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National Work and Family Month

Workplace Flexibility: Neither for the Weak at Heart nor the Uncreative

Rose Stanley | Posted 11.03.2015 | Business
Rose Stanley

What do you think when you hear the term "workplace flexibility"? Is it a single program? Would it surprise you to know that, on average, companies offer six different types of flexible work options?

Paul Ryan, Dads and Family

Scott Behson, PhD | Posted 10.30.2015 | Parents
Scott Behson, PhD

Incoming Speaker of the House Paul Ryan articulated several demands before he would accept the position. Among them was his insistence that his new duties do not interfere with his time for family. Here are one working dad's thoughts on this intriguing news.

It's Work and Family Month: We Will Not (Continue to) Give Up Our Family Time!

Carol Joyner | Posted 10.29.2015 | Politics
Carol Joyner

October is Work and Family Month, and it was packed with events, progress on policy, press conferences and declarations on working families.

Work and Life Balance: Good for People, Good for Business

Chris Boyce | Posted 10.29.2015 | Business
Chris Boyce

Identifying priorities and setting boundaries both come back to one thing--quality. If you're not feeling good about yourself or your relationships, or if you're distracted all the time, it's hard to deliver your best work.

Employers: It's Time to Get Real About 'Real' Families

Robin Hardman | Posted 10.29.2015 | Business
Robin Hardman

National Work and Family Month is drawing to a close. But in these last few days before month's end, can we please pause to consider exactly what we mean by "family"?

Workplace Flexibility: Good For You and Your Employees

Latifa Lyles | Posted 11.04.2015 | Business
Latifa Lyles

Workplace flexibility policies that allow employees to balance the demands of work and home are vitally important − especially paid sick days, paid parental leave and flexible scheduling.

Moving the Needle on Work Flexibility

Emma Plumb | Posted 10.28.2015 | Business
Emma Plumb

I have a new appreciation for the particular challenges involved in juggling parenthood and work. And whereas I was formerly frustrated by the fact that we are still dragging our feet around improving the way that work gets done, I'm now utterly astonished.

Want to Help Your Employee With Work-Life Balance? Start With How You Recruit.

Russell Clayton | Posted 10.27.2015 | Business
Russell Clayton

I want to briefly talk about a technique hiring managers, human resource professionals, and anyone else involved with the recruitment of new employees can use to help workers balance work and life: the realistic job preview (RJP).

Changing the Conversation: Working Dads Prioritizing Family

Jennifer Sabatini Fraone | Posted 10.23.2015 | Politics
Jennifer Sabatini Fraone

This conversation about paternal leave must continue so that not only men in leading companies, prominent government positions, and major-league ballplayers can feel empowered to speak out about their family roles.

What My Children Taught Me About Work/Life Balance

Cathy Leibow | Posted 10.15.2015 | Business
Cathy Leibow

When I decided to start a family over 25 years ago, I never really considered the full impact on my work and personal life. I knew these little darlings would change the way I lived my life (less travel... more diapers), but I underestimated how they would alter my attitude towards work.

Working Moms Have Ambition. So, What's Stopping Them from Getting to the C-Suite?

Cara Woodson Welch | Posted 10.08.2015 | Women
Cara Woodson Welch

It's not lack of ambition holding working moms from the top ranks of companies. The stat caught my eye as I opened the morning paper last week: Mothers are 15% more interested in being a top executive than women without children.

Managing Capacity: Walking the Talk About Overwork

Teresa Hopke | Posted 10.07.2015 | Business
Teresa Hopke

After tackling the recession, economic uncertainty and (now) labor shortages, most companies haven't returned to pre-recession hiring levels. We are running our people into the ground.

It's Time for Paid Safe Time

Marcy Karin | Posted 10.05.2015 | Women
Marcy Karin

This October, it is time we recognize the intersection of domestic violence and work-life issues. An effective national policy on domestic violence must understand the impact this epidemic has on the workplace, including the problems for both employees and employers, some of which result from the structure of the workplace itself.

Why Paid Leave Matters for the Future of Business

Stew Friedman | Posted 10.02.2015 | Business
Stew Friedman

At this time of year, as students return to campus, I find myself reflecting on why I became a professor and the principles I teach the business leaders of tomorrow.

October Is National Work and Family Month!

Lenny Sanicola | Posted 10.01.2015 | Business
Lenny Sanicola

Each and every October is National Work and Family Month (NWFM), and this annual celebration offers a great opportunity for employers to showcase thos...

How My Parents Put the Lie to Mad Men

Robin Hardman | Posted 09.29.2015 | Business
Robin Hardman

When it comes to figuring out how to meet the needs of both their jobs and their families, women and men in the U.S. today are on their own to an unconscionable degree. But it's nothing compared to what my parents must have dealt with.

The Secret Work-Family Issue Nobody's Talking About

Chris Duchesne | Posted 01.03.2015 | Business
Chris Duchesne

For the U.S. to remain competitive as a global economic leader, American business leaders need to recognize and respond to the caregiving needs of all our working families - not just the ones with young children.

The Elephant at the Roundtable

Latifa Lyles | Posted 12.31.2014 | Parents
Latifa Lyles

Enabling more women to work through improved access to child care can also help mitigate the gender wage gap for lifetime earnings.

Two Ways We Can Make Work-Family Balance Easier For Working Dads

Scott Behson, PhD | Posted 12.31.2014 | Parents
Scott Behson, PhD

Many dads struggle with work-family balance, but because they do not see other men talking about these issues, many feel like they struggle alone. We all struggle with work-family, and just knowing this fact helps.

Can I Really Impact My Work-Life Balance?

Julie Cohen, PCC | Posted 12.31.2014 | Business
Julie Cohen, PCC

I don't need another article or blog post about work-life balance to tell me I'm overwhelmed. Do you? The media continually reminds us that our modern lifestyle is not sustainable for a sane and satisfying life.

Reasons to Celebrate -- and to be Vigilant -- this National Work and Family Month

Debra L. Ness | Posted 12.29.2014 | Parents
Debra L. Ness

All of this recent activity is worthy of celebration. At the same time, it is deeply frustrating to be reminded that women and their families are still fighting unfair workplace practices that were outlawed decades ago.

Employers: How Good Employers of Parents Can Become Great Employers

Deborah A. Kahn | Posted 12.29.2014 | Parents
Deborah A. Kahn

Employers who want to move from good to great need to understand and truly value parental efforts that do not fit neatly into clock hours.

Five Ways Tech Companies Can Be More Family Friendly

Kelli Newman | Posted 12.29.2014 | Business
Kelli Newman

In honor of National Work and Family Month, the following are five suggestions for how tech companies can be more inclusive of workers with family obligations and, in the process, do a better job recruiting and retaining talented women.

Flexible Employment the Key to Global Economic Stability

Sara Sutton Fell | Posted 12.28.2014 | Business
Sara Sutton Fell

Here in the U.S., work flexibility will help us compete with changing global business structures, expand our economic reach, adapt quickly to a changing workforce population, and reap tremendous benefits in productivity, cost savings, environmental impact, and emergency preparedness.

Egg Freezing Benefit Sends Mixed Message

Jaime Leick | Posted 12.28.2014 | Business
Jaime Leick

Despite fertility clinic claims that is now possible to "stop the clock" on your fertility, a successful pregnancy using frozen eggs is far from guaranteed. And far from cheap.