Work and Family

Bringing Flexibility Back to Retirement: An Interview with Paul Rupert

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Blog
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Bringing Flexibility Back to Retirement: An Interview with Paul Rupert
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Robin Hardman Communications Blog

When the concept of flexible work arrangements was first introduced, in the 1970s and 80s, it referred to a long menu of options, from flexing start and end times to job sharing, compressed work weeks, and many other arrangements that have fallen off the collective radar. I recently sat down with Paul Rupert to learn more about one such valuable but under-used arrangement, Phased Retirement.

New Book Takes a Faith-Based Approach to Work-Life Balance

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Book
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New Book Takes a Faith-Based Approach to Work-Life Balance
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http://amzn.to/2gtIO3f
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Russell Clayton

Russell Clayton, Ph.D. released a new book taking a faith-based approach to work-life balance. Supported by evidence from academic research, In Search of Work-Life Balance presents a biblically based, practical, and achievable way forward for anyone who's wrestling to find a functional balance between the necessity of work and the desire to spend time with those who matter the most. 

Spotlight on A Better Balance

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Blog
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Spotlight on A Better Balance
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1 Million for Work Flexibility

News on Employer Parental Leave Policies

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Brief
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News on Employer Parental Leave Policies
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CLASP and the National Partnership on Women and Families
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CLASP Jodie Levin-Epstein

What Makes a Company One of the "Best"

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Blog
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What Makes a Company One of the "Best"
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Robin Hardman Communications Blog (also on Huffington Post)

Working Mother Media has published some numbers that provide a fascinating comparison between those companies on the most recent  (2016) “100 Best Companies

What Britain Can Learn from Scandinavia When It Comes to Childcare

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News Article
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What Britain Can Learn from Scandinavia When It Comes to Childcare
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The Conversation

The Danes do it, the Swedes do it, and even the Norwegians do it, but when it comes to accessible and affordable childcare, Britain lags far behind its northerly neighbours.

“Opting Out” or “Pushed Out”? Integrating Perspectives on Women’s Career Equality for Gender Inclusion and Interventions

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Report
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“Opting Out” or “Pushed Out”? Integrating Perspectives on Women’s Career Equality for Gender Inclusion and Interventions
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Journal of Management

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This paper integrates the rapidly growing literatures on the individual and organizational factors that contribute to women’s career equality.

Filling the Holes: Work Schedulers as Job Crafters of Employment Practice in Long-Term Health Care

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Report
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Filling the Holes: Work Schedulers as Job Crafters of Employment Practice in Long-Term Health Care
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PubMed Central (PMC)

Although work schedulers serve an organizational role influencing decisions about balancing conflicting stakeholder interests over schedules and staffing, scheduling has primarily been described as an objective activity or individual job characteristic. The authors use the lens of job crafting to examine how schedulers in 26 health care facilities enact their roles as they “fill holes” to schedule workers.

These Jobs Offer the Best Work/Life Balance

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News Article
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These Jobs Offer the Best Work/Life Balance
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MarketWatch (article by Maria LaMagna)
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dowgun

"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.

What IS "Family-Friendly," Anyway?

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Blog
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What IS "Family-Friendly," Anyway?
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Robin Hardman Communications Blog (also on Huffington Post)
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Robin Hardman

What does it mean for a workplace to be "family-friendly?" I’ve noticed that so-called family-friendliness tends to land in one of two buckets.

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