Work and Family

These Jobs Offer the Best Work/Life Balance

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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.

Author Insights: Joan Blades and Nanette Fondas on The Custom Fit Workplace

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Blog
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Author Insights: Joan Blades and Nanette Fondas on The Custom Fit Workplace
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1 Million for Work Flexibility

Joan Blades and Nanette Fondas are coauthors of The Custom Fit Workplace: Choose When, Where, and How to Work and Boost Your Bottom Line.

New CW&F Issue Available Online for WFRN Members

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New CW&F Issue Available Online for WFRN Members
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Community, Work & Family Journal
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dowgun

The new issue of  the Community, Work & Family journal (Volume 19, Issue 5, December 2016) is now available online here. Please note that you must be a member of WFRN and logged on to the WFRN website to access the issue. 

The Curse of Flexible Work

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News Article
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The Curse of Flexible Work
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BBC.com

Deviating from the nine-to-five isn’t always liberating – it can often be a constant source of stress.

Who Gets Time Off? Predicting Access to Paid Leave and Workplace Flexibility

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Who Gets Time Off? Predicting Access to Paid Leave and Workplace Flexibility
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1 Million for Work Flexibility

The problems that result from work/family conflict can appear insurmountable if both parents in a family work outside of the home and do not have access to paid sick leave or work flexibility.

That challenge is at the core of “Who Gets Time Off? Predicting Access to Paid Leave and Workplace Flexibility,” an April 2016 study from the Center for American Progress (CAP), an independent, nonpartisan policy institute.

Read more in 1MFWF's "Research Explainer" series

Flexible Schedules Reward Dads, Not Moms

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News Article
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Flexible Schedules Reward Dads, Not Moms
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Washington Post

Chung found that men and women in full-time jobs with flexible schedules worked about the same amount of overtime hours. The same went for mothers and fathers. The men, however, saw an earnings increase beyond overtime pay after switching from a concrete schedule to flexible hours. They banked an average of 1,000 more euros (about $1,125) per year. The women enjoyed no such gains.

Flexible Working Is Making Us Work Longer

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News Article
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Flexible Working Is Making Us Work Longer
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The Conversation
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Heejung Chung

Contrary to what you might expect, those with more control over their work schedule work more than those with less control. In fact, people have a tendency to work more overtime hours once they are allowed to work flexibly, compared to when they were not.

Research: Keeping Work and Life Separate Is More Trouble than It’s Worth

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Research: Keeping Work and Life Separate Is More Trouble than It’s Worth
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Harvard Business Review Blog Network
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Judi C Casey

"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."

Research Explainer: “The New Millennial Dad,” Boston College

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Blog
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Research Explainer: “The New Millennial Dad,” Boston College
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1 Million for Work Flexibility

1MFWF is making work/life research more accessible to a broad audience in a new "Research Explainer" blog series. Don't miss this first post in the series, on Boston College Center for Work & Family's “The New Millennial Dad: Understanding the Paradox of Today’s Fathers”

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