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The Parent’s Guide to Family Friendly Work by Lori K. Long Ph.D.

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Chapter 11 The “Boss” Matters

A company can have a reinforcing culture and offer all of the right policies, programs, and benefits to support working parents, but without a supportive boss, you will never have a truly family-friendly work arrangement. To find family-friendly work, you must find a family-friendly boss.

Tricia recently told me she finally received approval for her request for a compressed workweek after asking regularly for more than two years. Tricia stuck it out with her employer because she loved her work and she didn’t want to leave the company. But her long commute took too much time away from her young children. Four, 10-hour days allowed her to have one full day dedicated to her children, and also saved her two hours in ...

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