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The Opt-Out Generation Wants Back In – New York Times

March 31, 2014

The 1990s and early 2000s saw motherhood idealised as a full-time occupation with mothers expected to quit work and stay at home — at the time 40% of people in the US believed mothers working would be harmful to their children.

By 2010 survey data suggested that 75% of US citizens believe a working mother ‘can establish just as warm and secure a relationship generic levitra vs brand levitra with her children as a mother who does not work’.

In light of this, this article looks at several women who had given up high-level jobs in the early 2000s to be stay-at-home mothers, and the effect this has had on their well-being and future career prospects.

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Government must match rhetoric on workplace equality with action – UK Parliament BIS Committee

The UK Parliament’s Business, Innovation and Skills Committee has argued for Government action to tackle the under-representation of women in certain economic sectors, including science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

In a new Report, the committee online pharmacy tramadol paypal recommends extension of flexible working provisions to all employees regardless of tenure, as well as action to dispel the stigma attached to part-time and flexible work.

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The Flex Time Ruse – Slate

A lack of family-friendly workplace policies in the USA is partly to blame for a fall in women’s labour force participation relative to other OECD countries, declining from sixth in 1990 to 17th. However, US female workers are more likely to be in full-time and higher-level managerial positions than in countries with more family-friendly policies.

Women who decide to take generic for tramadol hcl alternative workplace arrangements – through part-time work or career breaks – find their overall incomes and chances for promotion harmed. There is a need, then, for the stigma often associated with alternative working arrangements to be rethought, perhaps by encouraging – and amending policy to allow – fathers to take responsibility for childcare.

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Yahoo chief bans working from home – The Guardian

In an effort to restore the fortunes of Yahoo, its US employees have been instructed that they may no longer work from home. In an email, the company’s human resources chief argues that:

Some of the best decisions and insights come from hallway and cafeteria discussions, buy mexican tramadol meeting new people, and impromptu team meetings … Speed and quality are often sacrificed when we work from home.

This has proved unpopular with some staff who cite workplaces as distracting and working from home as a productivity booster.

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Get a life—or face the consequences – The Economist

March 17, 2014

Using OECD data, this Economist blog shows a relationship between working hours and “potential years of life lost” (PYLL). The suggestion made is that there is a statistically significant relationship between working longer hours and higher premature mortality.
Relationship between working hours and premature death
They posit buy levitra 10 mg that stress may be a factor, as it can contribute to range of problems like heart disease and depression, but go on to note that the ‘pattern is not completely clear’.

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