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Why New Paternity Leave Policies Aren’t Enough

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Op-ed (published opinion/editorial)
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Why New Paternity Leave Policies Aren’t Enough
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Greater Good Science Center at Cal-Berkeley. Author Scott Behson
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Scott Behson, PhD

Why New Paternity Leave Policies Aren’t Enough

With the announecements from Netflix, Vigin Atlantic and others, is this the Golden Age of Paternity Leave? Not so fast. Here are tips for employees and managers to change their workplace cultures.

http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/why_new_paternity_leave_policies_arent_enough

Jeff Bezos Responds to Brutal NYT Story, Says It Doesn’t Represent the Amazon He Leads

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News Article
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Jeff Bezos Responds to Brutal NYT Story, Says It Doesn’t Represent the Amazon He Leads
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Geek Wire
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dowgun

“The article doesn’t describe the Amazon I know or the caring Amazonians I work with every day,” Bezos wrote in a memo to his employees after the New York Times published a scathing article about the company's culture.  “But if you know of any stories like those reported, I want you to escalate to HR. You can also email me directly. . .even if it’s rare or isolated, our tolerance for any such lack of empathy needs to be zero.”

Work Policies May Be Kinder, but Brutal Competition Isn't

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News Article
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Work Policies May Be Kinder, but Brutal Competition Isn't
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New York TImes
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dowgun

"Top-tier employers may be changing their official policies in a nod to work-life balance, but brutal competition remains an inescapable component of workers' daily lives. . . .As Professor Frank, who has written a book about the phenomenon known as winner-take-all economics, explains, the basic problem is that the rewards for ascending to top jobs at companies like Netflix and Goldman Sachs are not just enormous, they are also substantially greater than at companies in the next tier down.

Inside Amazon: Wrestling Big Ideas in a Bruising Workplace

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News Article
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Inside Amazon: Wrestling Big Ideas in a Bruising Workplace
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New York Times
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dowgun

“The joke in the office was that when it came to work/life balance, work came first, life came second, and trying to find the balance came last,” said one former Amazon employee - and "When you’re not able to give your absolute all, 80 hours a week, they see it as a major weakness,”  said another, both of whom are quoted in the recent New York Times article on the "brusing but thrilling" workplace culture at Amazon.

Why We Need Older Women in the Workplace

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News Article
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Why We Need Older Women in the Workplace
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NY Magazine
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Judi C Casey

"A good workplace is one in which you can look around and see versions of yourself five years from now, or ten. But for women, this exercise in mirroring gets harder and harder as they push toward 40, and 50, and beyond -- for the simple reason that older women with ambition don't stick around. They dial back, drop out, start their own thing."

Essentials for Childhood

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Essentials for Childhood
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Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
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Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment- Essentials for Childhood

The Colorado Essentials for Childhood Project is in search of a speaker for an event on August 20th in Denver, Colorado to present on the advantages of family-friendly business practices and the concept of return on investment as it is related to the establishment of these types of policies in the workplace.  Anyone who has any leads please contact Giorgianna Venetis at giorgianna.venetis@state.co.us

For more information on the Essentials for Childhood project in Colorado: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/EssentialsForChildhood

Are All Work-life Balance Experts Self-employed Hypocrites?

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News Article
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Are All Work-life Balance Experts Self-employed Hypocrites?
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Fortune
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Judi C Casey

If it's so doable to find satisfaction in both your personal life and your career, why have so many work-life balance experts left corporate America?

An Employee Benefit That Truly Benefits

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Blog
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An Employee Benefit That Truly Benefits
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Debra I. Schafer
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Debra Schafer, Executive Advisor; CEO, Education Navigation, LLC

Innovative companies are bringing employee benefits into the workplace including one that helps to end the stigma associated with work/life struggles, stress, and mental health issues.

Silicon Valley: Perks for Some Workers, Struggles for Parents

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News Article
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Silicon Valley: Perks for Some Workers, Struggles for Parents
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New York TImes
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Kay Dowgun

Tech companies shower their employees with perks like dry cleaning, massages and haircuts. But there is one group for whom working at a tech company can be much more difficult than working elsewhere: parents. Many of the employees who work for tech companies are in their twenties, so the older employees with families often receive backlash from their employers when requesting to take parental leave.

Podcast

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Other
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Podcast
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The WorkLifeHUB
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Debra Schafer, CEO and Special Education Advisor

Recent podcast featured on The WorkLifeHUB, discussing issues related to working parents who have children with autism spectrum disorders, ADD/ADHD, learning disabilities, and mental health issues.  Among other topics, we discussed obstacles in the workplace regarding disclosure, policy changes, and how companies can support these complex needs.  Excerpt from our discussion and the actual podcast are posted at above link and also at: http://www.debraischafer.com/#!media/c16m6.

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