This story originally appeared in Psychology Today. National Telework Week buzzed about, ironically, bans on telecommuting. Last week, Best Buy announced the end of its work-at-home program known as ROWE (results-only-work-environment), on the heels of Yahoo’s ban on remote work a week before. Then snowstorms hit the midwest and east coast, closing schools and businesses, [...]
The volcanic national debate about women, work, and family erupts weekly these days, with Sheryl Sandberg’s much-anticipated book, Lean In, published yesterday, the news last week that Best Buy ended its flexible work-from-home ROWE initiative, and Marissa Mayer’s ban on remote working at Yahoo! the week before. The Mayer memo said Yahoo! needs workers side-by-side [...]
How fitting that Marissa Mayer birthed her baby on the eve of National Work and Family month. Yet she disappoints other moms, bloggers and work-family advocates by stating she’ll work throughout her maternity leave, appearing on Fortune Magazine‘s cover in a decidedly not-pregnant glam shot and remaining silent about the feminist status her new power-mom-CEO [...]
Back-to-school night: With four kids, I’ve attended a few. Last night the Principal at my children’s grade school delivered an opening message worth memorizing: Eat, read, sleep. Families today are busy! It sounds trite, but it’s true. With 24/7 connectivity, a recession, and a global economy, most parents are working longer hours than ever. The [...]
Motherhood, apple pie and a good speech: Michelle Obama hit the bull’s eye in her Democratic Convention speech. But naming herself “mom-in-chief”–while endearing–missed the mark. Much ink has spilled already over her use of the phrase “mom-in-chief”: “If you feel let down by an arc that begins with anti-colonialism, immigration and women being dragged to [...]
On Wednesday a new poll [PDF] was released that shows that people who are most likely to need paid family leave are least likely to be aware of programs that provide it. Specifically, California registered voters were surveyed to assess their awareness of the state’s groundbreaking Paid Family Leave Act, passed nearly 10 years ago. [...]
This morning my six-year-old snuggled next to me on the couch, an iPad on his lap open to a smurfs game app; the Wall Street Journal on my lap, headline blazing “Steven Paul Jobs, 1955-2011.” I lifted the paper up to show him the photo of Jobs and told him that the inventor of the [...]
At a time when work, workers and the workplace are “job one” for the struggling U.S. economy, it’s discouraging to find out that the nation just can’t get serious about taking half of its workforce seriously. The female half. I’m referring to Wednesday’s court decision in which U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska dismissed a class-action discrimination [...]
Five reasons WOMEN’s progress into management has stalled.
The labor market punishes mothers and others who make lane changes during the course of their work lives.