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National Work and Family Month

When You Tell an Employee 'Family Comes First,' Do You Mean It?

Dean Debnam | Posted 12.08.2014 | Business
Dean Debnam

This phrase is used so commonly by companies recruiting employees that its weight and meaning have almost disappeared. Don't get me wrong. The words carry the most noble of intentions. But this is one of those claims that's often uttered and rarely embraced.

What the Overworked and Underemployed Have in Common

Robin Hardman | Posted 12.07.2014 | Business
Robin Hardman

The overworked, the underworked. The Great Divide. It's odd to wrap the phrase "work-life" around the situations of these two groups of people, yet it does apply to both. Each ultimately comes down to a lack of control over one's own time.

The "Right to Request" Flexibility

Rose Stanley | Posted 12.02.2014 | Business
Rose Stanley

One fear that some managers have in granting the request is that if they give it to one employee, they will have to give it to everyone. Because of that fear, what may occur is the original flexibility request goes under the radar and is a negotiated "deal" between that employee and their manager.

What Happened When We Went A Week Without An Inbox

Kyra Cavanaugh | Posted 10.01.2014 | Business
Kyra Cavanaugh

The email ban included not only emails amongst ourselves but also with clients. We set up auto-responders to let people know we weren't checking email and encouraged them to call us instead.

The Work-Life Equation

Christine McKinney Pfeiffer | Posted 12.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Christine McKinney Pfeiffer

October is WorldatWork's National Work and Family Month. What a great time to take a few minutes and make sure that your 'work-life equation' is working for you.

Updates From My Inbox: New State and Local Work-Life Laws

Marcy Karin | Posted 11.06.2013 | Women
Marcy Karin

Here's hoping the government at all levels -- federal, state, and local -- continues to address the mismatch of the way American workplaces are structured and the needs of American workers.

Then and Now: Pregnancy Discrimination Hurts Women and Their Families

Debra L. Ness | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Debra L. Ness

Pregnant women tend to be forced out of their jobs or fired because their employers refuse to make minor accommodations that would enable them to continue working. This discrimination is shameful and does real harm to women and their families at a time when they badly need wages.

An Untold Story: The Work-Life Struggles of Men With Stay-at-Home Wives

Lisa Levey | Posted 12.31.2013 | Business
Lisa Levey

I often ponder what kind of world do we want for our children -- one in which professional achievement and involved parenting are seen as mutually exclusive? Can it possibly be good for our children to have their parents feeling so pulled apart by these dual roles?

Citi and LinkedIn Released the Results From the Third 'Today's Professional Women Report'

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 12.31.2013 | Women
Dr. Peggy Drexler

While women started to change the workplace in the '70s, it's only been since the '90s that their presence has gained real mass. As their numbers grow, assumptions about what they want and even who they are start to look as relevant as carbon paper.

A+ Balance or Barely Passing?

Cindy Auten | Posted 12.30.2013 | Parents
Cindy Auten

As National Work and Family Month comes to a close, take some time to think about what works for you and really practice balance. Spend time with your kids, encourage their development, set goals, and, most importantly, lead by example.

Working Hard for Families

Rep. Charles Rangel | Posted 12.29.2013 | Politics
Rep. Charles Rangel

No one should go into debt if a family member gets sick or injured. That is the kind of smart policy the National Work and the Family Month promotes, and what the Affordable Care Act is on the track to accomplish.

Women's Small Business Month - What's Your Iowa?

Cari Shane | Posted 01.23.2014 | Small Business
Cari Shane

What's your Iowa? The question is a page out of the 2008 Obama presidential campaign -- a great lesson for anyone interested in creating a strategic plan for business success.

Workplace Flexibility: Not a 'Program,' It's a Solution

Jennifer Sabatini Fraone | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Jennifer Sabatini Fraone

Are your employees stressed? Is engagement low? Productivity slipping? Turnover increasing? Do you have a "leaky pipeline" especially when it comes to women achieving leadership positions? Are the rising stars in your organization expressing concern about their work-life fit? Is employee health and well-being declining?

Let's Celebrate Working Families and Put Partisan Bickering in a Timeout

Cara Woodson Welch | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Cara Woodson Welch

How do we get elected leaders and business leaders to work together towards supporting workplace policies that empower employees to succeed at work and at home?

Top 10 Benefits of Flexible Work Policies for Companies

Sara Sutton Fell | Posted 12.25.2013 | Business
Sara Sutton Fell

As a small business owner, I've witnessed firsthand over the last seven years the benefits of family-friendly policies and work-life benefits, both for my staff members and my company.

Teleworking Banned? 4 Facts That Say This Isn't the New Normal

Rose Stanley | Posted 12.24.2013 | Business
Rose Stanley

With all the press this past year about some very prominent companies rescinding their telework policies, I was very happy that it happened to coincide with the scheduled update of WorldatWork's Workplace Flexibility Survey.

HP & Yahoo's Telecommuting Breakup: It's Not You, It's Me!

Kenneth Matos | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Kenneth Matos

It might get some folks thinking that this is the beginning of mass telework jilting throughout Corporate America. But all indicators point to it maintaining strong relationships within the biggest and smallest employers in the country.

Who Has Responsibility for Work-Life?: Lessons From Around the World

Danielle Hartmann | Posted 12.23.2013 | Business
Danielle Hartmann

In the United States, we should applaud those companies which are taking steps to provide supportive work environments, and recognize that when we discuss work-life organizational supports in a global context, business is only one of the critical actors in supporting a positive work-life environment.

Lisa Levey: Why the 'Less Ambitious' Man Is the Secret to Better Work-Life Balance for All

Lisa Levey | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Lisa Levey

Are these the men that will be thoughtful and balanced leaders, nurturing fathers and caring husbands? Are these the men that will act as stewards for their organizations, be true partners in raising their children and enable their wives to pursue her ambitions?

7 Policy Changes We Can Make to Reverse the Baby Bust

Stew Friedman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Stew Friedman

As a commonwealth, we need to focus on what children in our society require -- nurturing. How can they get it if the norm now is that both parents work and that we, unlike other developed countries and even many in the developing world, do not provide social and educational supports for families?

Finding and Fixing the Feminine Dilemma

Michelle Waters | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Michelle Waters

Frustrated by the work, life, family debate echoing the same old constraints, blaming the system and barking at corporations, two colleagues and I decided to ask 118 women about their career and life.

Something Could Be Good for Both Work and Family? No Way.

Ellen Ernst Kossek | Posted 12.18.2013 | Business
Ellen Ernst Kossek

Family structure has changed dramatically, yet workplaces have changed little in the last 40 years. But what's a company to do when no workplace solutions are backed by evidence that they can make a positive difference for families without a huge blow to the bottom line?

Work-Life Effectiveness Could Use a Common Definition

Rose Stanley | Posted 12.17.2013 | Business
Rose Stanley

We're moving into open enrollment season for many organizations. What better time than right now when there is already a lot of communication going on regarding the benefits the organization will be offering in the new year.

Two Guys Walk Into an Office

Robin Hardman | Posted 10.14.2013 | Business
Robin Hardman

To me, one of the most fundamental qualities of true work-life integration is the ability of employees to bring their authentic selves to work each da...

Flexible Workplaces Onscreen: The Good Wife Features a Telecommuting Employee

Elizabeth Rich | Posted 01.23.2014 | TV
Elizabeth Rich

The Good Wife, a show that frequently espouses interesting commentary on how political the personal can and has become, recently featured a teleconferencing employee in its season premiere.