Not that long ago, it was common for only one parent – typically the father – to work, supporting a family of three to four children and a stay-at-home mom. But, of course, times changed and women entered the working world in droves. Currently, they make up more than half of the North American workforce, and this cultural and socioeconomic shift has presented women with many choices and challenges: Forego a family for corporate success? Sideline career goals to raise kids? Or somehow juggle both? And with time, these questions have become even more daunting as work-life balance becomes more out of whack and the cost of living, including child care expenses, continues to increase despite more than 20 years of virtually stagnant income growth. In fact, according to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Canada’s highest earning two-working-parent families spend 18% of their net income on child care expenses – the fifth highest out of 30 industrialized countries that were studied. Considering this statistic, it’s no wonder that over two-thirds of Canadian women with children under the age of five are in fact working. Conversely, in some regions, a woman may choose to be a stay-at-home mom simply because the cost of daycare outweighs what she would make going back to work. But what happens when that stay-at-home mom decides to go back to work? Read more
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Last month’s article on the “office mom” – in honour of Mother’s Day – examined stereotypes of women in the workplace and how characteristics typically associated with femininity, such as compassion and affection, may be a welcome instillation into today’s world of work, especially with regard to leadership styles. So, in honour of Father’s Day this month, we’re taking a close look at the upheavals and discoveries that are forcing us to rethink what it means to be a man and a father – and how employers should respond to these new perspectives, particularly when it comes to paternity leave. Read more
It’s time to get ready for beach season, but what if you’re simply too worn out at the end of the day to hit the gym? Of course, staying in shape isn’t just about looking good for a few months every year. In fact, the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology recommends that adults ages 18 to 64 get a total of 150 minutes worth of moderate to vigorous aerobic exercise every week in 10-minute bouts, and to work out bones and muscles at least twice a week. That would be easy if you could exercise at work, but how are you supposed to do that?
The truth is, exercising at work may seem like a stretch (pun intended), but it is possible to fit in some easy-to-do activities that, over time, could have an immense impact on your health, quality of life, and how you perform in your job. In fact, that’s why it’s also important that, as an employer, you go a step further and promote fitness at work. Read more
While not every province in Canada celebrates Family Day, it’s definitely taken the country by storm in recent times with BC celebrating its very first Family Day this year. And just as Family Day is becoming the norm in Canada, so too should the family-friendly workplace; not just for the benefit of burgeoning young families, but for the benefit of employers’ bottom lines, too.
A family-friendly workplace is called that for a variety of reasons that range from helping their employees to start new families to providing up to six weeks of paid vacation time. Regardless of their specific offerings, each of these employers is likely to benefit from high employee morale, loyalty, and retention, which translate into higher productivity, lower turnover and training costs, and access to an eager pool of potential workers waiting in the wings.
But what makes a family-friendly workplace, and why is it so important to an employer’s success? Read more