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Stewart D. Friedman and Jeffrey H. Greenhaus conducted extensive research with 861 alumni of the business schools at Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania, both in Philadelphia. Their research yielded revealing results about the struggle of professionals to manage work and family commitments. However, Friedman and Greenhaus present these results in such overwhelming statistical detail that the average reader is in danger of being swamped. This is especially the case when the data proves principals that most people already grasp through common sense and experience. That said, getAbstract recognizes that the authors have done working Joes and Janes a great service by aggregating numbers to back up the notion that it’s getting tougher to balance family and career. As such, this is an important book for anyone in a position to set workplace policy.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to learn to balance work and family life so that they have a positive effect on each other;
  • Why companies need to create more workplace flexibility; and
  • Why children inevitably suffer in the juggling act between career and home.
 

About the Authors

Stewart D. Friedman is a professor of management at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, where he directs the Wharton Work/Life Integration Project. He has advised Al Gore on work and family issues. Jeffrey H. Greenhaus is a professor of management, commerce and engineering at Drexel University. He has authored or co-authored three books.

 

Summary

Work and Family: Changing Dynamics
The two dominant roles most employed women and men fill - work and family life - can help or hurt each other as allies or enemies. They can be allies if you learn to balance them, while they may be enemies if you invest too much time in one to the detriment...

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