Me, me, me” may have been the assumed mantra of their generation, however baby boomers are a lot more giving than once believed, particularly when it comes to family. Squeezed between obligations to the families they created and their families of origin, baby boomers are feeling the pinch of caring for both.
Emergency back-up dependent care services and on-site child care have had a moderate-to-high impact on attraction and retention of employees, according to a new WorldatWork report.
American workers lack quality options when their regular child or elder care arrangements fall through, and employers are feeling the pinch, according to a new survey from Workplace Options (WPO). The survey found that 59 percent of employees or their spouses missed three to 10 days of work in the last year because they did not have adequate care for their dependents when they needed it.
There’s a link between ethics and work/life balance? Yes, a strong one, according to a new Deloitte & Touche survey. Work/life balance, in addition to increasing a worker’s productivity, reducing absenteeism and turnover, and raising morale and company loyalty, seems to provide another perk: a workforce with strong moral principles.
The hot college admissions climate is nearing the boiling point, according to recent research (as well as educators, parents with college-bound children, and the students themselves). A variety of factors, from the increase in number of applicants to rising SAT standard scores, are keeping the race to acceptance tight.
Ideally, a working mom’s schedule runs like a well-oiled machine. Yet, a sick child can throw a wrench in regular care arrangements. What’s a working mother to do? A recent Working Mother magazine survey found that one in three working moms have sent their sick child to school or child care instead of keeping them home. And the main reason they cited was an inability to take a day off from work to care for their sick child.
American workers are learning to relax, feeling far less stressed out on the job today as compared with how they felt seven years ago. Workplace-induced stress has fallen by an unprecedented 15 percent since the year 2000, according to a recent study released by Rachelle Canter, Ph.
What is the impact on colleges and universities of not providing comprehensive child care supports? Multiple studies in recent years all point to the same conclusion: Academic institutions must become more family-friendly or risk being at a competitive disadvantage in the recruitment and retention of faculty and graduate students.
Specific concerns include:
- Underrepresentation of women among tenured faculty and senior administrators
- Loss of young academic talent ’ both men and women ’ who choose to pursue careers in private industry because of perceived opportunities for faster advancement, higher salaries, and better quality of work/life integration
- Competition to attract top undergraduate and graduate students, as well as post-doctoral fellows, who look to faculty for potential mentors and advisors
The majority of existing studies focus on faculty, with little attention to staff or student impacts.
No matter what their country of origin or racial background, virtually all working parents face the same challenge: The search for quality child care. For black families in the U.S., the common historical belief is that the family is the primary resource for child care support.
’Women are opting out of work and high-profile careers, choosing to become stay-at-home moms instead.? That’s the rhetoric reported by the media, the belief of many experts in human resources, and the lament of many working mothers.