Striking balance with work and life is a subject that leads to endless conversations about productivity and bottom line profitability.
For years we’ve talked about work-life balance, without a lot of action or meaningful return. But today, a confluence of factors—the below-replacement level U.S. birth rate, the fact that the majority of new college graduates are women, ubiquitous mobile connectivity, and new thinking about how being truly “family friendly” is good business—are disrupting traditional nine-to-five (or more often, seven-to-whenever) corporate norms.
Lisa David, a partner at performance management and business analytics consulting firm eCapital Advisors (disclosure: client) described her challenges and approach (such as clearly identifying her “untouchables”—the aspects of her life that she considers to be a top priority) with author and speaker Sue Hawkes in this amazing podcast.
In the 21st century, we have technology allowing us to operate better. So many aspects of children’s’ lives—band concerts, games, practices, school plays, the school day—are fixed in time. Moms want to show professional dedication, but there are times when they just flat out need to be somewhere else. Wouldn’t it be great if there were excellent jobs available, across professional fields, that recognized this?
That recognition led Mary Kay Ziniewicz to start Bus Stop Mamas, an organization that connects mothers with great, and more importantly flexible, work opportunities. She wants every woman to know that motherhood is not a career threatening event (anymore:). Here’s her story.