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When both parents work, completing mundane tasks – such as going to a piano recital, taking the kids to school or caring for your sick child – can become daunting challenges of coordination. Brooke Allocco, Deborah Lovich, Michelle Stohlmeyer Russell and Frances Brooks Taplett – senior staffers at the Boston Consulting Group – advocate supporting dual-career families to help your employees thrive at work. Their article may be an eye opener for those managers who don’t yet understand why their employees with families look like they’ve done a day’s worth of work by the time they show up at the office.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why dual-career households are becoming more common,
  • How companies can support their employees without stay-at-home spouses and
  • Why supporting these workers pays off.

About the Authors

Brooke Allocco, Deborah Lovich, Michelle Stohlmeyer Russell and Frances Brooks Taplett are senior staff members at Boston Consulting Group, an international consulting firm.



Around six in ten American households have two working parents.  Dual-career households are becoming more common as women work a wider variety of jobs and as families require two incomes to cover the costs of living. Millennial men, especially, want to take on more active roles at home. However, many working parents step away from professional aspirations or even drop out of the workforce worrying that they can’t balance the responsibilities at home and at work. One study showed that 60% of nonworking parents don’t work because they don’t have adequate child care. ...

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