Work/Life Policies Can Enhance the Bottom Line — Fem 2.0 Wake Up! Campaign

Mon, February 1, 2010

Democrats, Economy, Republicans

WorkLifeBalanceI think we’ve all pretty much figured out by now there is no such thing as work/life “balance.”  It would really be nice, but with the pressures of work, and trying to make sure we keep our jobs in this difficult economy, and the ever-increasing demands of our families, balance is elusive at best and non-existent at worst.

But that doesn’t mean there shouldn’t be evolving work/life policies to ease up on everyone, including paid maternity/paternity leave, paid sick leave and the ability to work more flexibly.  Why do I say that?

It’s not about being all touchy-feely and family friendly.  It’s a question of making everyone’s lives more efficient.  And when that can happen, employers make more money and employees can keep the jobs they want and need.  It’s really a question of dollars and sense.  (Sorry, I couldn’t help myself!)

But don’t take my word for it.  Last week, I hosted one of the podcasts for the Fem 2.0 Wake Up! Campaign series that’s focusing on work/life policies from a variety of angles.  My episode, entitled Creating Work/Life Policies That Benefit Everyone’s Bottom Line featured three amazing experts on the subject and we had quite a lively chat for an hour about why looking at this topic through a slightly different lens would benefit everyone, even though it might be hard to convince some employers of that in this economy.

I hope you’ll head over to the TalkShoe Radio link and have a listen, because this is a topic that is impacting all of our lives in so many ways.

When the series is over, Fem 2.0 and a variety of bloggers, including myself, will be hosting a blog carnival so you can share your work/life stories, suggestions and recommendations.  If you have any while you’re reading this, feel free to leave them in the comment section.  And, of course, don’t be afraid to join in the Blog Carnival when it kicks off during the week of February 6!

(And maybe I’ll ask if I can borrow some of your stories for the Mothers of Intention book!)

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4 Responses to “Work/Life Policies Can Enhance the Bottom Line — Fem 2.0 Wake Up! Campaign”

  1. April Says:

    Thanks for the info! I’m listening to the Work Policies & Single Women show right now. Very interesting…

  2. Colleen Says:

    One of the problems with so-called family friendly policies is that many employers implement them in ways that are friendly to one family at the expense of their co-workers families. Often when professional people take leave, their employers distribute their work among co-workers rather than bringing in a replacement. This causes those co-workers (most of whom have children) to work longer hours, and to add insult to injury, they don’t get any additional pay since they are salaried employees. I’m just curious if anyone is looking into ways to force more equitable implementation of these policies.

  3. Esther Crawford Says:

    I truly don’t know how we’d manage if it weren’t for the fact that I work full-time from home (with the help of a part-time nanny for childcare) and the fact that my husband is part of his family business. Without that kind of flexibility we would’ve ran into SO many issues because let’s face it – life happens. Now that we’re in the process of adopting 2 siblings through foster care we need that flexibility even more (for instance when we get final placement we’ll immediately take at least a week off of work)… and that would be almost impossible in the corporate world.

  4. Tonya Says:

    I just wrote a blog bit about this issue on called “Lady on Lady” Crime:
    With everything that the United States has to offer it saddens me to see that we are so far behind in how we treat and value women in the workplace. Other countries place a huge importance on family life and making sure that women, in particular, have the ability to have a career without their personal life taking such a huge hit. I believe that if all women, regardless of political affiliation, banded together we could change this here in America. We must stand up and DEMAND the respect and rights reserved for raising the future generation. I’m really looking forward to the week of February 6th and to hearin you speak at the Mom 2.0 Summit.

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