When Bob Chapman, CEO, talks about the impact that organizations have on their people, he gets emotional: "The person you report to at work can be more important to your health than your family doctor. We want to send people home safe, healthy, and fulfilled-all three dimensions." Employers are in a unique position to be a good influence on health and general well-being. After all, working people spend more of their waking time on the job than anywhere else.
In the past 10 years, the share of U.S. adults living without a spouse or partner has climbed to 42%, up from 39% in 2007, when the Census Bureau began collecting detailed data on cohabitation.
Two important demographic trends have influenced this phenomenon. The share of adults who are
married has fallen
, while the share
living with a romantic partner
As conventional wisdom goes, the need for paid parental leave is a polarizing an issue in the US. It's the best way to explain why
the US is the only developed nation in the world
that doesn't have it. But according to new research, most Americans actually agree that workers should get paid time off to take care of a new baby.
Even when they're not looking for such expansive benefits, women in the U.S. leave the workforce in droves when they have children - about 43 percent of mothers will leave or take a career break at some point. That so-called "care penalty" hinders women's careers and causes employers to lose valuable staff, said Nancy Jensen, who runs
, a program to help women re-enter the workforce.
The conclusion I've drawn from years of research and experience: Professionally ambitious women really only have two options when it comes to their personal partners - a super-supportive partner or no partner at all. This is the reality of the half-baked transition we are in when it comes to women in the workplace. The 20th century saw the rise of women. The 21st century will see the adaptation (or not) of men to the consequences of that rise.
Most studies show one reason why knowledge workers with flexible schedules are more productive is because they actually put in longer hours than those with strict schedules. Turns out that flexible work can actually bring out some of the worst in human behavior. In other words, we humans, when left to our own devices, tend to be too flawed in our decision-making prowess to make the most of flexible work.