Monthly Message from the Work-Life Director
June Greetings from the Director
Happy Father's Day!
Happy Father’s Day to all the men who actively care for their children, elders, family members, friends, and neighbors. While women are still more likely to request flexible working arrangements in the work place, young men are increasingly demanding work life balance as an employee benefit.
As a late boomer growing up, I remember the great divide between my mother’s work in the house and my father’s work in the world. My mom hated house work, but stayed at home while my father pursued a college degree and was employed. At the dawn of the feminist movement, she divorced my father, leaving him wondering how to do the laundry and care for two kids. At 14, I knew more about managing a household than he did.
Decades later, my husband and I both work outside the home to support the family. Chores and child care must be divided or they don’t get done. Today’s families are different from decades ago, and the work place is increasingly trying to accommodate them. Progressive organizations recognize that flexible working arrangements are powerful strategies for recruiting and retaining the best employees. At the same time, lawmakers are institutionalizing work place flexibility with such initiatives as the Working Families Flexibility Act ( http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=s110-2419).
We have many men in our lives to thank for recognizing that worker productivity is best supported by effective home-life management. Their voices for wanting and needing to spend more time with their children, elders, and community are getting louder, strongly contributing to a transformation of the work place.
In appreciation to the busy men who care,