Work and Family

Author Insights: Heather Boushey on the Economics of Work-Life Conflict

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Author Insights: Heather Boushey on the Economics of Work-Life Conflict
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1 Million for Work Flexibility

Heather Boushey is Executive Director and Chief Economist at the Washington Center for Equitable Growth and a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress. Her research focuses on economic inequality and public policy, specifically employment, social policy, and family economic well-being. She is the author of “Finding Time: The Economics of Work-Life Conflict” from Harvard University Press.

Reminder - Practitioner Day at 2016 WFRN Conference

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Reminder - Practitioner Day at 2016 WFRN Conference
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WFRN
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dowgun

At the end of June, the best and brightest work and family researchers, policy makers, and practitioners from around the world will gather for their biennial global conference in Washington, D.C.

What Makes a 100 Best Company? It Depends...

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What Makes a 100 Best Company? It Depends...
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Robin Hardman Communications Blog (also on Huffington Post)
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Robin Hardman

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?

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 3, July 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.   

This issue contains the following articles:

New Beginnings at the Families and Work Institute

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New Beginnings at the Families and Work Institute
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Families and Work Institute
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Judi C Casey

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

At Families and Work Institute (FWI), we aim to be ahead of the curve, so as our 25th Anniversary approached in 2014, I began to think about how best to preserve our legacy and position our work to thrive in the years to come.

Most people think about succession as the perpetuation of an organization, but I have been thinking about the perpetuation of our work and came to the conclusion that we needed a different approach.

Complying with Family-Friendly Leave Policies Is Not Enough

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Complying with Family-Friendly Leave Policies Is Not Enough
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Harvard Business Review
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Scott Behson

As states and municipalities move ahead of the federal government on policy, it is best to embrace and get ahead of change as opposed to grudgingly playing catch-up. A manager's challenge is how to take mandated policies and move them beyond simple compliance to a place of executional excellence.

In our work with employers, we find that when managers embrace new policies and regulations rather than grudgingly complying, they bring needed change to workplace culture.

New York Just Created a Revolutionary New Family-Leave Policy

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New York Just Created a Revolutionary New Family-Leave Policy
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NY Magazine
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Scott Behson

New York is now the fourth U.S. State to implement paid family leave. Their program provides the largest benefit of the four.

Parents Love or Hate the Late-Night Email Catch-Up

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Parents Love or Hate the Late-Night Email Catch-Up
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The Wall Street Journal
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Dowgun

Individuals differ deeply in how they manage the boundary between work and home. Yet few are aware of how different logging on from home feels to others, and this can cause tension and misunderstandings in the workplace. “People get really annoyed at a colleague who doesn’t have the same style,” says Ellen Ernst Kossek, a management professor at Purdue University who has researched and defined differences in how people handle work-home boundaries.  Some people are integrators, allowing work and home life to bleed together.

Reminder: UK Balance Network Workshop on Digital Technologies - June 27, 2016

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Reminder: UK Balance Network Workshop on Digital Technologies - June 27, 2016
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UK Balance Network
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Ariane Ollier-Malaterre for the SIG Work-family and Technology

Beyond Balance: How digital technologies are affecting our work, our homes, and everything in between

On International Women’s Day, U.S. Labor Policies Lag Behind Other Nations

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On International Women’s Day, U.S. Labor Policies Lag Behind Other Nations
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Center for Law and Social Policy
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Liz Ben-Ishai, CLASP
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