If you were the boss of the world m...

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Registered: 03-27-2003
If you were the boss of the world m...
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Sun, 04-06-2003 - 9:54pm
What would be your definition of family friendly policies in the workplace? What do you want to see enacted? What can you not afford if you are a manager? I think it would be really interesting to see the different perspectives on this.
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Registered: 03-26-2003
Sun, 04-06-2003 - 10:30pm
I don't know. I don't think there can be any *standard definitions* of family friendly. Each employer has to weigh the needs of his employees against the needs of his customers. And its likely the two will clash.

I don't think any employer should be expected to make allowances for families. It shouldn't be a requirement. I think any employer that doesn't is stupid, because happy moms and dads make happy employees. And happy employees are statistically proven to be better employees. Any employer should have enough sense to make his workplace *employee friendly* enough that he can recruit and maintain high quality employees. {Hey, I like that term .... employee friendly. That's a much better term, IMO, than family friendly.) However, he also has to have enough sense to not let those allowances negatively affect his end product or clients or customers. There has to be a balance between the two.

IMO, if a workplace isn't family friendly, then family oriented employees shouldn't take jobs there. There are enough people in the world that don't care about family friendly to take those jobs. And if there aren't? Well, the employer will soon enough learn his lesson about the value of being family friendly. But, I still think its not the employer's job to protect the importance of the family; its the employee's. Want a job that's flexible enough that you can take Billy to soccer practice every day at 4:30 pm? Then find one that is. Don't expect your employer to change his ways for you. Want a job that doesn't require overtime? Find one. Don't expect your employer to change policy for you.

Anyhoo, that's my two cents ... rambling though it may be.

Hollie, who couldn't really find the right words to say how she feels here without writing for 2 hours. lol

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Sun, 04-06-2003 - 10:55pm
I think that the words you found were just right and agree with what you said.

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Sun, 04-06-2003 - 11:39pm
If I were boss of the world?

I might start with changing some of the immigration laws that inhibit trained nannies from entering on work visas, but encourage untrained au pairs.

I would mandate national databases that must be checked when hiring day care employees in centers.

I would changes the way we - as a society - value all "nurturing" or service roles, including teachers, health care workes, public servants, etc.

I would change many of the incredibly prohibitive laws that don't allow state liscensed home daycare providers to discuss or publish their rates. I would encourage and set up programs and networks for all that have chosen this field.

I would not mandate, so much as I would strongly encourage and incentivize, a level of education for day care employees and owners.

I would give honest consideration to plans in which SAHP can bank ss credit, use some of their spouses while they are at home or other proposals that seem to drift aimlessly out there.

I would cap public university tuition.

I would fix the public schools.


As a manager in a company - I don't think that there is much I could do. As an owner of a company, I guess it would depend on the size and what I could afford. If I could afford it, there would be on site daycare. Depending on the nature of my business, there would be flexible schedules (national vs international focus could drive some of the hours for some of the positions). I would offer job sharing and a level of benefits to all employees. These aren't pie in the sky things, other places do them. I understand that the size of the business drives the benefits that can be offered - although at one time one of the most family friendly companies in the nation was a smallish mid sized privately owned company. I also know that I couldn't be all things to every employee or every potential employee. I don't believe that every company should be, we do have an element of choice and certain companies arent a fit for a host of reasons. But if I had two equally qualified candidates in front of me, I would throw a dart at the wall rather at their reproductive equipment to eliminate one of them.

SUS