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.
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.
"Warning 'you can’t just hide' from the problem of workplace sexism, Ellen Pao says Silicon Valley must continue to work on the issues brought up in her loss to venture capital-firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in a much-watched gender-bias trial. 'You need to work through these issues,” Ms. Pao said in her first interview since the March 27 verdict, 'because they are here and they’re not going to go away.'. . . .Ms.
"Often, Silicon Valley’s disrupters do not succeed on the terms they initially envision. So it was on Friday when a jury decided that Ms. Pao’s claims of gender discrimination against the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers were without merit. But while the verdict is a defeat for Ms. Pao, a former junior investing partner at the firm who stood to win potentially tens of millions in damages if she prevailed, the trial has nevertheless accomplished something improbable."
In the fourth installment of a series of New York Times op-ed pieces, Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, and Wharton Professor Adam Grant argue that "to make gender parity a reality, we need to change the way we advocate for it. The usual focus is on fairness: to achieve justice, we need to give women equal opportunities. We need to go further and articulate why equality is not just the right thing to do for women but the desirable thing for us all."
This year’s winners work hard to nurture corporate cultures that welcome and celebrate women at the executive level. Click on the link to see which companies earned a spot on the NAFE Top 50 and read about all the ways they're moving women up their corporate ladders.
FlexJobs has released its second annual list of the top 100 companies to watch for remote jobs in the year ahead. The list of 100 telecommute-friendly companies was compiled based on an analysis of the job posting histories of over 30,000 companies over the last year. The final list of 100 represents companies that had the most jobs posted with remote work options (a.k.a. telecommute, work-from-home, virtual) in 2014.