Browsing Employee Assistance Archive School of Social Work by Subject "Flexible work arrangements"
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Conversation with Nancy Costikyan, Director of Work/Life at Harvard UniversityBoston College's Center for Work and Family has a Member Spotlight Newsletter that it sends out on a regular basis. This newsletter highlights the work of Nancy Costikyan, Director of the Work/Life Program at Harvard University. In the newsletter Nancy discusses the current priorities in the workplace and states: "My office serves 19,000 staff and faculty (as well as some student groups) and we have four main buckets, which I am beginning to think of as fountains that all spring from well-being: (1) Mental Health; (2) Flex-work, (3) Dependent Care and (4) Mindfulness. Obviously, flexwork has consumed much of our time as we forge our way to a widespread, hybrid work model, but the ongoing crises concerning child care and mental health are keeping me up at night." And the conversation goes on to include the programs new Flexible Work Arrangement Policy and how flexwork may look different on the Harvard campus. The role of manager is addressed as well as how they plan to evaluate the program in the upcoming months. Finally Nancy is asked about the Key Learnings that have emerged with these programs.
EAP and COVID-19: A Missing New Ingredient in our Messy New Reality: FlexibilityFor nearly two decades now at the Boston College Center for Work & Family, we have studied the issue of flexibility and remote work and collaborated with organizations on the development of their flexible work programs. The very first concepts I introduce when speaking with individuals or groups are the two most common components of flexibility: flextime and flex place. The concepts are pretty self-explanatory: flex time refers to when you get your work done and flex place refers to where.
Six Tips for Supporting Parents During a PandemicA recent study by the Brookings Institution found that “the three pillars of parenting — economic stability, parental mental health and support for children’s learning — have been shaken.” There were serious breaches in the levels of parental stress and breaks in parent-child interactions. And the results were the same for two very different communities: rural Pennsylvania and the urban Chicago area. With the individual, couple and family stress from parents and kids all working at home, there are several things employers can do to help working parents balance caring for their children, homes, work, relationships, safety, health and more.
Taking Charge of Remote Work Post COVID-19This is a virtual presentation to the Work Family Roundtable at Boston College on the topic of managing remote workers. Kathy Katcher is an expert in the Work Family field. She presents key suggestions in this presentationabout how employers and managers can supervise employees from afar effectively during the COVID Pandemic when many employees are working from home.