Work - Life Balance

Women [and men] today are seeking greater flexibility in their jobs to balance more effectively their work and family responsibilities. Lack of such arrangements often forces women to opt out of pursuing their career goals. When they return to work, women find themselves at a disadvantage in terms of earnings, opportunities and promotions. Employers who adopt more flexibility in the workplace allow women and men to lead more productive and effective lives.

Changing Workplace Scheduling as an Anti-Poverty Strategy

By Melissa Stevenson

At the June 22nd brown bag lunch, “Changing Workplace Scheduling as an Anti-Poverty Strategy,” sponsored by Half in Ten and the Women of Color Policy Network at NYU Wagner, presenter Joan Williams discussed how erratic workplace scheduling policies prevent many low-income parents from maintaining regular employment. She believes that anti-poverty policies that focus entirely on workforce readiness may be misplaced; instead, the problem rests with the employers and companies who use outdated workplace scheduling practices that make it impossible for low-income workers to be both an ideal worker and a responsible parent.

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Changing Structures for a Changing Reality

By Jennifer P. Patello*

Can it really be that men are experiencing more work-life balance troubles than women? Apparently, as reported in the Families and Work Institute’s National Study of the Changing Workforce, The New Male Mystique.

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