Work and Family--Allies or Enemies?: What Happens When Business Professionals Confront Life Choices

Hardcover | June 6, 2000

byStewart D. Friedman, Jeffrey H. Greenhaus

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We've come a long way since the classic book The Organization Man first introduced the "ideal" 2-person career--a full-time male breadwinner and a stay-at-home wife. What typified the '50s good life is in stark contrast to contemporary reality: 63% of all married women with children under sixyears old are in the workforce and 40% of all workers are part of a dual-earner couple. Work and Family--Allies or Enemies? offers a fresh new lens for viewing the real struggles that business professionals face in their daily battle to find ways of "getting a life" and "having it all." Based on a pioneering study that surveyed more than 800 business professionals, this volume willhelp readers understand and deal with the effects of gender, professional culture, and social expectations, on the evolving roles of men and women in crafting an integrated life. A rich, inspiring, and at times disturbing look at how work and family affect the lives of men and women trying to managethe complexities of modern living, the authors argue that it is critical to learn how to manage the boundaries between work and family, to handle ambiguity, to manage multiple tasks simultaneously, and to build networks of support at work and in the community. Work and Family--Allies or Enemies?offers a prescription for success that requires that all parties--individuals, employers, and society--clarify what is important, recognize and support the whole person, and continually experiment with new ways to achieve meaningful goals.

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 Based on research into the lives of hundreds of working professionals, authors Stewart D. Friedman and Jeffery H. Greenhouse look at evolving societal roles of modern men and women in Work and the Family — Allies or Enemies?. Here the reader finds a succinct analysis of how shifting gender roles and expectations of society in the busi...

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We've come a long way since the classic book The Organization Man first introduced the "ideal" 2-person career--a full-time male breadwinner and a stay-at-home wife. What typified the '50s good life is in stark contrast to contemporary reality: 63% of all married women with children under sixyears old are in the workforce and 40% of al...

Stewart D. Friedman is Practice Professor of Management at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, where he directs the Wharton Work/Life Integration Project. He is currently on leave, serving as director of the Leadership Development Center, Ford Motor Company. He has advised Vice President Al Gore on work and family issues, a...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 5.98 × 9.02 × 1.1 inPublished:June 6, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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 Based on research into the lives of hundreds of working professionals, authors Stewart D. Friedman and Jeffery H. Greenhouse look at evolving societal roles of modern men and women in Work and the Family — Allies or Enemies?. Here the reader finds a succinct analysis of how shifting gender roles and expectations of society in the business and cultural realms and how they affect our ability to harmonize divergent aspects of adult existence. To this end, the authors discuss a number of factors that lead to a more integrated and fulfilling lifestyle that include, employing time management skills, creating divisions between your career and your family life and building support networks.

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"This pair of B-school professors interviewed 861 businesspeople to discover how work and family relate. They conclude that work and family life often are, but need not be in conflict and explore six major themes that can help readers achieve a balance between the two. Nearly a third of thebook is dedicated to two appendices covering the details of the study itself and tables and notes on the research."--Business Reader Review