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April 2013
Reflections on Work & Life
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Executive Director Brad Harrington 
Over the past year, the work-family discussion has been injected with a massive shot of adrenaline. Much of the resurgence of interest has resulted from the advice and actions of some highly accomplished women. Their overtures and the public reaction to them has enabled all to clearly see that those who thought the work-life dilemma has been resolved were very much mistaken. Read more

CWF News & Notes 

Lauren lean in BCCWF comments on Sheryl Sandberg's new book "Lean In"   
Our staff weighed in on the interesting discussion brought forth by the book release: Danielle Hartmann was a guest on WGBH's Greater Boston show to discuss "The Sandberg Effect", Lauren Stiller Rikleen appeared on Fox 25 News Boston Work-Life Wednesday and wrote an editorial in The Boston Globe: "Lean In" author Sheryl Sandberg needs to "lean on" the workplace. Brad Harrington was quoted in How I learned to love the work-life treadmill, The Boston Globe.  

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Brad Harrington was a guest on Minnesota Public Radio's The Daily Circuit to discuss the Family and Medical Leave Act in the story 20 years after FMLA, is work leave helping enough employees? Read and listen now. Brad was also quoted in a Fortune story on employees taking responsibility for their own work-life success.

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Next up on April 9 from 9 am -10 am ET:Tradeoffs in work-family policy and patterns of gender inequality featuring Hadas Mandel of Tel Aviv University.
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National Workforce Roundtable to convene in Seattle May 1-3, 2013

Members of our National Workforce Roundtable will come together next month to discuss hot topics such as From the Brady Bunch to Modern Family: Fostering inclusion for all, Technology:  Optimizing Technology and Quality of Life, Enhancing Work-Life Communications and a discussion of recent work-life news. Member Registration. To learn more, email 

Articles & Resources
Pew Research Study: Modern Parenthood
The Pew Research Center released a fascinating new report on Modern Parenthood: Roles of Moms and Dads Converge as They Balance Work and Family that explored trends in parenting roles and the impact on work and life. There were many interesting articles exploring various findings of the study: Research SummaryMore Equal, More Stressed, Modern parenthood not all that modern, Many Americans still think moms shouldn't work.

April is National Stress Awareness Month
Employee stress continues to increase. April is a great time to start thinking about how to alleviate stress. See US Department of Health & Human Services Stress Awareness, Chicago Tribune Health

More response to "Lean In"
Sheryl Sandberg and her book have been great catalysts for conversation. Here are some interesting perspectives: How companies can lean in, too, For Women to Lean In, Redesign the Workplace, A Titan's How-To on Breaking the Glass Ceiling, New Leadership When the Glass Ceiling Breaks?

Men must "Lean In" too
In addition to the mentioned responses to Sheryl Sandberg's book "Lean In", men are entering the discussion as well. See "Lean In, Dad", Leaning Together: Women Can't Lean In At Work Unless Men Do At Home"All" and the Modern Man, Men should "lean in" to the family,  Why Men Need to Read 'Lean In,' Too

5 work-life winners
Features BCCWF Director of Corporate Partnerships Danielle Hartmann and other AWLP Work-Life Rising Stars.

Your job might be killing you
It's long been known that prolonged stress is tough on your health. Now, it turns out that job burnout may be worse for your heart than smoking. Related: 10 Signs You're Suffering From Job Burnout

Who Uses Out-of-Office Benefits More? 

Recent research shows men use flexible, out-of-office benefits more than women. Experts say this points to a need for employers to get rid of old stereotypes and do a better job meeting all workers' non-work needs.


Flexible Workspaces: Another Workplace Perk or a Must-Have To Attract Top Talent?
By 2020, 1 in 3 people will be hired to work online, from anywhere they want. Clearly, flexible workspaces are becoming a staple in some of the nation's most successful companies.

Filling the Leadership Pipeline: Developing the Reluctant Emerging Leader
Why are senior managers having trouble filling their leadership pipeline with successors. For many qualified young professionals, formal leadership had lost its luster and is perceived as an exhausting, thankless role.

Employee Engagement Increases in China, but Still Very Low
Those who are engaged report greater productivity and higher wellbeing, based on a Gallup survey.

Work-Life balance improves across South Africa
Workers across South Africa declare that their work-life balance has improved, according to the Regus Work-Life Balance Index

Standard Chartered Bank Women on Boards: Hang Seng Index 2013
Community Business has long championed the role of women in the corporate arena and gender is an important element of diversity. The 2013 report is the third study of its kind and provides an update on progress in the last 12 months in terms of representation of women in Hong Kong's boardrooms.