Work-Life Balance and Career Development

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A CEO's Guide to Gender Equality

McKinsey & Company; 2015

This CEO's guide synthesizes multiple sources to make quick sense of a complex issue.
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A Guide to Implementing Paid Family Leave: Lessons from California

Firestein, Nesty & O'Leary, Ann & Savitsky, Zoe; Labor Project for Working Families & Berkeley Center for Health, Economic & Family Security; 2011.

This guide provides key lessons learned in passing and implementing California's Paid Family Leave (PFL) program, which was the first of its kind in the United States. The guide includes information about the basic components of the PFL program and the history of how the bill was passed in California. It also includes a background on five areas crucial to successful implementation, and key lessons learned in each of these areas: outreach and education; administration; employer issues; policy issues; and research, evaluation, and data collection.
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Accelerating Gender Parity: A Toolkit

Ratcheva, Zahidi; World Economic Forum; 2017

This toolkit is intended to be a resource for businesses and other stakeholders interested in accelerating gender parity.
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Best Practices in Training and Development

Workforce Management

A best practices guide for employers to support the development and potential of employees.
view 221.54 KB pdf, Added 3/1/2010

Center for Work-Life Law, Hastings College of Law

The website for the Center describes and educates viewers about family responsibility discrimination. It lists helpful tools and support systems for employers to incorporate work-life balance in the workplace.
view web, Added 3/1/2010

Companies Leading the Way: Putting the Principles into Practice

UN Women, United Nations Global Compact, November 2015

This guide contains a sampling of over 100 good practices gathered from online searches or submitted by UN Global Compact participants in response to our call to share actions and initiatives that their companies are undertaking to empower and advance women. The actions and policies adopted by these companies demonstrate the abundance of ways that business can contribute to the advancement of women's empowerment around the world. The practices are accompanied by an index that matches each one to the specific United Nations Women's Empowerment Principle(s) that it addresses and/or supports. The examples hail from companies representing a broad range of sectors and regions, demonstrating the universal relevance and practicality of women's empowerment and gender equality.
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Families and Work Institute

FWI is a nonprofit research center. The website looks at five main research areas: workforce/workplace, parenting, education, care, and communities.
view web, Added 3/1/2010

Family Friendly Workplace Ordinance (FFWO): Employer Compliance Requirements

Levitt (2013)

Presentation given at the November 13 Family Friendly Workplace Ordinance forum by Donna Levitt.
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Family Friendly Workplace Ordinance (FFWO): Frequently Asked Questions

City and County of San Francisco, Office of Labor Standards Enforcement (OLSE); July 2014

This document addresses questions that are frequently asked about the San Francisco Family Friendly Workplace Ordinance (FFWO).
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Flexibility for Success: How Workplace Flexibility Policies Benefit All Workers and Employees

National Partnership for Women & Families; 2011.

Lower-wage workers disproportionately need, and lack, flexibility in the workplace. They face significant challenges, including unpredictable work schedules, inflexible work hours, no access to paid sick time, and little or no paid family leave. When all businesses adhere to a standard of basic workplace flexibility, including paid sick days and paid family and medical leave, the result will be healthier, more reliable, and more productive workers at ever wage level, and employers will reap the benefits.
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Gender Equality Checklist for Fund Managers

Gender at Work

This annex to the report 'Implementing Gender Equality Policies and Practices in Private Sector Companies' is a checklist that identifies gender-related and women specific issues to be addressed by fund managers at each step in the investment cycle.
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How to accelerate gender diversity on boards

Huber, O'Rourke; McKinsey & Company; 2017

Slow progress in adding more women to boards has dominated the conversation. But tips from standout companies are more likely to inspire others to take firmer action.
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Making Mentoring Work

