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.
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.