Balancing Work And Family

Big returns for companies willing to give family strategies a chance

You're a solid manager and, word has it, a decent guy to work for. You treat your people well. But you've also got product to move--and since last year's restructuring, the proposals and requests have come at you like a wicked tsunami. Your staff seems a little frayed at the edges--no surprise, really, since they're in at 7:30 a.m. for the daily briefing and don't leave until past six. You're still trying to make just one of your kid's soccer games. And you can't remember the last long talk you had with your wife (though you do swap E-mail).

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