Wanted: Working Parent's Shangri-La
I can't wait to see the reader mail on this week's "." In it, our newest columnists, Jack and Suzy Welch, muse on the reasons why we don't have many female CEOs in America.
Part of the Welch thesis is that biology is what keeps so many women out of the corner office/from climbing to the top of the corporate ladder/from shattering the glass ceiling/fill in the cliche of your choice. Women have babies, and having babies translates into career ramifications for many women.
I completely agree with the Welchian notion that working moms need to work hard to get flexibility: "If you are a working mother who consistently delivers dynamic results, most bosses will give you the flexibility you want."
But, in some cases, you can simply follow in the trail of the moms--as well as dads--ahead of you who did all the legwork. That's certainly the case here at BusinessWeek. Because so many staff members work from home a day (or two) a week, I had no qualms asking my bosses for that perk when my son was born.
I think employers finally realize flexiblity is a perk many workers want. And it is certainly something folks have been dreaming about for a long time. In fact, a few weeks ago, I caught the tail end of that seminal 1980s movie, "9 to 5."
In it, the evil boss comes back from captivity to find his department completely transformed by the three women who usurped him. He's shocked to find his staff happy, productive, and, in some cases, even dried out. There's flex-time, job sharing, on-site daycare. You name it. In other words, it's a working parent's Shangri-La.
Of course, that's the big screen. If anyone knows a company that is so perfect, I want to know about it!