Roundtable on Integrating Work and Family Life: A Holistic Approach

August 10, 2001

Washington, D.C. - Aging parents, two high pressure jobs, deadlines in the office and a sick child home from school -- what do families and society do to cope?

The Sloan-Work Family Network, supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, will host a roundtable introducing their report and recommendations on Sept. 14 at the Phoenix Park Hotel, Washington, D.C.. Its key message is to bring all relevant players together to solve this critical problem, and it includes suggestions for workers, families, government, employers and unions.

The report, "Integrating Work and Family Life: A Holistic Approach," written for the Network by Lotte Bailyn, T Wilson professor of management., Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Robert Drago, professor of labor studies, Penn State; and Thomas A. Kochan, the George M. Bunker professor of management, MIT, recognizes the effect of work-family pressures on society and explores the problems of financial stresses, increasing time squeeze, low wage ceilings for paid care providers, under use of family friendly policies and work structures that do not fit today's reality.

A related Call to Action will be available Sept. 1 at

The half day session will include a roundtable with Bailyn, Drago and Kochan presenting the key points of the report followed by comments and discussion by invited participants from the Society for Human Resource Management, AFL-CIO, Institute for Women's Policy Research and the Employment Policy Foundation. There will be ample time for discussion. The roundtable will run from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. For information or to reserve a seat, please contact Susan Cass at scass@MIT.EDU by email.

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