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.
Coughing, sniffy, sneezing, and ignoring doctor’s orders, hundreds of workers come to work sick, much to the chagrin of coworkers. The practice is known as “presenteeism,” and not only does it hamper company morale, studies show that it also afflicts an organization’s health care costs.
Over the past four decades, women have been pouring into the workforce in unprecedented numbers. However, these working mothers are spending just as much time with their children as mothers did 40 years ago, and in many cases more, according to 16 years of research by the U.
The majority of America’s working families have suffered a steady erosion of their wages and persistent difficulties balancing work and family responsibilities, according to research by Thomas Kochan, co-director of the MIT Workplace Center and the MIT Institute for Work and Employment Research. In Regaining Control of Our Destiny: A Working Families’ Agenda for America, he argues that employers as well as the government should make drastic changes to close the gap between high- and low-wage earners and better position future generations for success.
The new workforce has arrived. The tried-and-true formulas for eager workers and organizational success went out with the last millennium. You need fresh ideas that can give your company a competitive edge. There’s good news: A few of your peers have had a heads up and have developed compelling strategies to better position their companies as employers of choice.
A three-year study about women’s mobility into the higher ranks of government, civil service, and commerce was recently funded by the Equal Opportunities Commission and the European Social Fund. The research was conducted through the Sheffield Hallam University in the UK.
Just a few years ago, a new hire’s benefits package may have included a flashy company car, extravagant sign-on bonuses, and gourmet lunches. Today, companies are zeroing in on more practical offerings to attract top talent, benefits that recognize their employees’ need to balance work and life, according to a study from JobKite.
If your organization is one that prides itself on social consciousness and responsibility, make sure taking care of your employees is a top priority as well. A new survey from the National Consumers League and Fleischman-Hilliard International Communications revealed that American consumers put a great deal of stock in how corporations treat their own.
In your quest to become an employer of choice, you likely seek the inside scoop on the competition. The Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) annual Benefits Survey, which was recently released, provides a behind-the-scenes look into what benefits employers of varying sizes offer their employees.