White Paper Teaser: The Work-Life Balance

Since the 1960s, the United States has seen a wave of social change carry over into the workplace. More than ever before, our society is centered on family life, and the new “necessities” for children, as well as the growing demands of work due to globalization, mean that parents are taking on more and more responsibility. Finding a balance between a career and family has always been tough, but never more so than now. With more women in the workforce, issues surrounding this delicate balance are gaining more attention, as they struggle to find time to manage all of their responsibilities at home and at work. Policies involving leaves for childbearing; support for breast-feeding or childcare; work hours, including flexibility in hours and overtime work; leaves for illness or family care; vacation time; and extra perks, such as food availability, gym accessibility, and other on-site health services can help ease the balance.

White Paper, Take 2: The Work-Life Balance

Hillary Clinton, the modern working woman

After attempting to narrow down my previous White Paper topic (climate change), I’ve decided to shift my focus entirely and delve deeper into issues surrounding the work-life balance.

When it comes to matters that affect this balance, the U.S. is far behind the majority of wealthy nations, and even some middle- and low-income nations. According to a study by McGill University’s Institute for Health and Social Policy, the U.S. falls shortest in of leaves for childbearing, support for breast feeding, work hours, and leaves for illness or family care.

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