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Work and Family

How Millennials Are Redefining Success

Brad Harrington | Posted 12.03.2015 | Business
Brad Harrington

Millennials are ambitious, and are willing to work for success. Career growth opportunities are rated at the very top of criteria for the selection of an employer.

Updating our Portrait of Today's Father

Brad Harrington | Posted 06.17.2016 | Parents
Brad Harrington

Dads today are much more hands-on and engaged with their children than fathers were a generation ago. The majority want to share parenting responsibilities equally with their spouse but know that their actions are not yet aligned with their aspirations.

Paid Leave Announcements Confirm the Country is Ready for 21st Century Leave Policies

Debra L. Ness | Posted 05.27.2015 | Business
Debra L. Ness

The announcement that White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett and U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez will soon kick off a historic 'Lead On Leave' tour is exciting news that comes amidst strong, widespread demand and support for paid leave.

200 Million Reasons to Support Paid Family and Medical Leave

Debra L. Ness | Posted 04.07.2015 | Politics
Debra L. Ness

This year, we sought to determine just how big an impact the FMLA has had these last 22 years. The result tells a bittersweet story about our nation -- one of progress, problems and possibility.

Want to Help Moms and Kids? Help Dads With Their Work-Family Balance

Scott Behson, PhD | Posted 03.22.2015 | Parents
Scott Behson, PhD

My colleague quit her job and spent the past five years as a hardworking SAHM. She would have rather kept working, but had to compromise her career. Both spouses lost out on one of their important life priorities, and their kids lost out on dad time.

'Work and Family Month' Shouldn't Need To Exist

Betsey Stevenson | Posted 12.31.2014 | Business
Betsey Stevenson

We overwhelmingly believe these things -- from our CEOs to our local leaders to our elected representatives. And yet, the actual policies on our books as a nation don't reflect those values.

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.

The Dignity and Value of Work and Family

Debra L. Ness | Posted 11.02.2014 | Fifty
Debra L. Ness

My grandparents instilled in me the value of hard work. They had a vision of a country and world where people have equal opportunity and everyone can contribute and have a good life.

A 'Balanced Diet' Approach to Work-Family Balance

Scott Behson, PhD | Posted 09.13.2014 | Parents
Scott Behson, PhD

A balanced diet means that we eat enough of different types of food without eating too much of certain categories. Similarly, a full life means that we tend to various parts of our lives (family, work, health, relationships, hobbies, exercise, etc.), all of which are important parts of a whole.

America's Families Expect and Deserve Better: 31 States Get Grades of 'D' or 'F' in New Study

Debra L. Ness | Posted 08.20.2014 | Parents
Debra L. Ness

A growing body of evidence shows that ensuring new parents and all workers have access to family friendly policies like paid sick days and paid family and medical leave has widespread benefits for the health and economic security of families and the strength of businesses and the economy.

Is It Easier to Be a SAHM or a Working Mother?

Jill Patir | Posted 06.22.2014 | Parents
Jill Patir

I have sat on both sides of the fence, and have developed a deep respect for both working and non-working mothers. My feelings towards both waver, depending on the day.

The Moment That Can Turn Any Chaotic Day Around

Jenn Horton | Posted 04.16.2014 | Parents
Jenn Horton

That's just it, right? Whether one of us needs a tag out, a double team or just a kiss and hug of reassurance, we're in this together. It is the backbone of our family's journey. With it, there is less fear, great lessons in challenge, more joy and love.

Harmony for Working Parents on Valentine's Day

Brad Harrington | Posted 04.13.2014 | Parents
Brad Harrington

In honor of Valentine's Day, I'll offer a few thoughts on harmony for couples on the work and family front.

Beware of the Work-From-Home Comfort Zone

Grant Cardone | Posted 11.17.2013 | Business
Grant Cardone

Anything that leans toward being too comfortable, in my opinion, is a red flag. The comfort that comes with working from home is dangerous. When I hea...

A Bittersweet Labor Day

Debra L. Ness | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics
Debra L. Ness

This Labor Day weekend, let's pay tribute to the sweet victories that have shown the kind of change that is possible when workers, businesses, advocates and lawmakers come together.

Setting an Equal Pay Agenda for the Next 50 Years

Jocelyn Frye | Posted 08.10.2013 | Women
Jocelyn Frye

The Equal Pay Act built on the power and promise of our nation's fundamental commitment to equality to help propel generations of women forward. It is a legacy that has the same power today.

Is It Time To Scrap Your Five-Year Plan And Start Over?

Posted 04.12.2013 | Black Voices

Sometimes Plan B is really Plan A. Know when to quit and start over. By Nathan Hale Williams We all know the line, “The best laid [plans] of ...

6 Strategies For Work-Life Balance

Posted 03.10.2015 | OWN

By Martha Beck You have a work life. You have a home life. And you have, in all probability, forgotten how to keep them separate. Martha Beck dis...

Guys, It's Time to Get Together With Your Fellow Man

Jack Anderson | Posted 04.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Jack Anderson

My dad's time away with his friends was on a golf course. He never really mastered the game, but he didn't really care. That's because dad was with his guy friends, relaxing in nature, taking his frustrations out on a little white ball.

20 Years Ago Today, America Became a More Family-friendly Nation -- And We Must Do It Again

Debra L. Ness | Posted 04.07.2013 | Politics
Debra L. Ness

"Groundbreaking" is a word that's thrown around a lot, but this victory truly was. The FMLA is the first national law ever to help Americans manage the dual demands of work and family.

Front-lines and Sidelines: Time to Let Go of Gender Stereotypes

Brad Harrington | Posted 03.30.2013 | Business
Brad Harrington

Last week, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, announced their intention to lift the ...

Voters Want Action on Family-friendly Workplace Policies

Debra L. Ness | Posted 02.10.2013 | Politics
Debra L. Ness

These modest, reasonable proposals would go a long way toward protecting the health and economic stability of our families while also strengthening our economy. America's workers and families need and deserve them. It's time for lawmakers to act.

A Good Day for Women, A Good Day for the Country

Debra L. Ness | Posted 01.08.2013 | Politics
Debra L. Ness

Americans have said 'yes' to fair pay for women, 'yes' to policies that make our workplaces more family friendly, 'yes' to ending gender discrimination and strengthening consumer protections in health insurance, and 'yes' to a more patient- and family-centered health care system.

It's National Work and Family Month -- Do You Know Where Your Work-Life Programs Are?

Robin Hardman | Posted 10.05.2012 | Business
Robin Hardman

Work-life programs such as dependent care referral services and flexible work hours are often underused and underappreciated. Why? I suspect one major reason is a lack of effective communications.

The Impact of Technology on Our Work and Family Lives

Judi Casey | Posted 12.02.2012 | Technology
Judi Casey

As we celebrate National Work and Family month, I'm wondering how increasing usage of information and communication technology affects and will continue to impact today's working families.