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Work-Life Effectiveness

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Creating a coherent, sustainable,
and satisfying way of integrating
your personal and professional
responsibilities and interests.

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Work-Life Effectiveness

  1. 1. Archery Club MARCH 2017 Work/Life Effectiveness
  2. 2. What is work/life effectiveness?
  3. 3. A coherent, sustainable, 
 and satisfying way of integrating 
 your personal and professional responsibilities and interests.
  4. 4. Work/life effectiveness… • Not just a scheduling issue… • Acknowledging and integrating all the roles you play • Aligning your priorities with your values • Setting boundaries
  5. 5. What gets in the way?
  6. 6. Rigid workplaces
  7. 7. Contradictory or irreconsilable aspirations
  8. 8. Inadequate support
  9. 9. Deeply ingrained gender biases
  10. 10. Gender pay gap by age Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Current Population Survey, reported in U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Highlights of Women’s Earnings in 2015, Table 1
  11. 11. Why the gap widens… • The career costs of “temporal flexibility” • The (gendered) stigma of “special treatment” • The too high/too low cost of child and eldercare • Unequal access to even the most basic work/life accommodations & opportunities
  12. 12. How to manage
  13. 13. How to manage 1. Get serious about your priorities
 Put it on paper, map out the trade-offs, be honest about your needs 2. Seek progressive employers 
 Look for explicit policies, women in leadership, cultural cues 3. Do the math
 Factor in short term gains and effects on future earning potential 4. Cultivate allies and be an ally
 Support everyone’s work/life goals, be an example for others
  14. 14. Appendix • Claudia Goldin’s research: • Freakonomics Radio interview • Anne Marie Slaughter • "Unfinished Business" book review NY Times • “Why Women Still Can't Have It All” • The Simple Truth About the Gender Pay Gap (AAUW)

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