Europe’s population is shrinking, giving rise to programs that encourage families to have more children and prevent further drops in fertility rates. For a country to maintain a constant population, a fertility rate of 2.1 children must be born per woman. However, many countries are experiencing much lower birth rates.
Creating a family-friendly workplace isn’t just an act of kindness. Supporting working families, particularly in a law firm, can affect the organization’s ability to attract and retain top performers.
At 3 o’clock, millions of working parents are very concerned where their kids are, what they’re doing, and with whom. They’re so worried that they have trouble focusing on work, resulting in a significant loss in productivity.
Thursday may be the new Friday, at least for thousands of government workers in Utah and many workers in other localities. Utah’s Governor John Huntsman recently mandated that most nonemergency state personnel in Utah will switch from a five-day, eight-hour week to a four-day, 10-hour week, taking Fridays off.
New mothers, full of excitement, worry, anticipation, and joy, are also struggling, revealed a new study from Childbirth Connection. Among a multitude of insights, from physical and emotional problems to experiences with breastfeeding to lack of support from their spouses, the study showed that some new mothers are unsatisfied with their amount of maternity leave, ability to find child care, and overall support from their employer as a new mother.
Fewer than 8 percent of modern professional working mothers have left their work for a year or more during their prime childbearing years, and 38 percent of Generation X mothers are working full time. The ’Opting Out Revolution? that promised the number of stay-at-home mothers was rapidly increasing is a myth, according to new research.
You wrestle with being a key contributor at work, a loving member of your family, a compassionate member of your community, and gentle with yourself, allowing moments that are just for you. Yet, you perpetually feel that you fall short of your goals and wonder if it’s possible to live a balanced life.
Organizations around the world experiment with the right solution to employee engagement ’ finding the right mix of work/life strategies and policies, stirring in diversity awareness, and topping it off with benefits packages they hope will make their organization just right. The Ken Blanchard Company offers an expanded solution, a concoction for employee passion sure to satisfy the most discerning management teams.
New research out of the UK about overworked families was recently released by the Working Families campaign. Survey respondents reported that work dominated their lives and family life suffered as a result.
The study also found that the majority of parents feel responsible for improving their own work/life balance. 41 percent of respondents feel that finding another job with an employer that supports work/life is the solution; and 88 percent of respondents believe that an employer should have some responsibility in promoting and helping employees achieve healthy work/life balance.
Headlines in major newspapers and popular magazines alike proclaim that ’50 is the new 40.? In addition, the fastest-growing age group in the workforce is between 55 and 64. American workers are living longer and taking their time to retire. According to the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), by the year 2050, 19 percent of employees in the workforce will be age 55 and older.