When a supervisor says no to a flexibility request the assumption is that they are just being mean. Relatively few employees are privy to the secret that their supervisors are just as challenged by their job of coordinating the work of others as are the people doing the work.
Just as we ignore the role of the workplace as a player in reducing poverty, we also tend to focus on abusive workplaces for low-income workforce. To be sure, those are important stories. But we should also focus and reward those that are good.
Unfortunately, articles like this add fuel to the wrong assumption that if you have a tough job, one that makes lots of demands, you shouldn't think you can meet the job's requirements and also do right by your personal life.
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.
Of all the reasons given about why U.S. workplaces shouldn't worry about work-life issues, this one is probably the most simpleminded one I've heard in a while: Being a workaholic is good for your career and life.
When so many of us think about work-life issues the image that often comes to mind is that of a working mother. Well, 2013 will hopefully see an end to that as more and more working men start fighting for their own piece of the work-life pie.
Like every other workplace in America, employees at the State Department have lives beyond work, and many at the agency recognize employees can be more engaged in their mission if their personal and home life are working well.