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Dad working from home

Do Men Care About Work-Life Balance?

In a word, yes! When it comes to work and family, men and women are more alike than different, according to a new research study of employees around the world. This finding conflicts with a widely held assumption that male identity is rooted in work, whereas women place a higher priority on personal and family life.

The Global Study on Men and Work-Life Integration (WorldatWork and WFD Consulting 2011) sought to understand how organizations can remove the stereotypes and barriers that prevent men from utilizing work-life offerings, as well as what prevents leaders and managers, who are often men, from supporting the use of work-life options.

Findings include:

Work-life programs are not as effective as they can be because managers still cling to the notion that the “ideal worker” is an employee with few personal commitments. A majority of managers still believe that the most productive employees are those without a lot of personal commitments.

Financial stress is a top work-life issue across country and gender, and the top issue for most. Employees increasingly spend part of their on-the-job time addressing financial concerns. Employers can ease this stress by increasing employee assistance programs, offering financial counseling programs, and being as transparent as possible about the corporate financial situation and job security.

“Working men and women around the world seek the same holy grail: success in both their work and family lives,” said Kathie Lingle, WLCP, executive director of WorldatWork’s Alliance for Work-Life Progress. “The assumption that male identity is rooted in work and not family is a major impediment to the effective integration of employees’ work and family lives.”

Added Peter Linkow, president of WFD Consulting: “Leaders must give voice to their own stories of work-life integration, warts and all. This would be a powerful step toward reducing employees’ fears that utilizing the benefits they have been given will jeopardize their careers.  This is especially important in a climate where financial stress and job security are top-of-mind for workers.”

West Coast based companies, were surveyed on their predictions for 2011 in terms of cutbacks and staff reorganization.

Firms Forecast Fewer Job Cutbacks in 2011

After the housing market housing burst in late 2006, the economy has seen its worst years since the Great Depression.  As our country struggled with enormous financial dishonesty, billions in bailout money, an astronomically high national debt, and over 9% unemployment, job security has seemed to be wildly unstable — until now.

According to a recent survey by Right Management, the worlds largest career and talent management consulting firm,  few cutbacks are predicted for the new year.

Over 700 national firms, of which 83 are West Coast based companies, were surveyed on their predictions for 2011 in terms of cutbacks and staff reorganization.  Of the surveyed companies, 22% of western firms forecast fewer cutbacks in 2011, and not a single national firm predicted a significant number of cutbacks.

Forecast Fewer Job Cutbacks

Right Management has offices in over 50 countries and more than 80% of Fortune 500 companies currently utilize the company to work efficiently and increase productivity.

In hopes to revive the economy, business growth is the first step.  An expansive job market would provide the American people with a feeling of economic growth and stability, of which they haven’t felt in over four years.

President Obama’s address last Monday to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce spoke directly at business owners across the country.   “Make government an ally rather than an obstacle to companies as they emerge from the worst economic downturn in generations” said Obama, according to the Washington Post.  In a direct challenge to the American people, Obama urged the need for  business’s to put their employee’s first, and start hiring again.

“An organization’s people are, in the end, the only differentiators that may be sustained” said Douglas Sietsema, Right Management’s talent leader in the Western region.  Sietsema believed 2011 needs a “coherent strategy around talent in order to deliver on increasingly aggressive business goals”.

For more information, visit Right.com

Nurses in a line

Solving The Nursing Shortage

Although there are 2.6 million registered nurses in the United States, by 2020 America will enter a nursing shortfall of more than 1 million nurses.  Growing population and cuts to nursing schools are two main reasons for the shortfall.

However, this infographic from VeterinaryTechnician.com offers solutions to the nursing shortage, along with statistics about the nursing occupation.

Solving the Nursing Shortage Crisis
Via: VeterinaryTechnician.com