Did you know that? It always puzzles me how working parenthood is such a major part of our everyday lives here in the U.S., and yet the issues affecting us aren’t given the attention they deserve. Nevertheless, Congress did make the effort to recognize October as a time to raise awareness among employers about the importance of offering their employees work-life programs that will ultimately enhance the effectiveness of the employee and the workplace.
The Alliance for Work-Life Progress is encouraging all employees to strike a balance between work and family. There are several ways that you can do this:
- Talk to your managers about a flexible work arrangement.
- Use October as a time to try telework or condense a workweek.
- Join a wellness program or organize a workplace volunteer activity.
It just so happens that my long-awaited part-time work schedule went into effect this week, during National Work and Family Month. I will be off on Mondays and teleworking on Fridays. Fortunately, my workplace offers its employees the option to create a schedule that works for them. However, I have many mom-friends who aren’t as fortunate.
In celebration of NWFM, all next week, I’ll be sharing tips for working parents that have helped me achieve the elusive “work-life balance,” but I’d love to hear from you!
Do you have a flexible work environment? How have you changed your schedule to better accommodate your family’s needs? Or are you still hesitant to take the plunge?