Work, Life, and Healthcare Organizations

July 29,2014 at 11:45 am

supporting hospital employees in work and life

The following post comes from guest contributor Ingrid Shelton, an HR Consultant with Horizons Workforce Consulting.

As an industry, healthcare depends on its people in a way few others do. The life or death aspect is only one major difference. How many other industries have customers who can negotiate how much to pay based on what people are saying about its employees?

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The College Application Season is Almost Here: Are Your Employees Ready?

July 28,2014 at 11:30 am
Filed under: educational advising

Elyse Krantz's Common App tips for working parents The following guest post comes from Elyse Krantz, College Coach admissions educator and former senior admissions officer at Barnard College and Bennington College.

For working parents with rising high school seniors, life is about to get a little more hectic than usual. Why? According to the National Center for Education Statistics, approximately 2.2 million high school graduates will enroll in college next fall. That’s 2.2 million students who will suddenly be turning to mom and dad for advice on completing college applications and editing application essays. (more…)

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Backing Up For Summer

July 25,2014 at 11:45 am
Filed under: back-up care

school-age kids at summer back-up care camp

Summer presents working parents with special challenges, namely children who are off from school. This is especially tough for parents of children who have moved out of the preschool years and on to camps that might not extend all the way through the summer. Bright Horizons’ own Julie Detro, Senior Manager for the Care Advantage program, tells her story.

We all know it’s true: Being a working parent can be tough. There are always so many demands that arise at work and at home, that require intense time and effort.  And we working parents can’t be in two places at once, so we try our best to meet all of the demands of home and still be successful at work.

That includes figuring out what our child(ren) are supposed to do when we can’t be with them. And of course when they don’t have school, things are even more complicated. (more…)

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Work/Life Balance, the President, and Me

July 23,2014 at 11:15 am

Michelle Kang, Bright Horizons

The following post comes from Michelle Kang, Vice President of Client Relations.

Every Sunday night, I open up my computer to review my schedule for the week. I assess business travel and meetings, review the five-day weather forecast, check camp and sports schedules, consult my husband’s work calendar, and browse through cookbooks and recipe websites. I create a weekly grid that plans out where my family is going to be, any appointments or classes, and the dinner plans for every day of the week.

I spend two hours each weekend doing this process to help ensure that a parent is there when my boys are learning a new move at Taekwondo class, and that my husband and I can fulfill (or attempt to fulfill) our work responsibilities and take care of our family. (more…)

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Myths and Realities of the Family-Friendly Workplace {Part 2}

July 16,2014 at 3:00 am

Myths about workplace flexibility

Flex time was a hot topic of conversation during the recent White House Summit on Working Families. President Obama and the First Lady themselves referenced the subject at the June event, talking about their own experiences working and taking care of young children. Yet face time (strict 9-to-5) remains the gold standard in many places – in some companies, it can be a career ender just to ask about a flexible schedule.

Last week I looked at actual family-friendly supports. Today, we take on what you may think you know about flex time. (more…)

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Why a Child’s Education Matters to Employers

July 14,2014 at 11:30 am
Filed under: educational advising

high school graduates throwing mortarboard caps

Not long ago our Chief HR Officer, Dan Henry, outlined a primer on the downfalls of the engagement movement. It’s not engagement itself that’s the problem (engaged employees are good), it’s the hastily assembled pursuit that doesn’t make sense (i.e., ineffective approaches are bad).

Re-framing the Employee Engagement Issue

So I’d like to think about it differently – what can support engagement? It is obvious how child care and elder care does the job. A parent with child care is a parent who can work. But clearly identifying easily actionable ways for a child to get good grades and get into college – let’s face it, things that every parent worries about – is just as liberating. A mom who isn’t worried about deciphering the FAFSA form is a mom who can work on an RFP to the best of her ability. A dad with solid advice about a child with special needs is a dad who can think business strategy. (more…)

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Myths and Realities of the Family-Friendly Workplace {Part 1}

July 10,2014 at 11:30 am

Family-Friendly Workplaces

Recently, we published an infographic called Family Means Fired.

It’s based on data from our new Modern Family Index showing the startling fact that in 2014, nearly half of working parents fear their responsibilities for their children will get them fired from their jobs.

One journalist called the information “disturbing,” asking, “What do employers fear when it comes to implementing family-friendly policies?”

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You’ve Got Mail: Is a Postcard-Sized FAFSA Best for Working Parents?

July 8,2014 at 11:20 am
Filed under: educational advising

FAFSA proposal's effect on families

A financial aid application that consists of only two questions and can fit on a postcard? I admit, as a busy working parent and former busy financial aid officer, the prospect sounds tempting. I don’t know of a working parent or aid administrator who couldn’t use a little time savings. (more…)

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Hitting the Mobile Mark on Elder Care

July 2,2014 at 2:00 pm
Filed under: back-up care,Elder care

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It’s called many things: our golden years, our sunset days…the twilight of our lives. But regardless of what we call them, the elder years are also a time of major transitions.

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The Truth About Family Friendly Workplaces

July 1,2014 at 12:15 pm
Filed under: work/life balance

A call for family-friendly workplaces

The following guest post comes from Lisa Oppenheimer. With a career ranging from freelance to full-time, Lisa has a diverse employment background as perspective and writes frequently “from the trenches” about the real life challenges of people in today’s workplaces

My husband and I were in the delivery room with our first child when we got a message about his job – or more specifically, that he no longer had one.  The company Steve was working for had gone under – no job, no severance, no insurance.

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