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The College's Work-Life-Family Friendly Culture


The Facts on Work-Life Balance

  • 85% of U.S. workers have immediate, day-to-day family responsibilities outside of their jobs (U.S. Dept. Labor, 2008).
  • 70% of American children live in households where all adults are employed (U.S. Dept. Labor, 2008; Williams & Boushey, 2010).
  • 71% of mothers with children under the age of 18 participate in the U.S. workforce (U.S. Dept. Labor, 2007).
  • The number of unpaid family caregivers for the elderly is estimated to reach 37 million by 2050, an increase of 85% from 2000, as baby boomers reach retirement age in record numbers (Aumann, Galinsky, Sakai, Brown, & Bond, 2010).
  • Work hours have increased for both husbands and wives (couples with children work on average 91 hours/week), and so not only are there more dual-earner families today, they are working harder than ever before (U.S. Dept. Labor, 2008).
  • Fully 90% of mothers and 95% of fathers report work-family conflict (Williams, 2010).
courtesy of the University of Rhode Island

The Yale Gordon College of Arts and Sciences is dedicated to being a work-life-family friendly workplace.

We recognize that faculty, staff and students manage multiple obligations at work and at home, and the college fosters a culture in which individuals can achieve life satisfaction and optimal performance. Your success is our priority.

Stay tuned for additional information about our policies and practices that support work-life-family balance.

October is recognized as National Work and Family Month to remind employers and others about the importance of work-life effectiveness. In 2003, the U.S. Senate made a resolution to designate National Work and Family month, which was reaffirmed by both houses of the U.S. Congress. President Barack Obama reinforced this designation and recognized the challenges of juggling job and caregiving responsibilities when he issued a presidential statement on National Work and Family Month in 2010.

The U.S. Senate unanimously approved Senate Resolution 533 to designate October 2012 as National Work and Family Month, stating:

Employers that offer effective work-life balance programs are better able to recruit more talented employees, maintain a happier, healthier and less stressed workforce, and retain experienced employees, which produces a more productive and stable workforce with less voluntary turnover.

Think about flexibility, wellness, business goals and balance.