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Wednesday, February 02, 2011

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Mary Curlew

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Cali Williams Yost

Ah, this is why we talk about "work+life" flexibility not just workplace flexibility. We need to update and expand our thinking and language.

Teadrinkingmom

Thanks for this post Stacy. I quite agree with you that the question needs to go wider than work. I'd add to your list: childcare. It seems that if you want genuinely flexible childcare a few may be able to afford an expensive nanny but most have to go down the route of a cheap poorly qualified home daycare. How can we make high quality, affordable, flexible daycare a reality for all?

Anon

Nice post, Stacy. You know, some service providers could stand to do what barbers and hair salon workers have been doing forever: work Tuesday thru Saturday.

As for workplace flexibility, the one thing I rarely hear folks discuss is the lack of opportunities for professionals to ENTER the workplace as a part-time employee. Typically, the part-time option is available only to those who started fulltime and somehow "earned" the option to switch to part-time. Or, the organization can't afford to lose an employee and thus is compelled to honor his or her request to work part-time.

I'm a former attorney and stay-at-home mom who would return to work--but only if I could work part-time. As far as I can see, especially in this economy, my only option would be to hang out a shingle and take on a minimum caseload. Because that is an option for me, I expect little sympathy. But what about others who don't have that option?

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