In a tony Connecticut suburb, at the home of work life expert Chrysula Winegar of WLBConsultants.com, the mom of four wrangles with a kitchen full of her tiny tots all under the age of six years old. Enter, Judy Martin with a rolling camera from WorkLife Nation, and you’ve got a hysterical scene of joy and colliding interests as Ms. Winegar lovingly holds a toddler, feeds an infant and helps her eldest with her homework.
What you don’t see is what happens after the little ones are put to bed when this supermom, who works from home, hits her blog, posts on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and delivers her views on work life policy in America. This scene is not unusual. It’s played every day throughout America and the world. But the way working moms are treated in the workplace and in business differ greatly from country to country.
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.
The profile was inspired by BlogHer’s New York City conference. Ms. Winegar attended the event this month with an eye toward work life issues because this year BlogHer addressed work life balance, presenting a number of related workshops and sessions. The panel was headed up by Morra Alons-Mele, CEO of Women Online and blogs at WomenandWork.org, and Stephanie Wilchfort who blogs at TheMamaBee.com:
For an incredibly well written run down of where Work Life policy stands in America, Morra Alons- Mele post on Huffington Post will catch you up to speed. In addition, BlogHer had partnered with The White House Project to " to co-produce a new, half-day workshop designed to help women bloggers with political and public policy interests, take their leadership one step further and become aspiring public servants.”
What do you think about legislating Work Life Policy in the United States? What will big business think if we take things a step further - and what thought process will govern the limits on what companies, big and small can handle in a tumultuous economy? For now take a listen to what Chrysula has to say.
Cross posted from the Work Life Nation blog by Judy Martin.