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Work/Life Balance: Goodbye to All That?

Just a few months ago, Working Mother magazine was singing the praises of the "Best 50 Law Firms for Women," and highlighting groundbreaking programs like on-site childcare or part-time partnership tracks designed to help retain top female prospects. But given the current economic climate, is it time to say goodbye to all that? This story from the Miami Herald suggests that family-friendly initiatives like flex-time, part time and telecommuting may head to the back burner with the economy now in free-fall. That's because these days, for most employees -- lawyers included -- keeping a job takes priority over work/life balance. 

Supporters of work/life balance programs have always sold the economic benefits, arguing that it's cheaper for firms to retain the employees they've got than to invest in hiring new ones. But does that economic analysis hold water now?  Not from the news that I see. What about you?

Posted by Carolyn Elefant on October 28, 2008 at 11:14 PM | Permalink | Comments (3)


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