Dinolfo, Sarah & Nugent, Julie S.; Catalyst; 2010

Making Mentoring Work offers insights gathered from years of Catalyst work and expertise in this area to help organizations maximize their mentoring efforts. Report highlights include 1) a brief research overview demonstrating the importance of formal mentoring, mentoring relationships, and how they are best maximized. 2) Insights on formal mentoring for career development, designing effective accountability mechanisms. 3) Robust ways to measure and track formal mentoring, including return on investment (ROI). 4) Self-assessments that allow organizations to gauge the effectiveness of their formal mentoring programs and provide further guidance to them in their mentoring efforts. 5) In-depth Diversity & Inclusion practices showcasing innovative mentoring programs.
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Mentor Net

Aimed at women and minorities, this agency offers a nationwide electronic mentoring network in the computer science field as well as a one-on-one email-based mentoring program and a detailed list of mentorship resources.
view web, Added 3/1/2010

Mitigate or Litigate: Flexible Working and Legal Exposure

Dixon, Douglas, Gordon, Huggett, Leh, Shuman, Shoop, Toadvine, Weissman, Burud; Littler Mendelson & FlexPaths, 2011.

This report examines the legal implications and policy considerations of flexible work, specifically telework, flexible work schedules, and flexible employment relationships.
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National Institute for Women in Trades, Technology & Science (IWITTS)

IWITTS is a national organization that provides tools to educational institutions, police departments, employers, and women and girls themselves to help successfully integrate women into non-traditional and male-dominated careers -- such as technology and law enforcement -- via trainings, publications, products, e-strategies, and research projects. Careers can range from automotive technician to pilot, computer networking technician, telecommunications engineer, electrician and police officer.
view web, Added 2/16/2010

Nontraditional Employment for Women (NEW)

NEW is a sector-based workforce development program that prepares women for careers in the construction, transportation, energy, and facilities maintenance industries. NEW focuses on skilled, unionized jobs in the trades with starting wages averaging $15 per hour, benefits, and a path to higher-wage employment. NEW primarily serves low-income minority women from all 5 boroughs in New York City. These careers enable NEW graduates to provide a secure future for themselves and their families.
view web, Added 8/4/2010

Paid Family and Medical Leave: Good for Business Fact Sheet

National Partnership for Women & Families; March 2015

Fact sheet about the benefits of paid family and medical leave to employers. The sheet lays out how 'paid leave' public policy standards would help businesses reduce costs and level the playing field for employers while allowing workers to meet their health needs and caregiving responsibilities.
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Paid Family Leave of California

California Work and Family Coalition; 2011.

The California Paid Family Leave (PFL) program provides income replacement to workers on leave for family caregiving or for bonding with a new child. This website provides information and key updates about the PFL program. It includes basic information about the program, resource materials to use at your workplace, and a guide for labor union leaders and members.
view web, Added 1/26/2012

Paid Family Leave: How Much Time is Enough?

Schulte, Durana, Stout, Moyer; New America; 2017

This project scans some of the best US and international research to lay out how the length of paid family leave impacts four areas: infant and child health and wellbeing, maternal health and wellbeing, gender equality, and businesses and the economy.
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Paid Time Off Programs and Policies: A Survey of WorldatWork Members

WorldatWork; June 2016

This report summarizes the results of a January 2016 survey of WorldatWork members to better understand PTO bank-style and traditional paid time off (e.g., vacation time, sick time, personal days) programs and practices. This is the first of the Paid Time Off Programs and Policies surveys by WorldatWork that includes a section on Parental Leave.
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Sponsoring Women to Success

Foust-Cummings, Dinolfo, Kohler; Catalyst; 2011.

While mentoring has not had much effect on helping women make it to the top, sponsorship has proved to be a more influential professional relationship. Sponsors, who are highly placed in an organization and have significant influence on decision-making processes go beyond mentors. They not only give career advice, but can propel a protege to the top of a list of candidates. This report details the benefits sponsorship provides to sponsors, proteges, and the organization, how to create an environment where sponsorship thrives, and the critical features of a sponsorship relationship.
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Tackling Childcare: The Business Case for Employer-Supported Childcare

International Finance Corporation; 2017

This report highlights innovative approaches that companies across sectors and regions have taken to better meet their employees' childcare needs. Featuring 10 case studies, the report shows how companies can choose from a range of childcare options, from on-site creches to partnerships with governments and local childcare providers. As a result, companies can better attract and retain qualified staff-helping boost employee productivity and strengthening the bottom line.
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Take a Reality Check: What's your Work+Life "Fit"?

