If we want to claim time as a family value, we need to work for cultural change. We must look beyond what our individual families yearn for to what is most needed in a hurried world. And we must pay particular attention to creating policies that give all families choices. The Take Back Your Time project advocates a "Time to Care" public policy agenda that includes:
When employees are family-centric (putting a higher priority on family than work) or dual-centric (making work and family equal priorities) they are less likely to feel overworked. These changes also benefit business. A 2005 national study (PDF) found that employers offer family friendly initiatives in order to (1) retain and recruit employees and (2) enhance productivity. Employee support is a result from, but not rationale for, many employers' use of more family friendly policies.
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Last updated on Wednesday, October 26, 2011.
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