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 […]
Employees Aren’t the Enemy. So Why Are We Spying on Them?
Here are the opening paragraphs from a September Washington Post article I read: “When Kerrie Krutchik, an attorney for 34 years, was hired this spring for one of the legal field’s fastest-growing jobs, she expected to review case files at a pandemic-safe distance from the comfort of her Ohio home. “Then she received a laptop […]
So What Will It Be, Employers?
U.S. companies have entered that awkward stage. Like young teenagers with a crush, they look uncertainly across the room and wonder what their next move should be. Insist employees come back to the office? Tell them their office days are over? Mandate some days on, some days off? Leave it up to individuals or teams? […]
First it was Bring Your Child to Work Day. And Now This…
Last spring, when Take Your Child to Work Day rolled around, it seemed like a cosmic joke: so many millions of people were wishing they could just kick their kids out of their (home) workplace, for once! Few, I suspect, thought we’d be awash in the same dark irony six months later, but there it […]
Why This Remote Work Is Different From All Other Remote Work
One enormous, if tangential, effect of the COVID-19 pandemic has been businesses’ wholesale embrace of remote work. Perhaps embrace is the wrong word—most of the many thousands of organizations that have sent their employees home have had little choice in the matter. But even for those for whom at least a portion of their workforce […]
Here’s What the Best Law Firms Do for Women
What makes a great firm for women lawyers? That’s the question Working Mother asks each year in its 60 Best Law Firms for Women recognition. Over the years, the media company has introduced a growing number of “best company” lists: 100 Best Companies, Top Companies for Women, Best Companies for Multicultural Women, Best Companies for […]