Not too long ago, stopping at service stations to check voicemail was common and using hardbound encyclopedias instead of the limitless Internet to conduct topical research was normal.? Our car radios didn’t connect to satellites and none of us had mobile e-mail.
I did a double-take.? The title of the article was ’Why an iPhone Could Actually Be Good for Your 3-Year-Old.?? I really had to look again.
In the Boston Globe Magazine this past weekend, Neil Swidey made a case for why these little tots should have the device as well as the ’apps? that go with it:
- They are naturally attracted to the iPhone or most other gadgets that have interesting buttons.
My daily commute has been averaging an hour and 45 minutes with many longer days in the 2+ hour range each way.? Yuck!? Most days I can manage my car time fairly well, although recently it has become much, much more difficult.
Have you seen the recently released Shriver Report: ?A Women’s Nation Changes Everything? It explores women’s contribution in the workplace and the lagging societal response. The report has a collection of chapters written by thought leaders in the field of work/life, women’s health, immigration, education, spirituality, the media, and economics to name a few.
I love seeing people happy at work.? You see it in all kinds of places.? Watch some of the chefs on television.
Working for an organization that’s made Working Mother magazine’s 100 Best Companies list has considerable cache with senior management.? First of all, the positive publicity and family-friendly branding that comes with this recognition supports external recruitment and positioning as well as builds internal morale of employees.
One work-related consequence of the global economic crisis is that employees are feeling more stretched.? With fewer resources and the same or more work, productivity gains are being made, but at what long-term cost’ While expressions of displeasure may have temporarily given way to a general contentment with people who are happy to be working, I am not sure that this?good will?is sustainable and organizations that think it will be are missing a few key points.
Well it is National Work & Family Month by an act of Congress! Even though the economy is still limping along, companies can take a moment to recognize the intersection of work and family and note how that intersection can be a source of energy for an employee’s overall well-being.
I attended a meeting today and the leader asked us to recall a happy moment of play from childhood.? (We’re all in the early childhood field, so this is a perfectly relevant business topic!) The 15 members of the group were from two countries and covered an age range from 30s to 60s, but the answers were quite universal.
One of my colleagues shared the following link.? It is presented as a ’work /life balance calculator? from a CNN money article.? It has obvious limitations but as a fun tool, does it work? You be the judge!