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October 21, 2011
By now it should come as no surprise to anyone to hear that American parents are struggling to meet the conflicting demands of their jobs and their families. As the field of work-life research has grown over the past two decades, we've seen hundreds of studies showing that structural changes in the American family and the way that we work have led to unprecedented work-life conflict for all of us. Of course, most of us don't need studies to show us this; we know this from our own lives. But what many of us miss when we fail to look at the bigger picture is that this isn't my problem; it's our...
March 15, 2011
The Huffington Post recently named the growth of workplace flexibility at Fortune 500 companies as one of the top stories of the last decade . That's no surprise if you look at corporate data. A recent survey of CEOs found that the #1 investment challenge facing business in the next decade is "obtaining human capital and optimizing human capital investments," and that the #1 driver for attracting and keeping this talent is "providing flexibility to balance life and work." Firms of all sizes now promote creative options like telecommuting, paid leave and career breaks . It seems every day we...
March 8, 2011
Workplace flexibility: eighty percent of American employees say they want it, nearly half of job seekers rate it as a higher priority than salary, and thousands of companies have embraced it as an efficient way to keep employees happy and boost business productivity. But despite all this, there is still a widespread misconception that workplace flexibility is only appropriate to a certain type of job. A simple job, the thinking goes, can be accomplished by someone working off-site, or working non-traditional hours, or sharing a job with another part-time employee; but “serious jobs” still...
March 1, 2011
Every clued-in business leader in America is now aware that workplace flexibility is a business imperative. Employees across all industries say their lives are increasingly complicated and the traditional workplace structure just doesn’t work for them anymore . They are demanding new options, so much so that 45 percent of job seekers now say a company’s ability to offer flexible schedules is even more important than salary . So it’s no surprise that companies large and small have come to see options like telecommuting, job-sharing and flexible hours as one of the very best ways to attract and...