The labor market punishes mothers and others who make lane changes during the course of their work lives.
Even in a recession, flex-time, job-sharing, compressed schedules, and telecommuting increase employee productivity and reduce costs. The net effect? A boost to the bottom line.
Ten years ago I gave birth to two babies: one girl, one boy. Their birthday is today, Equal Pay Day. Right now they are neck-in-neck with their weekly allowance, but if they were fifteen years older, my daughter’s college degree, MBA, technological training, organizing and management experience, and even her Rhodes Scholarship would all probably [...]
People want options to work flexible schedules and remotely from home. Other ways to make the workplace more compatible with today’s workers’ lives include results-only work environments, taking infants to work, redesigning career, tracks, and opting for contract work.
I’ve been on a one-woman campaign to resurrect the phrase, paycheck job, used by Betty Friedan in The Feminine Mystique forty years ago. Friedan was referring, of course, to jobs outside the home for which people receive money. She recognized that the unpaid job of caring for children and home was also “work”—as do most [...]
No doubt The Shriver Report, “A Woman’s Nation Changes Everything,” meant to stir up debate and discussion. Hoopla has surrounded the news that women have just about reached parity with men by comprising 50% of the paid workforce; and that women and men agree on much about their evolving roles as both breadwinners and caregivers. [...]
This week we celebrate National Women’s Business Week and celebrate we should. Why? Women-owned businesses: Number 10.1 million Represent 30 percent of all U.S. businesses (and 40 percent of privately-held firms) Employ 23 million people (16 percent of the workforce) Generate 3 trillion in revenue Are more likely to offer supportive, family-friendly benefits like flex-time [...]
A friend recently gave birth to twins. When I visited them today, she sat feeding one baby a bottle, while dad was bathing the other baby—classically—in the kitchen sink. Does this scene surprise you? Probably not, if you’re under age twenty-nine. According to a recent study by the Families and Work Institute, today many men [...]
On May 13, Workplace Flexibility 2010, an organization at Georgetown University, released its summary report: Public Policy Platform on Flexible Work Arrangements. It’s a set of policy solutions to expand Americans’ access to flexible work arrangements such as compressed workweeks, predictable schedules, and telecommuting. The report represents the end of a five-year review of research [...]
We’ve heard of the trade gap, wage gap, and gender gap. Now comes the “milk gap.”