"Glassdoor, the online job recruiting website, released its annual best work/life balance job rankings. The list was dominated by jobs in the technology sector. Glassdoor believes that the more in-demand a position is, the more leverage an employee has to negotiate conditions and terms, directly impacting their work/life balance and happiness. Non-tech jobs that made the list include positions with lower salaries such as substitute teacher and library assistant, a fact that Glassdoor believes shows that people have different definitions of work/life balance.
The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) and the National Partnership for Women & Families have released an updated version of our employer paid leave chart, New and Expanded Employer Paid Family Leave Policies (2015-2016), which highlights new paid family leave policies announced from 2015 through the present by high-profile companies. Of note is that recently, two companies, Deloitte and Discovery Communications, have begun providing family leave that allows for elder care and care for a seriously ill family member.
"Researchers from Ball State University and Saint Louis University have now found the opposite might be true -- that blurring the boundaries and integrating work and life might better equip us to handle cognitive transitions while limiting the drain on our cognitive resources."
Employee feedback is often a major factor in getting onto a "best workplace" list. This approach makes a lot of sense, intuitively. It’s democratic. It’s Yelp-like, egalitarian. It gets inside what it can really mean to work at a company. At the same time, it does raise questions: if a great workplace is judged largely by intangibles—by what it feels like to work there—how sustainable is it?