Work+Life Fit Inc.

This quiz helps employees find out how they're progressing on achieving work-life balance.
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Taking a Positive Approach to an Employee's Maternity Leave

Ryckman, Pamela; NYTimes; July 21, 2010.

This article focuses on helping companies see maternity leave as a potential 'win-win,' rather than a loss or challenge to the company. In particular, challenges small businesses face when employees take maternity leave are mentioned as well as suggestions on how to deal with temporary employee vacancies and the fear that an employee will choose to stay at home after their child's birth. Strategies like communicating openly with the employee, involving the employee in negotiating the terms of the maternity leave, considering flexible schedules, and adjusting the terms of leave on a employee-by-employee basis make the employee feel like she is a valued asset to the company, ultimately helping her feel needed and wanted when the maternity leave is over.
view web, Added 8/4/2010

Taking Care of Business: The Business Benefits of Paid Leave

National Partnership for Women & Families; 2010.

Businesses benefit when employees are able to take time away from work to cope with personal and family illnesses. More satisfied and productive workers translate into improved workplace morale, greater worker loyalty, and better bottom lines. This short report details the business benefits, including reduced absenteeism, and higher retention rates, of providing employees with paid sick days and paid family and medical leave.
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The Business of Empowering Women

Mckinsey & Company; January 2010

This report presents a case for why and how the private sector can intensify its engagement in the economic empowerment of women in developing countries and emerging markets. The report draws on insights from interviews with more than 50 leaders and experts in the private and social sectors who focus on women's empowerment, as well as findings from a global survey of nearly 2,300 senior private sector executives, among others.
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The Gender Dividend: Making the Business Case for Investing in Women

Greg Pellegrino, Sally D'Amato, and Anne Weisberg; Deloitte; 2011

This paper discusses how by acknowledging and investing in women, businesses can yield a significant return-a return known as the gender dividend. To fully capitalize on the gender dividend, however, countries and organizations must go beyond policies that focus on discrimination and develop solid strategies aimed at integrating women at every level. This report lays out the rationale behind why governments and organizations must look to women as key to their economic growth.
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The Glass Hammer

Glass Hammer is an award-winning blog and online community created for women executives in finance, law, technology and big business.
view web, Added 2/8/2010

The Great Debate: Flexibility vs. Face Time

Beninger, Carter; Catalyst; 2013

Are flexible work arrangements (FWA) the 'new normal,' or does face time still reign? In this increasingly globalized, technology-charged world, where it's now possible to work from virtually anywhere at any time, day or night, how important is face time vs. work output? In this report, Catalyst: Separates myth from fact using data from actual high-potential employees working around the world. Aims to help organizations become employers of choice in attracting and retaining top talent. Establishes that FWA programs are alive and well, are widespread across all types of organizations, are desired by young and old employees throughout the pipeline, and that lack of access to FWA has serious consequences for top talent, especially women. The bottom line is that face time doesn't lead to top performance outcomes. Employers and managers need to learn to trust their employees to get the job done and not be so concerned about when and where the work is completed as long as deadlines are met.
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The Labor Project for Working Families

The Labor Project website provides flexible workplace and work-life balance resource guides and training material for employers. The website also describes their policy work with workplace flexibility.
view web, Added 3/1/2010

The New Dad: Exploring Fatherhood within a Career Context

Prof. Brad Harrington, Fred Van Deusen, and Prof. Jamie Ladge; Boston College Center for Work and Family; 2010

