The Families and Work Institute has been surveying people about work and family issues for the past two decades in their National Studies of the Changing Workforce. If you follow their results over time, it is encouraging to note that more and more respondents report that their workplaces and jobs are more flexible and supportive than ever. There is a still a long way to go, and progress is stronger in some industries and for certain types of jobs. And, while workplaces have become, in general, more flexible and “family friendly”, the pressures and expectations to devote more and more hours either at work or working on job responsibilities continue to increase.
In this post, I’d like to share with you the questions the Families and Work Institute asks in their surveys in terms of workplace flexibility and support for balancing work and family roles. This may help you think through and assess how your workplace stacks up, and what barriers or supports you may face in your workplace.