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The Ones Left Behind
Guest Blogger: Jessica Burrus, WLCP - Work-Life Project Liaison, WorldatWork
April 13, 2009 — It seems you can’t go anywhere these days without hearing something about the economy.  It’s on the TV, the radio, and in the newspapers.  More often than not, the news is not good.

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Aspirations Revisited Five Years Later
April 7, 2009 — The much-awaited first report from the Families and Work Institute’s (FWI) 2008 National Study of the Changing Workforce (NSCW) was released last week.  This unique study is administered every five years to a nationally represented sample of the American workforce.

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The Navy and Work-Life Balance
Guest Blogger: Jessica Burrus, WLCP - Work-Life Project Liaison, WorldatWork
April 3, 2009 — I’ve been in the work-life field for two and a half years now and one thing I haven’t heard much of is work-life programs within the U.S. military.

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The News of Our Demise is Much Exaggerated
March 30, 2009 — There has been a noticeable uptick in media calls recently pursuing the notion that work-life must be in its death throes during this recession, or at least...More>>

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To return, or not to return: that is the question
Guest Blogger: Jessica Burrus, WLCP - Work-Life Project Liaison, WorldatWork
March 25, 2009 — Not only is this my first week back from maternity leave, but this is my very first blog and as the Work-Life Project Liaison here at WorldatWork I thought I would start off my new year with blogging.  You may be thinking, “…but isn’t it March?” and you would be correct, but for me this is my first week at work in 2009.  On December 5th of 2008 I was lucky enough to give birth to a beautiful little girl, Madison Starr Burrus.  I was also lucky enough to take the twelve weeks of leave with my job protected by Family Medical Leave Act or FMLA. More>>

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Help When We Need It the Most!
Guest Blogger: Jessica Burrus, WLCP - Work-Life Project Liaison, WorldatWork
March 17, 2009 — In today’s economy we are all scrambling to save a dime, or even a penny.  The cost of groceries has gone up, gasoline prices have gone up, as has just about everything else we depend on in our every day lives.  These are clearly essentials in most cases, but many of us don’t think about one of the most essential components of maintaining our well being and sanity during this economic downturn...More>>

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Is It True That Boys Just Want To Have Fun?
March 13, 2009 — There is an interesting article ("Unveiling Gendered Assumptions in the Organizational Implementation”) by Melanie Hulbert of Work-Life Policies in the current issue of the WorldatWork Journal that explores the unintended consequences of the unspoken but deeply rooted gender bias that organizational leaders...More>>

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AWLP Rising Stars Rock the Wall Street Journal!
Feb. 26, 2009 —Three AWLP Rising Stars shared expert advice in a Wall Street Journal article dated February 24, 2009. The article, “What to Do When You’re About to Take a Leave” by Sarah Needleman, quoted...More>>

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A Tip for Employers: Support Now Wins Loyalty in the Future
Guest blogger: Ellen Galinsky, President of the Families and Work Institute
Feb. 19, 2009 — I was at the same time cheered and chagrined to read an article in the New York Times Sports Section last month (January 24) about WNBA star Candace Parker’s effort to balance career and family. More>>

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A Comprehensive Resource of the "Best" Family-Friendly Employers
Feb. 5, 2009 — Looking for best practices on how forward-thinking organizations are designing and delivering family-friendly initiatives? Not sure how to get started or where to begin? More>>

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Lilly Ledbetter and Other Household Names
Jan. 30, 2009 — “This is a wonderful day” President Obama said by way of introduction to the signing of his first bill on Thursday morning, the Fair Pay Restoration Act. He introduced Lilly Ledbetter, who entered the room at his side. More>>

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Timeshare, Anyone?
Jan. 28, 2009 — Now that we have catapulted into a new year and a new Administration, the mood seems to be cautiously hopeful. Hopeful, because we are all fervently wishing that things will get better sometime soon. Cautious, because we suspect they won’t. Hope, after all, is not a strategy. More>>

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Let's Hear It for V-Time: Yet Another Flexible Work Arrangement
Dec. 23, 2008 — These turbulent financial times continue to take a number of fascinating twists with regard to work-life practice. After absorbing the news that more and more companies are abruptly terminating the practice of matching employees’ 401(k) contributions...  More>>

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Singles Have Lives, Too
Dec. 23, 2008 — A friend just shared with me her outrage over Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell’s initial reaction to the news of Janet Napolitano’s appointment to head the Department of Homeland Security...  More>>

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If You Want a Life, Act Like You Mean It
Dec. 3, 2008 — I was interviewed by Kyra Cavanaugh for an article that recently appeared on her LifemeetsWork Web site. Since the issue of self-accountability seems to have resonated with some of you who have taken the time to respond to this essay, I’m recapping it here. Please feel free to jump into the fray...  More>>

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Tribute to Arlene Johnson
Dec. 1, 2008 — On Nov. 10th, Arlene Johnson was celebrated at a gala dinner that Lori Sokol hosted at Club 101 in Manhattan. One of the brightest stars in the work-life constellation, Arlene’s career is so noteworthy...  More>>

