Private Sector Strives for Family-Work Balance

By October 19, 2007Human Resources

In her bid for the White House, Senator Hillary Clinton has come up with a government “fix” to fix the unfixable problem of trying to balance, well…life. According to Senator Clinton, a 2002 study found that 45 percent of employees say that work and family responsibilities interfere with one another. (What’s shocking is that the number is so low).

Senator Clinton has a plan to “partner” with the business community to give parents more time with their children. By “partner” she means “regulate.” The Senator’s plan calls for passing new laws requiring paid time off for medical emergencies and maternity leave. She’ll also extend those regulations to the smallest businesses who were previously exempt.

What’s often forgotten in these type of debates is that the private sector is leaps and bounds ahead of anything that the government could ever do for working families.

For example, PricewaterhouseCoopers has started the Full Circle program, allowing parents to take up to five years off with their children. While on leave, the company pays for training and certifications, invites them to company events and gives them a mentor who will keep them in the loop at the accounting firm.

More and more businesses are starting these type of programs – and not because the government mandated it but because they need and want to retain their employees.

On the other hand, Senator Clinton is correct on one thing: Regulating businesses to the point that they go out of business will result in a lot more family time for employees…

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  • Richard Belzer says:

    Examples drawn from (say) the 95th percentile of the private sector can backfire. They can become floors for regulation.

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