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Families and Work: Five Hints for What Top Employees Really Want
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Families and Work: Five Hints for What Top Employees Really Want

According to a recent study conducted by the Families and Work Institute, employees are seeking: 1) Work-life fit 2) Advice on how to speak with managers about flexible work options 3) Help dealing with family caregiver responsibilities 4) Companies that create effective and flexible workplaces 5) Employers who aren’t workflex virgins To read the full … Continue reading

Wall Street Journal: Why Blackstone is Giving New Moms More Time Off
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Wall Street Journal: Why Blackstone is Giving New Moms More Time Off

Blackstone Group has recently announced that it is extending its paid maternity leave benefits from 12 weeks to 16 weeks. The move was designed to help the company compete for skilled Wall Street women. A growing body of research shows that paid leave increases the likelihood of mothers returning to the workforce, and the share of … Continue reading

The Atlantic: Why Women Aren’t Having Children
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The Atlantic: Why Women Aren’t Having Children

The new collection of essays named Selfish, Shallow, and Self-Absorbed, was recently published to dismantle the assumption of selfishness associated with the decision not to have children. Through 16 funny, devastating, infuriating, and insightful essays, the authors shed light on a social stigma that has remained pervasive in the 21st century. The concept of the innate biological … Continue reading

The Telegraph: David Cameron: Working Parents to Save £5,000 a Year under Tory Childcare Pledge
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The Telegraph: David Cameron: Working Parents to Save £5,000 a Year under Tory Childcare Pledge

The United Kingdom is offering 30 hours of free childcare to working families. David Cameron has announced that working families with three or four-year-old children will get 30 hours of free childcare a week under a Conservative government. In a pitch to working families across the country, the Prime Minister said that he will double … Continue reading

Wall Street Journal: The Office Chair Designed to Restore Focus at Work
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Wall Street Journal: The Office Chair Designed to Restore Focus at Work

As office workers find themselves constantly shifting their attention and visiting Facebook numerous times a day, Steelcase Inc. created the revolutionary office chair named Brody. Called Brody – a play on the words “body” and “brain” – the pod-like workstation is shielded from view by screens on about three sides, depending on the model. With its visible … Continue reading

Forbes: Childless Women’s Perspective Missing From Work-Family Balance Debate
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Forbes: Childless Women’s Perspective Missing From Work-Family Balance Debate

Lukas offers insight on maternity leave from a perspective of a childless woman. American women often hear how good European women have it, with guaranteed, lengthy, state-provided maternity leave. Having lived in EU countries for six years, I’ve seen up close many moms enjoying an idyllic, post-baby time-off. But I’ve also heard from women with very … Continue reading

Fast Company: What it Takes to Build and Sustain a Flexible Workplace
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Fast Company: What it Takes to Build and Sustain a Flexible Workplace

Sarah Fell had been laid off from her senior-level job in her third trimester when she decided to launch FlexJobs in 2007. The company offers a $15-a-month subscription service that provides job listings for flexible positions across various careers and industries.  In this piece, she explains what makes a flexible job arrangement work best for employer and employee. … Continue reading

Huffington Post: Why Walking Meetings Can Be Better Than Sitting Meetings
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Huffington Post: Why Walking Meetings Can Be Better Than Sitting Meetings

Apart from providing us with the obvious physical benefits of walking, walking meetings help break down formalities, foster camaraderie between co-workers, and lead to more creative thinking. To gauge walking’s effect on creativity, Schwartz and Oppezzo had test subjects walk and sit, and then asked them to find alternate uses for everyday items like tires … Continue reading

Newsweek: Sex, Race, Education and the Marriage Gap
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Newsweek: Sex, Race, Education and the Marriage Gap

There is growing income inequality in this country and Reeves believes a good portion of it is due to “assortative mating” (marriage between people of similar backgrounds). There is a growing trend in the United States toward assortative mating—a clunky phrase that refers to people’s tendency to choose spouses with similar educational attainment. Rising numbers … Continue reading

Washington Post: The Uncomfortable Truth About How We View Working Women
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Washington Post: The Uncomfortable Truth About How We View Working Women

When you search “CEO” on Google Images, the first woman to appear after dozens of men is a plastic doll CEO. Unfortunately, additional images mostly include hyper-sexualized female caricatures. The main concern here is the low number of women portrayed in positions of power on the internet. About twenty-seven percent of American CEOs, for example, are women. But … Continue reading

Detroit Free Press: Work or Stay Home? No One-Size-Fits-All Approach for Moms, Kids
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Detroit Free Press: Work or Stay Home? No One-Size-Fits-All Approach for Moms, Kids

Is there too much societal pressure on mothers?  A stay-at-home mother named Lydia Lovric recently lit up social media across North America with an article in Huffington Post Canada titled “Dear Daughter, Here’s Why I Don’t Work.” Lovric explained that she left a “fancy job” she loved to take care of her children because “your … Continue reading

Forbes: Three Scenarios For The Future Of Work
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Forbes: Three Scenarios For The Future Of Work

PwC introduced an interesting report on the future of work as they envision three possible delineations into work “worlds”. The Blue World In this scenario “big company capitalism” rules and the primary goal and purpose of a business is to focus on profits, revenue, and growing market share, pretty similar to what companies focus on today … Continue reading

The Guardian: Stay-at-home dads pay the price in job market for putting family first
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The Guardian: Stay-at-home dads pay the price in job market for putting family first

When his elder daughter entered first grade, Gary Clarke signed up to be a class parent, organizing and participating in all kinds of special events in her classroom and being a liaison between the teacher and other parents. The catch? For an entire term, Clarke – a stay-at-home dad in Massachusetts, who for the last … Continue reading