In 1992 I moved to New York, got married, and starting working in the media department (ok, as the media department) for Families and Work Institute. Families and Work, which recently folded, was a research institute, not an advocacy group, but at the time we were a small, passionate, unabashedly liberal staff. So I well […]
What Makes an Employer One of “The Best”?
Every year, I work with organizations to help them tell their stories on the “Working Mother 100 Best Companies” application. 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 and create cultures […]
The 2017 Working Mother WorkBeyond Summit: Some Takeaways
Last week I attended the annual conference celebrating companies listed on Working Mother’s 100 Best Companies list. Rebranded as the WorkBeyond Summit, the event once again showcased an assortment of interesting research and best practices. Here are a few of my takeaways: Even as Paid Parental Leave Remains Elusive, Some Policies Embrace Everything From Dads […]
Here’s What You Can Do To Improve Your Business—and the World
An opinion piece in The New York Times a few weeks ago really jolted me. I’ve had my head buried in “best company” applications all summer—helping clients put together strong submissions for the Fortune 100 Best Companies list. It’s time-consuming work, which is why I haven’t managed to post a blog in months. Heck, I’ve […]
Next Year’s Father’s Day Gift? How About Paternity Leave?
Father’s Day may have come and gone, but the question of working fathers remains as intractable as ever. This once invisible group (“working father” was pretty much redundant 50 years ago) is now the stuff of cute commercials and rom-coms, but there remains a tremendous disconnect between what we say, as a society, and what […]
Happy 2017! Here’s What U.S. Employees Still Need
Happy New Year, everyone! Back at Thanksgiving, I wrote a post about work-life-related progress in 2016. This week, like many of us, I’m thinking ahead. I’m not much of a believer in New Year’s resolutions, and, in any case, the kinds of things I’m thinking about aren’t in my (sole) power to bring about, so […]