace with the changes in families' lives. But does this represent the decline of men?

Men Are Unhappy: Good News For Women?

Barbara & Shannon Kelley | Posted 09.20.2011 | Women
Barbara & Shannon Kelley

This just in: Men are as miserable as women. At least that's what we learn from a new study by Arizona State professor Chris M. Herbst, who suggests t...

The New Male Mystique -- It's No Joke!

Ellen Galinsky | Posted 09.04.2011 | Business
Ellen Galinsky

Today, men are experiencing what women experienced when they first entered the workforce in record numbers -- the pressure to "do it all in order to have it all." This is the essence of the "new male mystique."

Two Different Realities About Workplace Flexibility

Ellen Galinsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ellen Galinsky

Low-wage employees tend to be less satisfied with their jobs and in poorer physical and mental health than higher-wage employees. And that's where flexibility comes in.

It's Because We Are Asking, Listening and Acting: Creating Workplaces for the 21st Century

Ellen Galinsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ellen Galinsky

At a press conference on February 1, 2011 at the National Press Club announcing an unprecedented partnership between Families and Work Institute (FWI)...

How Can You Tell If Workplace Flexibility Is Working? Ask the Employees

Kathleen E. Christensen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Kathleen E. Christensen

Every clued-in business leader in America is now aware that workplace flexibility is a business imperative. But we also know there is a serious workplace flexibility gap.

The Working in Retirement Study: Five Assumptions the Study Contests

Ellen Galinsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ellen Galinsky

Like many of the studies based on Families and Work Institute's ongoing, nationally representative study, this report reveals important differences between assumption and reality.

The Brain Unplugged From Technology: Implications for Learning in Young Children

Ellen Galinsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Ellen Galinsky

Last month, Professor David Strayer organized a week-long camping trip with four other neuroscientists to experience for themselves how unplugging from technology affected their own brains.

Seven Ways to Help Your Children Thrive During Summer

Ellen Galinsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Ellen Galinsky

Incorporating the program principles recently featured in Time magazine, here are seven suggestions for low-cost or no-cost activities to help keep your kids from falling behind during "the summer slide."

Revisiting "The End of Men:" Similar Problems, Different Conclusions

Ellen Galinsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Ellen Galinsky

I hope we can see that new life skills are necessary for a new era.

Admiral Michael Mullen--A Leadership Style We Can Believe In

Ellen Galinsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Ellen Galinsky

I didn't know what to expect when I went to the Pentagon last week to interview Admiral Michael Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Yes, I...

Happy Belated Daddy Day

Elizabeth Gregory | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Elizabeth Gregory

While wishing Happy Daddy Day this weekend, let's take a minute to appreciate how much more involved in the lives of their kids dads are today.