While gender inequity has adversely affected women in many ways in the workplace, it has also made it difficult for men to be recognized as equal contributors as parents by their employers. This study attempts to view and understand the experience of today's working fathers in their roles both as worker and parent.
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The New Dad: Take Your Leave

Harrington, Van Deusen, Sabatini Fraone, & Eddy; Boston College Center for Work & Family; 2014

In the series called The New Dad, the authors have examined a diverse set of issues including the transition to fatherhood, the experiences of at-home dads, shared caregiving, and paternity leave. This work has dramatically increased a long-overdue dialogue on the role of fathers in contemporary families and the work-life-family struggles that these men face. This article discusses the benefits of paternity leave, along with the variety cultural, social, and legal obstacles that prevents or dissuades fathers from taking said leave.
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The New Millennial Dad

Harrington, Sabatini Fraone, Lee, & Levey; Boston College; 2016

In the series called The New Dad, the authors have examined a diverse set of issues including the transition to fatherhood, the experiences of at-home dads, shared caregiving, and paternity leave. This work has dramatically increased a long-overdue dialogue on the role of fathers in contemporary families and the work-life-family struggles that these men face. This article discusses the specific challenges of the new "Millennial dad."
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The Sloan Center on Aging and Work at Boston College

The website for the Sloan Center provides reports and publications on research findings concentrating on aging and work, and flexible work options.
view web, Added 3/1/2010

The Third Shift: Child Care Needs and Access for Working Mothers in Restaurants

Liu; Restaurant Opportunities Centers-United; 2013

The restaurant industry is one of the largest sectors in the United States economy and is projected to be among those with the largest growth by 2020. Despite the industry's growth and potential for lifting the livelihoods of its workers, especially for women and mothers, working conditions have deteriorated and wages have not kept pace with growth.
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Time to accelerate: Ten years of insights into gender diversity

Desvaux, Devillard, Labaye, Sancier-Sultan, Kossoff, de Zelicourt; McKinsey & Company; 2017

A decade into its research, McKinsey & Company highlights key findings and invites 16 global leaders to look at how to increase gender diversity in corporations and imagine the inclusive company of the future.
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Tradeswomen Resources

Wider Opportunities for Women (WOW)

A list of organizations and information of interest for tradeswomen.
view 244.74 KB pdf, Added 9/21/2016

What Women Need to Advance: Sponsorship

Hewlett; Forbes; 2011

The key to getting women on boards is to move beyond traditional mentoring programs and provide women with high-level, cross-company, cross-gender sponsorship. Mentors can undoubtedly be helpful by lending advice and guidance to mentees, but sponsors are critically important.
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When Work Works

This website looks at workplace effectiveness and flexibility including: helpful toolkits, research and reports, and flex tips for companies and supervisors.
view web, Added 3/1/2010

Women in the Workplace 2017

Thomas, Cooper, Konar, Rooney, Finch, Yee, Krivkovich, Starikova, Robinson, Valentino; LeanIn.org and McKinsey & Company; 2017

Women in the Workplace 2017 is a comprehensive study of the state of women in corporate America. This research is part of a long-term partnership between LeanIn.Org and McKinsey & Company to give organizations the information they need to promote women's leadership and foster gender equality.
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Women's Bureau

This website describes and lists the Women's Bureau's strategic and performance plan to focus on better earnings and jobs for women.
view web, Added 3/1/2010

Women's Empowerment Principles - Equality Means Business

United Nations Global Compact & United Nations Development Fund for Women

A set principles for businesses developed by the UN Global Compact and UNIFEM offering guidance on how to empower women in the workplace, marketplace and community. The WEP emphasize the business case for corporate action to promote gender equality and women's empowerment and seek to point the way to best practice by elaborating the gender dimension of good corporate citizenship, the Global Compact, and the role of business in sustainable development.
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Workplace Flexibility Best Practices

Fortes (2013)

Presentation given at the November 13 Family Friendly Workplace Ordinance forum by Ana Victoria Fortes.
view 317.89 KB pdf, Added 11/13/2013

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