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It’s wonderful that women are equally (if not more) educated than their male counterparts and can compete and succeed in almost any career. But our work environment and culture has not evolved to accommodate, support and fully leverage these 21st century advancements.
With 70% of American children growing up in households where all adults work, our work lives are now in direct conflict with our personal lives. We have women “working as if they don’t have families and taking care of families like they don’t have jobs”. Report after report shows this is leading to sickness and depression, and is taking a significant toll on marriages and families.
The good news is there are models starting to gain favor that are working well for both families AND companies. And importantly, women (and men) are beginning to advocate for what they need.
What we need:
- More fathers to share the work of raising a family (which means, for many men, working less).
- Employers to offer options like telecommuting, flexible scheduling and better part-time jobs to protect all workers from burning out.
- Better government policies: things like paid sick leave and paid parental leave, something every developed country in the world except the U.S. offers its citizens.
- To stop making mothers choose between financial stability and their own health.
10 Things You Can Do Now:
- Practice saying “No”
- Advocate for yourself at home – demand a little more equality in the household duties with the hubby
- Advocate for yourself at work – request a flexible schedule or work a day from home; look for organizations that follow the ROWE principle (Results Oriented Work Ethic)
- Vote with your feet.
- Be the trailblazer – push for new work models and rally for other women
- Find ways to bring men into the conversation – men need to play a bigger role and often they are ready and willing to do so – all we have to do is ask!
- Set boundaries (so others can too)
- Be the messenger – post flex job opportunities on Maybrooks.com.
- Change the conversation – bring the discussion to your friends and peers so we can work together on this!
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