January 2019
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Reflections on Work & Life
Learning simplicity from an immigrant, a recovering addict and a poet
Brad Harrington, Executive Director
At 63 years old, I’ve been craving a simpler lifestyle for a long time now. Decades ago, after speaking with a German colleague who described his somewhat minimalist existence, I became fascinated with the idea of living more intentionally. Soon after, I encountered the concept of  Voluntary Simplicity  and realized what my friend described had a name and a movement behind it. I've read and thought about this lifestyle with more than passing interest for years, but as is the problem with most people’s simple lives – things got in the way. I resolved to make a simplified life less an academic interest and more a lifestyle in 2019. And in beginning that process, an immigrant, a recovering addict, and a poet have provided me with some excellent lessons.
BCCWF 2019 Happenings
We are busy planning our Spring 2019 BC Workforce Roundtable Meeting in April, and our BC Work & Family Association Meeting in May. Stay tuned for more information.
If you were not able to join our recent webinar on Engaging older workers in a multi-generational workforce , you can view it here . Thank you to Susan Weinstock, VP Financial Resilience Program at AARP for a great session!
BCCWF in the News
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It's Time to Make Paternity Leave Work MIT Sloan Management Review
Some working parents are already reallocating their time, stepping back from full-time work to be primary caregivers. In most families, this remains a mother’s choice more than a father’s. This is a missed opportunity for dads. Studies of fathers who adjusted their work-life balance to be present more often show that they enjoy their parenting role: Dads who are caregivers create stronger bonds with their children and, in the process, more stable relationships with their partners.

Mental illness has been a long-avoided topic in the workplace. But as rates of suicide, substance abuse, anxiety and depression increase, more employers are making these issues a top priority. In fact, 57 percent of employers plan to increase their focus on mental and behavioral health to a great or “very great extent” over the next three years, according to a recent survey by Willis Towers Watson.

Many employers claim to be all-in when it comes to supporting employees who provide care for aging or ailing family members. Now, a boost from digital technology is poised to give those workers even more support. One survey of employers, for instance, found nearly nine in 10 were interested in providing digital caregiving-support tools and services to employees. 

As flexibility in the workplace increasingly becomes the most sought-after work arrangement, we see companies scrambling to put a flexibility policy on the books. What ends up happening in the fluid workplace, though, is that workers have more autonomy, which ends up complicating management. After all, how do you manage a team when you don’t know exactly where they are?

Parenthood in the United States has become much more demanding than it used to be. Over just a couple of generations, parents have greatly increased the amount of time, attention and money they put into raising children. Mothers who juggle jobs outside the home spend just as much time tending their children as stay-at-home mothers did in the 1970s.

Debt, uncertain work, unrealistic expectations — are millennials turning into the burnout generation? Listen to this OnPoint segment which aired on January 14.