For working mothers, flexibility makes the world go round. It's that extra strrrrrrretch that allows us to deliver: for a manager, a child or a partner. Working moms don't just value choices in how to manage our time--we rely on them.
When Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer banned working from home earlier this year, working parents were outraged. Mayer’s 11,000 employees notwithstanding, a new Working Mother Research Institute survey finds that telecommuting is thriving nationwide.
Family-friendly benefits and flexible cultures are the norm at the Working Mother 100 Best Companies. Translation: Parent employees get home in time for dinner, working moms get to the C-Suite and paid maternity leave is a given.
"Less than a quarter of dads work flexibly and only four percent work part time despite flexible work legislation applying equally to mums and dads, according to a major survey by Workingmums.co.uk and sponsored by Care.com, the world's largest online care destination."
"Thousands of women in their 50s are having to balance work and care or are being pushed out of work altogether, according to a new report from the think tank IPPR. The so-called 'sandwich generation' -- who are caring for both their grandchildren and their elderly parents -- are taking career breaks to become full-time carers and then finding it impossible to get another job before their own retirement age, according to the new report, which is part of a major IPPR project on the 'Condition of Britain'."
"Is it really possible to integrate career, family, and life? Of course several factors are at play. You have to find a system that works for you, but I have found it is possible. Yes, it is a juggling act. And yes, you have to learn to ask for what you want. Thankfully there is a book on this subject that I highly recommend, The Orange Line: A woman's guide to integrating career, family, and life. I interviewed one of the authors, Jodi Ecker Detjen, to get her insight."