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“Call Work Life Balance Make More Money”

The White House hosted an historic Workplace Flexibility Forum today to highlight best practice, have (some) discussion around policy and most critically, add the imprimatur of the President and First Lady, who opened and closed the event, to these issues.  CEOs, high level government administrators and elected officials, mothers’ action groups, union leaders, academics and […]

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Making Work Work in the New Normal

How do you compete in a world where competition isn’t necessarily the driver?  What does it look like when sharing and reciprocity are the new currency?  I spent a morning absorbing the words of Futurist Bob Johansen at the Work Life Conference in Washington DC, run by the Families and Work Institute and the Conference […]

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Thinking About Mothers and Work and Media

“I often wonder if it matters what kind of mother you are as far as the media is concerned. When I was a WOHM (work out of home mother), just a vacuum of nothingness. When I was a SAHM (stay at home mother), what was written was belittling, whiny, or just plain vicious. Now I […]

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Balance, What Balance?!

Why do I persist in using the term “work life balance” when it has so many complex connotations?  I have a very simple answer.  Because it’s the lingua franca of the academic research and literature, of corporate programs, of legislation and of every day people.  There are those I respect who argue convincingly for alternative […]

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Rocking the House of Work

There is something powerful when people gather around a table.  In the midst of too many other to-dos to mention this week, I took several hours and went to lunch with an amazing group of work+life commentators and implementers. Plain and simple, the conversation rocked the house. From the founder of the work+life research movement […]

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So Let’s Build a New House

A Personal Blueprint for Workplace Renewal Constructed with: – capitalism, with a healthy dose of government vigilance and oversight. – corporate profits, giving people the opportunity to earn to the highest of their desire and capacity in innovative, creative free markets with the caveat of ethical, law-abiding behavior. – protective legislation to provide care where […]

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The House of Work is a Tear Down

“When we talk about work-life issues, and getting policies in place to facilitate the reality of parenting, care-giving or just plain old life, I fear we’re providing a quick coat of paint and new curtains for a house that’s really a tear down… The model is broken. We have to start over.” This was my […]

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GET CREATIVE: IT IS POSSIBLE!

I have a friend in the professional services sector in New York, working in one of those pressure-cooker 24/7 type of environments I wrote about recently.  In fact I have a whole lot of friends in these industries.  They work insane hours and are, for the most part, remunerated very well.  Most of them laugh […]

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Is it Complicated? Hell Yeah!

Two articles from opposing ends of the work-life spectrum piqued my interest last week. The first starts out like this “You’re meeting with your boss. Your kid’s Halloween parade starts in an hour. If you’re going to make it, it’s time to go – now. What do you do?”  Whilst this piece is written with […]

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Work-life Extravaganza!

Wow.  Quite the week for work-life balance discussion.  And quite the week for women’s issues.  It seemed the debate lifted a notch with some serious new data telling the story of the health of the American workforce from Ellen Galinsky at the Families and Work Institute and more data coming out of Harvard via the […]

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