The application for Working Mother’s annual “100 Best Companies” list is out—if your company wants to try for this list, you have until mid-March to answer the 500 questions, write your essay, and get your entry in. It’s a lot of work, but it’s for a big reward. Here are some tips for getting on the list.
This year I’ve written some resolutions. The twist is, they’re not for me. They’re for employers. Specifically, they’re for all those employers out there who haven’t yet figured out that work doesn’t always have to be drudgery, that turnover doesn’t always have to be sky-high, and that it’s not only possible for a more humane work environment to co-exist with profits, it’s probable.
Every researcher in the work-life field owes a huge intellectual debt to one of our pioneers, Lotte Bailyn. In this interview, she discusses her 40-year career of groundbreaking research of redesigning work to accommodate the real lives of working families.
“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.”
"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.