Monday, April 05, 2010

Obama backs shedworking (in a sense)

“Workplace flexibility isn’t just a women’s issue… it reflects our priorities as a society,” said President Obama on the issue of flexible working, according to Terrell McSweeny is Domestic Policy Advisor to the Vice President on the White House web site. Terrell writes that: "the White House hosted a first-of-its-kind forum on workplace flexibility. Businesses (large and small), employees, advocates, labor leaders and experts spent the afternoon discussing why workplace flexibility matters – and trading information about options that are working in the workplace, such as telecommuting, flextime, job sharing, helping with childcare and eldercare, and predictable scheduling." Here's a snippet:
I finished the day with three strong impressions: a lot has been tried, tested and learned about workplace flexibility in the last decade; there is a business case for flexibility and basic protections that allow workers to balance work and caregiving responsibilities; and this issue matters for everyone (men and women, managers and workers, people with kids and without, hourly workers and salaried workers).
Good work Mr President.
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