Although this is the last day we’re focusing on ‘A Woman’s Nation’, the conversation must continue. Exerpts of this post are from the Huffington Post article written by Chai Feldblum and Katie Corrigan, co-directors of Workplace Flexibility 2010. An initiative of Georgetown University Law Center, this project advocates for family friendly work policies and legislation.
It’s important to look more closely at how workforce trends are impacting our family lives. Over two thirds of American families don’t have someone at home who handles the household responsibilities. With both parents working, many struggle to succeed at work while meeting the demands of family, and often feel they fail to achieve either very well.
This issue impacts Sandwiched Boomers who are faced with the challenges of caring for a family in flux, whether it’s growing children, aging parents or both. But the struggle to balance work and home is often seen as a problem that each employee or family must face alone.
The continuing conversation needs to include movement toward workplace flexibility that meets the needs of both employers and families. This approach supports individuals’ control over the scheduling of their work hours and includes options such as condensed workweeks and telecommuting. Study results indicate that flexibility increases productivity by keeping workers healthier and happier as well as cuts employer costs by reducing turnover.
President Obama spoke this week about the incredible juggling act working women go through every day. And how to best support working parents is one of Michelle Obama’s priorities. She is particularly concerned about policies providing sick leave, increased maternity leave and flexible work arrangements.
Let’s hope that the buzz around the Shriver Report results in a national conversation about how to shift the infrastructure of the workplace to meet the realities facing families today. And we can start right here, right now.