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For Inspiration ...

Read an essay by a mom who knows from experience that by supporting each other, we can overcome all obstacles!

I do not see mothers being relieved of bread-winning to concentrate on child-rearing any time soon. So what can we do? Plan as if for a marathon. Pace ourselves. Drink plenty of fluids and try to get enough rest. Notice the flowers. And hand off a water bottle to another working mother as she runs by.

- Lynn Olcott: "The Ballad of the Working Mother"

And check out the Top Ten Reasons for Workplace Flexibility, by Ellen Galinsky of the Families and Work Institute, for compelling arguments with a touch of humor.

What Are Flexible Work Arrangements?

Why Is Workplace Flexibility Good For You And Your Employer?

  • See a document from Workplace Flexibility 2010, Workplace flexibility helps meet families’ needs.

  • See a document from Workplace Flexibility 2010, Workplace flexibility promotes children’s well-being.

  • Read about how Best Buy has increased job performance and job satisfaction and reduced turnover by extending flexibility to many of its hourly workers, in Time Magazine.

  • High Level employees can have flexible work too. See an article by David Christie.

  • For more information about the business case for flexibility, check out our page on Resources for Employers.

Need More Flexibility At Work? Use These Practical Resources To Make The Case For Your Flexible Work Arrangement:

  • Are You A Union Member? Share this Flex Pack For Unions with your union, from the Labor Project for Working Families.

  • Suggestions from the Third Path Institute about how to think about working differently to create time for yourself and your family.

  • A helpful article from Jamie Woolf on negotiating for flexibility.

  • A sample flexibility proposal from the Flexibility Alliance.

  • Tips on how to create a communications plan for your flexible work arrangement (and other ideas), from the Families and Work Institute.

  • Examples of how some professionals customized their schedules and careers, from the Flexibility Alliance.

  • Tips on how to make the case for flexible work arrangements, from an article in the Chicago Tribune.

  • Other resources for exploring flexible career paths, from the Flexibility Alliance.

Thinking About Taking The Baby To Work?

  • See an article about how some parents are solving the child care challenge and how some companies in the U.S. are taking family friendly policies very seriously.

  • Extensive implementation information about workplace programs that enable new parents to return to their jobs with their babies for the first several months of life and to care for their children while working is available from Babies in the Workplace.

Thinking About The Pros And Cons Of Remote Work (From Home or Elsewhere)?

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