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Friday
Apr022010

Executive Momorandum: Getting Flexible

So many of us struggle to find time for both work AND life, juggling to try to fit our round work selves into square work environments.  At the end of the day, more flexibility with our jobs would go a long way to solve the problem.  This week’s Forum on Workplace Flexibility, convened by the White House offers a glimmer of hope. The following Executive Momorandum from Executive Moms covers some of the highlights.  

One of the biggest events inside the Beltway this week would have been unimaginable just a few years ago.  This week, the White House convened a Forum on Workplace Flexibility.  We didn't attend (because, well, we were WORKing), but through the extensive coverage and streamed content, we thought we can excerpt for you some of the best nuggets we've heard, on the topic that you yourselves told us years ago was most pressing for you as an Executive Mom.  (It turns out women, people under 40, and those classified as "high-performers" all put issues with work flexibility as the #1 reason they would leave a company).

Soundbites and Highlights from the White House Forum on Workplace Flexibility

Hosted by President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and the White House Council on Women and Girls, this first-time forum was focused on the importance of "creating workplace practices that allow America’s working men and women to meet the demands of their jobs without sacrificing the needs of their families."  President Obama in fact described most American families today as "juggler families," where life is a series of "high wire acts" (sound familiar)?

Importantly, one of the key themes was that this is everyone's issue.  In the words of President Obama: "Workplace flexibility isn’t just a women’s issue.  It’s an issue that affects the well-being of our families and the success of our businesses.  It affects the strength of our economy." READ MORE at EXECUTIVE MOMS

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