Work/Life Support Around the World

August 28,2014 at 11:30 am

work/life support around the globe

Earlier this summer, the Work and Family Researchers Network held its bi-annual conference, this year on Changing Work and Family Relationships in a Global Economy.

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Unplug to Recharge: No More Working Vacations!

August 27,2014 at 11:41 am
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working vacation labor day mom and child

The following guest post comes from Lisa Oppenheimer, who writes occasionally “from the trenches” about the real life challenges of people in today’s workplace.

I was on my honeymoon 28 years ago when I awoke in the middle of the night and uttered the words every new husband wants to hear.

“Oh noooo, I can’t remember if I requested the specific placement for that ad we’re running in the New York Times Magazine!”

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Student Loans and Debt Settlement Companies: Employees Beware

August 26,2014 at 12:25 pm
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With approximately $1 trillion of student loan debt currently outstanding and 7 million borrowers currently delinquent on at least one student loan, it’s clear that student loan borrowers are in need of repayment assistance. Unfortunately, many borrowers are looking for help in all the wrong places. (more…)

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How Did They Save 2600 Hours of Employee Productivity?

August 21,2014 at 1:00 pm
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College Coach saves financial services employee productivity

When we think about a high touch, high value employee benefit like College Coach we often focus on the end user: the employee who is the beneficiary of the service. People say “Wow, that’s so nice!” when I tell them we have 100 corporate partners who offer the benefit to their employees.

While most employees would agree that it IS nice to have access to such a great benefit, that’s not really why the service has gained traction over the years.  Savvy employers know that talent is difficult to find and retain, and that employee loyalty really matters.  They also understand that if they remove major distractors, like the college admissions process, then employees will be more productive at work. (more…)

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Workplace Flexibility and the Virtual Baby

August 19,2014 at 11:30 am
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equal work-flex benefits for all employees

I was at the Work & Family Researchers Network conference recently when someone mentioned the idea of a “virtual baby.”

What exactly does that mean?

It goes back to the common struggle my clients face over how to support employees with family care needs in such a way that doesn’t feel unfair to employees who don’t have dependent-care responsibilities.

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How to Choose Your Back-Up Care Solution

August 18,2014 at 11:45 am
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girl at back-up care reading books The following guest post comes from Andrew Williams, Director of Business Technology Solutions for Bright Horizons Back-Up Care Advantage

What do you need in a back-up care solution? Among employers looking to preserve productivity, there’s general agreement over the necessity of back-up care – by definition, care that helps avoid employee absences by either replacing arrangements that are temporarily unavailable or responding to a short-term need (such as a parent’s illness). But approaches vary. Some programs are purely DIY. Others stitch together back-up care services by relying on a phonebook-like directory of centers and agencies to provide care. There are also child care companies that outsource their technology and call-center operations. Yet there’s a strong argument for an option that puts it all together. (more…)

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Critical Analysis for Work/Life Program Decision Makers

August 12,2014 at 11:45 am
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working mother and daughterEarlier this summer, the Work and Family Researchers Network (WFRN) held its biannual conference in New York City. The event included hundreds of researchers and HR practitioners from around the world who gathered to discuss topics of interest in the work/life field.

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Helping Employees Raise Finance-Wise Kids

August 11,2014 at 11:30 am
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college financial literacy expert Kathy RubyThe following guest post comes from Kathy Ruby, Senior Manager of College Finance at College Coach and former senior financial aid officer at St. Olaf College and Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania.

I recently returned from the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrator (NASFAA) Conference, an annual financial aid administrators gathering. When I was a Director of Financial Aid, I attended this conference regularly to network, stay up-to-date on federal regulations, and learn about the most effective ways to serve students and families. It was great to reconnect with my former colleagues and learn about the “hot” issues in financial aid offices today as a College Coach educator. (more…)

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Home Alone: How I Improved My Productivity & Focus

August 7,2014 at 12:30 pm

work-from-home and productivity

Recently I packed up my two kids and my husband and sent them to visit grandma in Northern California. I’ve had a home office for years, and while that has supported both my professional goals and family flexibility, it has also narrowed my options for time alone.

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Are Parents of STEM Majors More Stressed about College Applications?

August 4,2014 at 11:15 am
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advice for parents of STEM majors

Parents of science and engineering students probably aren’t losing too much sleep over their child’s choice of college major.

The National Association of Colleges and Employers’ recent salary survey of 2014 college graduates found that entry-level Engineering positions had the highest starting salaries, followed closely behind by Computer Science. In fact, according to Payscale’s 2013-2014 College Salary Report, the top 13 college majors in terms of future salary potential were all in the technical fields (with Petroleum Engingeering, Actuarial Mathematics, and Nuclear Engineering topping the list). (more…)

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