Home Alone: How I Improved My Productivity & Focus

August 7,2014 at 12:30 pm

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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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Global Early Education Forum: The First 1000 Days

May 20,2014 at 12:15 pm
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global early education imperativesLast week, the World Forum on Early Care and Education met in Puerto Rico to discuss early education policy, practices and national agendas on the world’s youngest citizens.

Early Education: A Global Concern

Hosted by the World Forum Foundation, this annual conference included participants from the Middle East/North Africa; Sub-Saharan Africa; Asia; Oceania; Central/Eastern Europe; Western Europe; South America; Caribbean/Central America; and North America. Bright Horizons is one of the World Forum Visionary sponsors of this prestigious event. More than 830 delegates from 81 countries attended. (more…)

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Global Workforce Solutions and Employer Work/Life Support Programs

April 7,2014 at 11:45 am

Global Workforce Solutions and Work/Life Balance for Employees

If your company has employees living and working outside of the US, do you support their work/life needs?  Or is this a “local” decision-making process with little central planning or support?

For many successful organizations in the US, providing some form of work/life supports to employees has been the norm.  In fact, there are several awards designed to showcase particularly successful efforts.  Companies’ global workforce solutions might include support for child care or elder care, flexible work arrangements, or resources to promote health and well-being, and they consider these well-valued programs as strategic investments.

 Work/Life Programs for Employees Abroad

Developing a comprehensive global work/life strategy can seem daunting because of the complexities of cultural and geographical differences.  Horizons Workforce Consulting® has worked with a number of clients that are seeking to create frameworks governing how to invest in work/life support programs for employees across the globe.  This process is perhaps best illustrated by considering the following questions: (more…)

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Workplace Managers: This Year is for You!

February 10,2014 at 11:45 am
Filed under: work/life balance

the year of workplace managers

We’re well into 2014 and it’s shaping up to be a great one. Here’s to all those organizations out there trying to establish healthy people practices, and better business outcomes.  This year how about making 2014 The Year of the Manager, and dedicating our efforts to enhancing manager effectiveness.  First up: interesting resources that support the process of managing today’s workforce, the skill sets needed by managers, and the overall well-being of the individual whose role it is to manage.  So here goes…

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The Imperative of Nurturing India’s Women in the Workforce

November 25,2013 at 3:34 pm

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A Monday in November, halfway across the world. A torrential downpour and Bangalore traffic greeted us as we tried to move around the city. What is it like for people that live and work in Bangalore? How about for parents, fighting wild traffic every day to get their kids? You see people on scooters, motorbikes, and buses, all trying to get home after a long day at work. And you must be patient because the streets are shared, bustling with activity on foot and in cars, with cows headed home and those beige dogs roaming around (why are they always that same color?). If you have been here, you can picture it.

New Issues & Opportunities for India’s Professional Women

Working Mother Media hosted its Women’s Advancement conference here in Bangalore, co-sponsored by Diversity Best Practices.  Over three days, there were sessions and networking opportunities designed to encourage companies that do business in India to participate in dialogue on how to enable working women to be successful, grow their careers, and manage personal and family responsibilities.  HR participants shared best practices for creating inclusive workplace environments that leverage individual talents, for the good of the organization and for its employees.

It is an exciting time to be a working woman in India, but also a very difficult one as well. (more…)

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Working Women in Today’s India

October 17,2013 at 10:36 am
Filed under: work/life balance

working women in IndiaIf you had the good fortune to sit in a room full of professional women in India, you’d no doubt be impressed by their accomplishments. These women are primed to succeed: passionate, educated, intense, and focused on learning and advancing in their chosen fields. Such attributes should bring joy to the hearts of employers. But the actual story is quite different.

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Work-Life Balance and the Lost Art of the Vacation

August 6,2013 at 10:00 am
Filed under: employee well-being

Working on vacationI just read a short piece in the World at Work Newsline summarizing a study about the number of Americans who will be working while on vacation.You know the drill: pack up your smartphone and bring your laptop along so you can “occasionally” check on what’s happening. The study, by TeamViewers, and conducted by Harris Interactive of 2,000 respondents, shows that 38 percent plan to check email, while another 30 percent will take work-related calls.

Not all of this is by choice. Some employees are being told to work. And the TeamViewers study reports that lots of people don’t like it. Some (34 percent) would be merely unhappy, but do the work anyway. Others (22 percent) would just say no. Either way, you can only imagine what this does to morale. (more…)

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Mid-Summer Nights Blues: Summer School Work and Working Parents

July 17,2013 at 12:36 pm

SAW_blog_flipflopsHello and greetings to parents of school-age children and HR professionals with employees in that life stage.

Most of us know this time of year not just as merely the lazy days of summer, not just as mid-July, but as the time of year when the school systems in towns across the country expect many of us to re-engage our children (mine is going in to 7th grade) to do homework. You know what I’m talking about. Maybe the assignment is just reading books from the reading list (and in some schools it’s a hefty list!). But it might also be something more elaborate — the dreaded summer school project. So not only are many of us trying to stay focused at work,  wondering who our middle-school child is hanging out with, and worrying about whether they’re wearing sun screen, we also now have to crack the whip and get them to do school work. (more…)

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HR Professionals in India: Making a Real Impact

June 4,2013 at 9:00 am
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It is an exciting time to be a human resources professional in companies located in India.  The involvement of women in the private business sector continues to grow, as does the recognition that women will be an essential element to the productivity of the economy.  There are a number of contextual factors that underscore this truth and provide opportunities for the future.

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Listening to India’s HR Professionals

April 4,2013 at 10:00 am
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AHuman resource professionals in India are pretty similar to their American counterparts and HR professionals around the globe.  They care very much about the ability of the workforce to be successful.  And they struggle to get senior leaders to prioritize specific strategies that need to be addressed.

I have spent the last week in India, meeting with HR professionals with titles such as Manager- Employee Relations; Inclusion Lead; Chief Strategic HR, and HR Director.   They shared stories about how the fast evolving economy is creating a very competitive landscape to retain top talent.  The Mercer study highlighted that finding the skills and expertise in developing countries was a CEO imperative to meet the growing opportunities for multinational organizations.  The HR folks agree, and would add retention as equally as important.

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