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Not Since the Sixties
Nov. 12, 2008 — I had the good fortune to be in Washington, D.C. on Election Day, hosting the winter meeting of the Strategy Board of the Alliance for Work-Life Progress at WorldatWork. More>>

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Madonna of the Towpath
Nov. 4, 2008 — The fifth anniversary of my move from New Jersey to Arizona is fast approaching. I love Arizona for a growing list of reasons. It is one of the most beautiful and varied places to live I’ve ever imagined. The sheer geological drama never ceases... More>>

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Both Presidential Candidates Have a Work-Life Plan of Action
October 13, 2008 — For the first time in history, both contenders for the American presidency have published statements that outline their respective positions on work-life issues. Activity on this front actually began a long time ago, when Hillary Clinton was competing for the Democratic nomination. More>>

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It’s Time to Celebrate! Really!!
Oct. 10, 2008 — OK, so you’re thinking who am I to interrupt the unending string of bad news washing over everyone and everything these days. I do have to confess I, too, am feeling the threshold angst they keep talking about on TV that seems to have gripped all of us. I wake up with my stomach seized in a knot and have to devote more attention than usual to my “greeting the day” routine: a variable combination of exercise, meditation and breakfast outside, gazing at the McDowell Mountains that surround me until my sense of perspective about my relative place in the universe snaps back into line.  More>>

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Generational diversity: Is it more talk than action?
Guest Blogger: Leonard Sanicola, CCP, CBP, GRP, CEBS, SPHR, WorldatWork
Sept. 18, 2008 — Well, there certainly is a lot of buzz these days about the different generations in the workplace. There doesn’t seem to be a day that goes by that I don’t read an article or view a research study that focuses on generational diversity in the workplace.  More>>

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Read, Apply, Nominate, Get Involved
Sept. 3, 2008 — As you may have heard, Alliance for Work-Life Progress has started a virtual book club as a complimentary platform to bring work-life and total rewards professionals together to discuss a selected publication. Our first discussion will take place Oct. 15 on Stewart Friedman’s... More>>

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Is it Flexibility?
Guest Blogger: Marilyn Kraut, University of Pennsylvania
Aug. 22, 2008 — There is much media coverage lately about four-day workweeks representing the new flexible workplace. But when an organization moves to a four-day workweek schedule More>>

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Who is Gen Y?
Guest Blogger: Cindy Sutherland, Abbott Technologies

Aug. 19, 2008 — I’ll start by saying that I’m an early Baby Boomer, and I’m wondering what really makes Gen Y tick, especially as they move into the workplace, ready to make their unique contributions.  More>>

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Voters Take Heed! Here is the Long-Awaited Best of Congress!
Aug. 12, 2008 — No sooner had I received my official copy of the press release last night, when I picked up the August/September issue of Working Mother magazine at my dentist’s office early this morning, and there it is in pictures... More>>

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The Inconvenient Truth About Sexism
PART TWO
Aug. 8, 2008 — So, what’s the connection between the discrimination against women going on at my local country club (and, potentially, one near you) and the practice of work-life in corporations today? More than any of us will be comfortable with, I’m afraid... More>>

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Sexism Begins at Home – Mine, for Starters
PART ONE
July 21, 2008 — During all the debate about the influence of sexism on the national political scene, I was harboring a complacent notion that this is a distant malady, something nasty that afflicts other people in other places... More>>

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Customizing Rewards in a Multigenerational Workforce
Guest Blogger: Courtney Sherwin, CCP, CBP, MA, PHR, HealthONE

July 17, 2008 — Better retention, lower absenteeism, improved recruitment and higher productivity may result from implementing total rewards programs targeted specifically for each generation. For the first time ever, four generations of employees are in the workforce — Traditionalists, Baby Boomers, Generation X and Generation Y. In order to foster an environment of employee satisfaction...More>>

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Contemporary Themes From the "Wickedest City" in Arizona's History
July 2, 2008 — OK. Now that I have your attention, it’s not Tombstone I’m referring to, nor Prescott, from where all the prostitutes were recruited when the first brothel opened on Nov. 27, 1879. No, I’m talking about Jerome, AZ, a mining town of 15,000 inhabitants that was the fifth largest city in the state during its prime, 100 years ago. Perched precariously at 5,000 feet on a steep mountainside from which you can see across the Verde Valley to the red rock cliffs of Sedona over 30 miles away, pieces of Jerome have been sliding downhill for a very long time. More>>

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The Good News about the High Gas Prices
Guest Blogger: Alyssa Newton, Director of Benefits — R.H. Donnelley
June 25, 2008 — Every day I read another news article that talks about the need for employers to offer flexible work schedules and telecommuting. With gas prices skyrocketing, employees and employers are realizing that it is costing too much to commute to work five days per week. Employers cannot afford to provide pay raises to keep pace with the increased gas prices. After all, increased gas prices impact the bottom line of many companies as well as the bottom line for employees.... More>>

