Creating family-friendly workplaces
Your family matters to you. But sometimes you wish your workplace understood that!
The good news is, there's hope. This site is dedicated to helping working parents find ways to spend more time with their families. Whether that means asking for parental leave, a more flexible schedule, or simply fair treatment, you have options.
At familyfriendlywork.org, you can connect with other working women and read about work/family issues. You can learn how to ask for what you need so you can feel less stressed and your family can be happier, too.
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Family is important. If we believe that family matters, what do we do when our work becomes incompatible with our values?
It's simple. We put our work where our mouths are.
Whether you're just starting out or ready to retire, raising young kids or dealing with teens, staying at home or working full-time, work and family issues affect you. These three hypothetical women deal with work-family conflict at every stage of life.
Throughout this site, you'll find colored squares like these ■ ■ ■ that match possible solutions to the work-related problems of these women. Then, once you read about work-family solutions, you can read the rest of these women's stories here, read real women's stories here, and find out how to make a difference in your life, the workplace, and the world.
_ Nursing student Stacey, 29, hates debt. After watching her friends graduate with thousands of dollars of student loans, she vowed she’d never put herself through that kind of financial stress. So she took the long route through school. She got married young and finished enough school before her first child was born to get a job as an LPN. Then she put her husband through school. Once he graduated, she decided it was time to go back to school. Now she has an 18-month-old daughter, a full-time work schedule, a full-time job, and she’s pregnant again…
..read the rest of Stacey's story here.
_ Heather feels pretty proud of all she’s accomplished as a single mom. She’s got one teenage boy and a preteen girl. The kids do really well in school and they have lots of friends. Heather went back to school on a single mother scholarship several years ago and now she’s working in the human resources department for a medical research company. She likes her job, but she worries about her kids. She knows the neighbors are looking out for them, but still, she’d like to be home in the afternoons….
...read the rest of Heather's story here.
_ Kathy’s mom is getting up in years. Five years ago, Kathy went back to work as a real estate agent, when the real estate market was skyrocketing. She used much of what she earned to help pay for her children’s mission and school expenses. She’s not bringing in nearly as much as she used to now. Sometimes Kathy thinks having more time on her hands might be a blessing in disguise, since it’s so much easier to take her mom to her doctor appointments. Except her mom’s medical expenses are eating up more than she can afford…
... read the rest of Kathy's story here.
I'm a mom to three kids who believes that families, not work, should come first. That's why I'm working to help parents create family-friendly workplaces.