Working Parents and SAT Stress

October 20,2014 at 11:30 am
Filed under: educational advising

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It’s standardized test season — do you know where your employees are? They’re likely on the phone trying to arrange test prep, checking the College Board website for new scores, or simply worrying about getting their child through this hurdle in the college process. (more…)

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Talking Work and Family with Bright Horizons CEO Dave Lissy {Part 1}

October 16,2014 at 12:17 pm
Filed under: employee well-being

National Work and Family Month

Earlier this year, Bright Horizons CEO Dave Lissy was among a handful of business leaders invited to participate with President Obama in the White House Summit on Working Families.

With National Work and Family Month reminding us to keep the subject at the forefront, we went to Dave to revisit the conference. In Part 1, we ask about messages from the President and why this conversation continues to be so important.   (more…)

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The ABCs of Back to School for Working Parents

October 14,2014 at 11:30 am
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The following guest post comes from Mary Sue Youn, Director of Educational Consulting at College Coach and former senior Admissions Officer at Barnard College and Whittier College.

Employers might notice a lot of distracted employees this time of year. Summer may be long over, but fall is notorious for stress related to children’s homework assignments and newly increased rigor and demands at school.

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Cheering the Achievements of Learning and Development

October 7,2014 at 12:15 pm
Filed under: tuition assistance

Employees learning and developing, Chief Learning Officer award

Earlier this week, Chief Learning Officer (CLO) Magazine held its annual Learning in Practice awards ceremony at the CLO Symposium in Carlsbad, California. The event was attended by more than 300 top corporate learning executives from around the world.

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For-Profit Colleges and the Student Debt Crisis: a College President Weighs In

October 6,2014 at 1:15 pm
Filed under: tuition assistance

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Phil Conroy, President of Vermont Technical CollegeThe following guest post comes from Dr. Phil Conroy. Dr. Conroy has served four institutions, both public and independent, during his 40-year career in higher education. He has served as a professor, financial aid officer, alumni and development director, vice president for institutional advancement, marketing and enrollment management, and college president.

Research has shown that a lot of people get their news from faux news shows. So when comedian John Oliver went on a colorful rant about colleges and universities during his fake-news show, well I knew colleges and universities had taken a very real hit.

Student debt is a real crisis in this country, though not as clear-cut as a comedy show might suggest. (more…)

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Why Family-Friendly Policies Are Everybody’s Concern

October 1,2014 at 11:00 am

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Quick pop quiz:

A family rushes into the emergency room in the middle of the night with two young children showing symptoms of pinkeye. The doctor writes a prescription, but first asks the mother why she made the mad dash at such an odd hour for something so minor. The mother’s answer:

  1. She thought pinkeye was a medical emergency.
  2. She wanted to start the prescription before her third child got it.
  3. She couldn’t miss work for any reason.

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Modern Families, Modern Employers: Insights on Making Work Work

September 29,2014 at 11:15 am

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Not long ago, we released our Modern Family Index  with a significant amount of data about what’s challenging people in the workforce.

It might be tempting to think the data are merely abstract numbers. But they aren’t.

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Employee Development: To Graduate School… and Beyond

September 25,2014 at 4:01 pm
Filed under: tuition assistance

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It’s a time-consuming, enlightening, and sometimes costly venture to pursue an advanced degree. It should be — it’s one of the bigger career development decisions an employee will make. So how does one decide what school to attend or what degree to pursue? Here are some things manager should help employees consider before applying to graduate school. (more…)

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College Loan & Tuition Insurance: What Employees Need to Know

September 23,2014 at 1:00 pm
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I’ve written before about how financial well-being has a substantial impact on employee productivity. Money worries are distracting, and concerns about college financing — a huge worry — can weigh on job performance. As a College Coach finance educator, I work with families at all phases of the process to help them feel confident when the time comes to pay.

Understanding the full financial ramifications of the college process is a key to mitigating stress. One important element that doesn’t come up often enough in the planning process is what happens to a college loan if something happens to a parent or child (see this report of students being forced to repay loans in full when their co-signers passed away). (more…)

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Congratulations to the Working Mother Top 100

September 18,2014 at 11:56 am
Filed under: employer of choice

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The Working Mother Top 100 Companies list was just released, recognizing employers for their progressive support for employees. We’d like to extend a hearty kudos to all, with an extra shout out to the 84 employers Bright Horizons is proud to call clients. The following is a profile of one of those valued clients. Congratulations!

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