Am I going to have to pretend I won't put my kids first if I want to climb to the top? And if I'm not willing to do that, is that the same as "opting out"? I'm in law school because I want to have a great career, but I refuse to accept that means I'll never have kids -- or, if I do, I'll never see them.
Sometimes I think we read about and discuss workforce trends and challenges through a myopic lens. For example, a company is launching a particular initiative which may serve as an interesting anecdote, but doesn't address the issue at large or the way the issue is perceived by the general population.
The benefits of flexibility to employees translate into strong, measurable positive outcomes for companies. They go hand in hand, and as attracting skilled workers and professionals in general becomes more of a challenge, organizations that offer progressive workplace programs will remain highly competitive.