As the media busies itself with story after story about who is returning to the office, who still working from home, and who leaving the workforce altogether, another story is quietly developing—a story that has the capacity to upend the way we think about work. I’m talking about the four-day workweek. An idea that seems […]
Know Which Employers Are Most Supportive of Aging Workers? Neither Do I!
Isn’t it time for a “best employers” list that puts older workers front and center? Think about it. There are lists of best companies for women, for millennials, for supporting diversity. For people with disabilities, for dads, for parents generally. So where is the list for employees who are nearing the end of their careers—or […]
What Makes a Company One of the “Best”?
Every year, I work with companies to help them tell their stories on the Working Mother 100 Best Companies application, among others. Although I have been steeped in the work-life field for nearly all my professional life, I am still frequently surprised and impressed by the smart ways my clients find to support their employees […]
Why Charisma’s Not Enough
To say that this election season is unusual is beyond understatement. Nonetheless, it looks likely to end like every other U.S. presidential election in the last 200-plus years: with a new president-elect, who will be duly sworn in come January. Even another strikingly unusual (in a completely different way) election, that of George W. Bush […]
What IS “Family-Friendly,” Anyway?
It’s National Work and Family Month, and I’ve been thinking: What does it mean for a workplace to be “family friendly”? Actually, since one of my regular gigs as an “employer-of-choice” writer and consultant is helping companies with their applications for “best workplace” lists, this question arises a lot. I find it fascinating how differently it can be interpreted […]
Surfin’ the Work Wide Web
As many of my readers know, one of my areas of expertise is helping companies navigate the thickets of “great place to work list” applications. These applications happen at specific times of the year, with specific due dates, providing me with certain seasons that are busier than Christmas at the North Pole. This is one […]