Speaking up for moms

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For moms who need to juggle motherhood and work, balance and flexibility can be a challenge. A new website customfitworkplace.org  has some usefeul tools along with an opportunity for employees and employers to share ideas. This new website is part of the advocacy work of MomsRising.org, a grassroots effort that fights for moms’ rights.

Before the website was the book, The Custom-Fit Workplace, out this month. It’s more than a book about options for making the modern workplace work better for employers and their employees; it’s a guide for making the workplace more nimble, trust-based and profitable.  And the new web site that serves as a companion to the book is more than a resource for information; it’s a place where people can share their own experiences with workplaces that do and don’t allow workers flexible workdays, virtual work options or accommodate caregiving needs.  The web site is also part of an exciting initiative spearheaded by MomsRising, an online and on-the-ground grassroots organization of more than a million people working to achieve economic security for all families in the U.S.  The Custom-Fit Workplace initiative involves advocacy and outreach to raise awareness of the important of flexible workplace practices.

In addition to a place to share stories and ideas, customfitworkplace.org  features a blog, and links to research that provides evidence of the benefits to businesses of instituting programs and policies that help employees successfully blend their work responsibilities with their life obligations.  The research shows how employee-friendly workplaces can: improve financial performance; cut costs; and retain committed workers and build loyalty.

Through customfitworkplace.org, MomsRising and the authors of The Custom-Fit Workplace, Joan Blades and Nanette Fondas, hope to help employees and employers implement existing successful strategies for creating custom-fit workplaces and also suggest new strategies.

On customfitworkplace.org people can also sign up to receive emails with news, resources, articles, blogs and information about events related to creating and maintaining a custom-fit workplace, and join a community that is helping to reshape the way we work in the 21st Century.

MomsRising, like all other grass-roots advcacy campaigns, is supported by donations.

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Written by Pamela Settle, owner of Light Shine Media Group and publisher of GoodLiving® Magazine. All Rights Reserved. No part of this blog may be reproduced without permission.

GoodLiving Magazine® is printed six times a year for families in Pinellas County, Florida, home to municipalities including Clearwater, Tarpon Springs, Dunedin, Largo and St. Petersburg. The densest county in Florida, population is near 1 Million people. Past issues are available for viewing digitally on the website.

As an advocate for children and families, Pamela Settle serves as the local committee chairperson for The Children’s Movement of Florida, a non-partisan advocacy organization that works on behalf of the well being of children throughout the State of Florida.