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National Work and Family Month

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.

Helping Managers and Employees Address Equity in a Flexible Working Environment

Audrey Adelson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Audrey Adelson

With increasing dependent care responsibilities today being divided by both working men and women as well as rapid advancements in technology (and a host of other legitimate reasons), the traditional approach to work is likely to become a relic of the past in the very near future.

Lean In or Lean Back? How about Bend Down?

Margery Leveen Sher | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Margery Leveen Sher

These days, we have so much publicly-expressed angst among women and eminent advice-givers. But as we commemorate this National Work and Family Month,...

Flex: What If You Don't? Squandering Corporate Value

Sophie Wade | Posted 12.15.2013 | Business
Sophie Wade

Despite all the data showing positive impact, there is a lingering general perception among corporations that workplace flexibility is an employee perk that should be earned, and otherwise is not worth the effort.

Working Mothers Raise the Flag for Workplace Flex

Carol Evans | Posted 12.15.2013 | Parents
Carol Evans

Working mothers are at the forefront of the flexible work revolution. Their contributions depend on new ideas taking root, and flex is the game changer for moms who want society to catch up to the enormity of changes in how families live today.

Blurred Lines

Mika Cross | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Mika Cross

As we mark National Work and Family Month, I began the month without work. Hundreds of thousands of my fellow federal employees also found themselves no longer working. I can't begin to tell you what that feels like after dedicating 15 years of service to America, as a United States veteran and civilian public servant.

Don't Let Work Flex Fade Away -- Fight For It!

Jennifer Owens | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Jennifer Owens

Since the arrival of my first baby, I have experienced a fairly full spectrum of flex options, from essentially none at all at one employer to what I would say now is a great arrangement for me (working from home on Fridays and making time for school events and extra work when necessary) and my boss.

The Sustainable Workforce: Part of a Global Sustainability Strategy

Elise Jones | Posted 12.10.2013 | Business
Elise Jones

Let's not overlook how such a workforce plays into the connections among planet, people, and profit as we strive to help ourselves and others not only survive, but thrive.

Rediscovering the Boundary Between Professional and Personal

Sharon Cercone | Posted 12.08.2013 | Business
Sharon Cercone

While there is no one-size-fits-all approach, we have the ability to find our ideal balance by holding ourselves accountable, accepting and embracing change, setting expectations and being present.

My Balancing Act

Cindy Auten | Posted 12.07.2013 | Business
Cindy Auten

Friday at 4:45 a.m. - The baby wakes up. The older sibling hears and also wakes up. It's not even close to dawn. Your "I'll work out before the kids wake up" is out the window.

I Have a Dream

Teresa Hopke | Posted 12.07.2013 | Business
Teresa Hopke

My hope is that one day one of my children will be sitting on the couch watching PBS with their partner and they will say, "Isn't it crazy that they used to have to have policies and months to encourage workplace flexibility?!?"

A Dad's Dilemma: Prioritizing Time Versus Money

Scott Behson, PhD | Posted 12.03.2013 | Business
Scott Behson, PhD

One of the top regrets expressed on one's deathbed is "I wish I hadn't worked so hard." I hope that none of us look back and say, "Ten years ago I turned my head for a moment and it became my life."

Having Trouble Keeping Your Balance?

Kathie Lingle | Posted 12.02.2013 | Business
Kathie Lingle

Work-life training and certification is now available, so that the work of creating healthier, more flexible work cultures can be taught and best practices shared with a new generation of practitioners. So why the angst about losing ground?

Are Working Dads Stepping up at Home?

Eve Tahmincioglu | Posted 12.02.2013 | Parents
Eve Tahmincioglu

"Half of the world's parents are men," says Brad Harrington, Executive Director, Center for Work & Family or Center for Work and Family. "And yet, so often, men are so noticeably absent in terms of the conversations around work and family."

Hispters and Suits Are All Rethinking Work-Life

Eve Tahmincioglu | Posted 11.30.2013 | Business
Eve Tahmincioglu

I got to experience two workplace meetings recently that on the surface seemed like two very different orbits. One was held in a trendy loft in Manhattan where hipsters brought dogs and attendees ate cakes out of mason jars. The other was held in a standard corporate conference room where business attire and strong coffee reigned.

In Honor of the 10th Anniversary of National Work & Family Month: A Perspective From a 25-Year Work/Life Expert

Cathy Leibow | Posted 11.30.2013 | Business
Cathy Leibow

We've made a lot of progress but so much more needs to be done. Companies vying for recognition as a "best place to work" need to consider adding more programs to be competitive with the other applicants.

Why Hurricanes, Floods, Fires and Telecommuting Go Together

Sara Sutton Fell | Posted 11.26.2013 | Business
Sara Sutton Fell

Telecommuting allows me to hire the best people for my team regardless of their location. This in turn gives our company a "disseminated workforce." 

Musings on National Work and Family Month

Robin Hardman | Posted 11.24.2013 | Business
Robin Hardman

As a nation, we're suddenly talking about leaning in and opting-out. We're discussing paternity leave in the same breath as Major League Baseball.

In a Mobile-Enabled 24/7 World, When Can Employees Turn Off?

Ryan M. Johnson | Posted 01.01.2013 | Business
Ryan M. Johnson

Have we finally arrived at the point with our devices and 24/7 connectivity that employers have to install boundaries for us -- because we just can't help our compulsions?

Work and Family at 30,000 Feet

Nancy Costikyan | Posted 12.30.2012 | Business
Nancy Costikyan

The very name, "Work and Family Month" projects a problematic dualism. Work and family. Work and life. As if work is not an essential part of the human condition. As if urgent family demands magically time themselves around working hours.

Is Social Media the New Work-Life?

Robin Hardman | Posted 12.29.2012 | Business
Robin Hardman

Bringing social media into the workplace is, similarly, no longer a choice. Whatever you may think of it, social media is with us now -- you can either be in control of the message it's sending or let the message control you.

Work Life Balance... for Congress Too

Patricia Kempthorne | Posted 12.29.2012 | Politics
Patricia Kempthorne

On October 24th the Congressional Management Foundation and Society for Human Resource Management recognized National Work and Family Month by releasing a report focused on and titled Life in Congress: Aligning Work and Life in the US House and Senate.