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But that’s impossible!

August 31, 2010
When I decided to leave my job of 25 years and move with my family to San Francisco, my husband told me he was going to talk with the Chair of his Board and resign a job he loved. I suggested an alternative. "Why don't you say, I am staying with the organization, but I'm moving to San Francisco?" My husband came back the next evening, clearly astonished, announcing that the Chair had okayed the proposal. And I thought: "Things really are changing." That was 2005. Now they'll change faster. The Custom-Fit Workplace, by Joan Blades and Nanette Fondas, provides managers with the tools they need...
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How to Avoid the No.1 Cause of "Death" in Your Organization - the Death of Motivation

August 31, 2010
How many times have you heard the advice, “keep your eye on the ball,” or “don’t look where you don’t want to go?” In every sport that uses a ball, it’s common knowledge that a singular point of concentration— the ball—is imperative to successfully hitting that mark. What happens when two different balls fly over the net or the plate at the same time? Which do you aim for, or do you hit back and forth between the two, praying to hit one of them? What’s the most likely result? You guessed it: missing both. In every organization where I have witnessed unrest, staff turnover, bad morale, lack of...

Work Life Policy: Pipedream or Practical?

August 31, 2010
Ms. Winegar knows this first hand as she has had the unique opportunity of witnessing work life culture from across the globe. She dishes on her thoughts on legislation, the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the vagaries of enforcement and even the daddy issue – the pipedream of paternity leave on a regular basis as you’ll watch in this week’s WorkLife Nation episode.

US Women's Chamber of Commerce: Understanding the Needs of Working Women and Their Families

August 31, 2010
Work-life balance is often thought of in terms of flexible hours, telecommuting, and other important ways to modify the work place to make it more amenable to working women and men. Sometimes overlooked are the jobs in which low-wage workers tend to be concentrated – for example, the restaurant industry, service industry, and home care. Many of these jobs do not offer paid time off when workers or their families are ill. Often, these workers have fewer options for job flexibility, making the need for paid sick days legislation even more important. More and more businesses are realizing...
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At Last: A Win-Win for Employers and Employees

August 31, 2010
In the mid-90's the Ford Foundation sponsored cutting-edge research on work-life challenges. Fifteen years later, the outcomes of the three year project are more relevant than ever. Artemis Management Consultants spearheaded one of three projects supported by the Foundation. Barb Miller has written a workbook: ReInventing Work: Relinking Life and Livelihood to Benefit Business and Staff. Organizations can indeed thrive at the same time that people can have a personal life. The methodology in the workbook encourages teams to: 1. Examine their habitual work processes - Overtime, work evolves...

Help Create a Babies-at-Work World

August 31, 2010
The Parenting in the Workplace Institute ( PIWI ) has a vision of a world in which interacting with babies is just part of a regular day at the office. For nearly 150 confirmed businesses and more than 1,600 babies, this world is already a vivid and enchanting reality. Will you help our Institute and MomsRising to bring this reality to thousands of other businesses and millions of other families? We are prepared to enable a dramatic expansion of this world in which babies are welcome to come with their mothers or fathers to work every day and parents care for their children while doing their...
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Organizational flexibility fosters employee creativity and commitment

August 31, 2010
Since 1996, I have been in business as an organizational and community development consultant. Even though it certainly has its challenges to be self-employed, I have never regretted it. Since then, I sleep better at night, I am much happier and creative at work, and I have enjoyed working on different projects, meeting different people, travel to various places and continue to learn plenty on a daily basis. I have always been a very responsible worker. However, being self-employed has increased my ownership over the work I am blessed with. Flexibility and choice are indeed at the core of my...

The Dignity of Work: Transforming the One-Size-Fits-All Workhouse into a Custom-Fit Workplace

August 31, 2010
The inefficiency of slavery is now obvious, but to George Washington it came as a revelation. While on a visit to Philadelphia, Washington noticed that free men there could do in “two or three days what would employ [his slaves] a month or more.” His explanation—that slaves had no chance “to establish a good name [and so were] too regardless of a bad one”—was that of a practical man concerned with the bottom line, not that of a moralizer. Sadly for us, our first president did not draw the full implications of his insight. Had he done so, he might have used his immense prestige to end the...

Why “Fit” Matters and Makes a Big, Meaningful Difference

August 31, 2010
In 1995, I graduated from business school and began working for Families and Work Institute developing and implementing work+life strategies. I often joke that I’m probably the first, and last, student to walk the halls of Columbia Business School publicly professing the desire to become a work+life strategy consultant. But my previous experience as a line manager at a bank had opened my eyes to an irrefutable truth: it’s a strategic imperative to help employees flexibly manage the way work fits into their lives day-to-day and at major career and personal transitions. It’s not just a nice...

Custom-Fit Workplace Blog Carnival: Discussion on Best Practices that are a Win-Win for Employers and Employees

August 31, 2010
**Scroll down to the comments section to see the conversation from our 9/2/2010 evening blog chat. And of course, you can still join the conversation by asking questions and typing your comments in the comment box. Hit "Submit Comment" and join our Q&A!** Have you been there? Frustrated that it's nearly impossible to excel at work (and home!) because the structure of your workplace doesn't fit your life? Too many of us are banging our heads against the wall these days. Despite the workplace crunch that many of us face, there's good news. An increasing body of research shows that flexible...
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