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Every Father Has His Day – Maybe Even a Life
June 17, 2008 — Lisa Belkin is back, just in time for Father’s Day. True to the provocative style we have come to expect, her article does not stay safely confined to the 10 pages it occupies within the June 15 Sunday New York Times Magazine. She ambushes the reader on the cover, so there is no chance for anyone to escape the question she throws down like a gauntlet: “Will Dad Ever Do His Share?” More>>

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Distracted?  Then Don’t Miss Maggie Jackson’s Webinar!
June 10, 2008 — For all of you who are fans of Maggie Jackson’s Balancing Acts column in the Sunday Boston Globe, or read her first book, or heard her speech that so eloquently closed the Conference Board/Families and Work Institute Work-Life conference in Atlanta a few months ago, her new book...More>>

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The First “Blended” Conference
May 29, 2008 — It will be weeks before survey results are in, so in the hiatus before science raises its authoritative voice, here are my own, subjective observations about this first “blended” Total Rewards conference. “Blended” refers to... More>>

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The Impact of Culture on Generational Differences: One Perspective
Guest Blogger: Kristine Jordahl - Buffets, Inc.
May 22, 2008 — I have always been fascinated with the study of “generational balance” in the workplace. One of the things that I have found with this topic is that much of the information I have seen has focused on how employers are managing or need to manage the differing needs of those employees that make up the Baby Boomers, Generation X, Generation Y, etc. As a long-term benefits practitioner, I find myself with the same mind-set. However, it took a recent trip overseas... More>>

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Hot Off The Press! New Workplace Flexibility Tool
May 20, 2008 — It’s finally here, after an eight-month gestation. Workplace Flexibility: Innovation in Action is the first phase of a new flexibility implementation tool. This novel publication is designed to be highly actionable, even...More>> 

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Please Welcome the Latest WorldatWork Blog
May 15, 2008 — Blogs are proliferating around here like someone’s variable pay depends on them.  Please let me introduce the newest arrival, Compensation Conundrum, launched earlier this week by my colleagues JC Kovac and Jim Stoeckmann.  JC has asked me to give them a plug, so here I am, in case you’ve missed their first entry...More>>

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The Even BIGGER Gasoline Problem
May 12, 2008 — Last night while watching a news report about how the airlines are struggling with fuel costs, I was overtaken by a bone-chilling concern that had never occurred to me before. What sort of alternative fuel is being developed for commercial aircraft?...More>>

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Different Strokes for Different Folks: Total Rewards Strategy Across Generations
Guest Blogger: Jeanetta Darno, Nationwide Insurance
April 17, 2008 — During my participation last week in a WorldatWork webinar on Multigenerational issues, Generational Differences in the Workplace - What's An Employer to Do? , I was challenged by a listener who suggested that it might be more useful to focus on similarities between the generations instead of differences. ... More>>

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Rebel Dads Are On the Rise
April 3, 2008 — The number of stay-at-home dads has increased 60% over the past four years. Approximately one quarter of working women today make more money than their husbands/partners ... More>>


MKG MNY and LVG LIF
March 25, 2008 — Not long ago on my short drive to work, I alerted to the message on the license plate of the black Chevy Suburban in front of me, which proudly declared what I quickly surmised to be a primary value of the driver, “MKG MNY.”... More>>

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Phased Retirement As A Retention Tool
March 17, 2008 — Jim Dwyer of American Express shared some issues last month that his organization considered in planning a phased retirement program.  I would like to build on the valuable foundation Jim has provided by... More>>

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Engagement and Nostalgia in Atlanta
March 10, 2008 — For the first time, I find myself examining the popular assumption that there are too many work-life conferences. Let me explain... More>>


To Phase or Not to Phase?: That is the Question!
Guest Blogger: James Dwyer - American Express Company

Feb. 20, 2008 — Like many other compensation, benefits and work-life professionals, we wrestled with the design, logistics and ROI of a "phased retirement" program, whereby mature workers within the company could... More>>


How Green is Your Conference?
Feb. 6, 2008 — I have seen the “Ghost of Conference Future” and it is excruciatingly clean and green. The world’s second largest human resources conference took place in Toronto last week... More>>

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About the Blogger: Kathleen "Kathie" M. Lingle, WLCP, leads Alliance for Work-Life Progress (AWLP), the WorldatWork global network for work-life professionals. She is recognized around the world as a leader among work-life professionals and is a 2007 recipient of the Families and Work Institute Work-Life Legacy Award.

Lingle is a member of the Conference Board's Work-Life Leadership Council, for which she served as co-chair for several years. She is on the executive committee for Work-Life and Women's Initiatives of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). She serves on the AWLP Strategy Board and has been a member of the steering committee of the Boston College Work and Family Roundtable.

Lingle has also served as National Work-Life Director at KPMG LLP where she had primary responsibility for creating and implementing workplace strategies that support the work-life effectiveness of KPMG's 18,000 U.S. employees. She was the primary architect of KPMG's historic Work Environment Initiative, a multi-year culture change initiative that continues to this day. She was a successful management consultant for Watson Wyatt and director of Work-Life Training at the Families and Work Institute (FWI) in New York. While at FWI, Lingle oversaw a three-year evaluation study of Johnson & Johnson's groundbreaking work-family initiative.


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