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A working mother I know recently told me that toggling between parenting a toddler and the demands of managing a department and a staff of three is a tightrope walk. Some days, everything worked smoothly, boosting her confidence in her career path and her childrearing choices. Other days, when her child got sick or daycare was closed due to weather, the disruption and reallocation of her time threatened to tip the fine balance between work and family. “It’s stressful,” she confesses. “It makes me feel like I’m not doing well at either job,” asking not to reveal her name, in case her boss reads the article. advertisement advertisement Hers is a familiar story among working parents of either gender. What might help, she posits, is a more accepting environment. “One that doesn’t punish you for having a life where things don’t always run smoothly,” she says. Although “Take Our Daughters and Sons To Work” is … [Read more...] about How These Companies Have Created Kid-Friendly Offices For Working Parents
Editor’s Note: This story contains one of our Best Business Lessons of 2014. Check out the full list here. advertisement advertisement At Eugene, Oregon-based Palo Alto Software, a company that develops business planning and other business-focused software, every day is Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day. CEO Sabrina Parsons, who has led the company since 2007, is a staunch advocate of family-friendly policies and is trying to help her employees and others in the tech sector deal with the fact that people have babies. Taking care of them shouldn’t derail your career. Parsons says that the juggling work and parenting is tough for all parents, but the physical and societal demands placed on women hold particular challenges. From getting pregnant and giving birth to the disparity in many caregiving situations, she says parenting puts women’s careers at risk more than men’s. “You’re in the prime of your career with all of this experience, … [Read more...] about The Tech Company With The Radical Idea That Having A Baby Shouldn’t Derail Your Career
The Edelweiss Group on November 12 said it is looking to raise $1 billion from global institutional investors over the next one year for its financing platform in a bid to complete housing projects.The fund has been announced in a partnership between Edelweiss Alternative Asset Advisors (EAAA) and South Korean financial services conglomerate Meritz Financial Group and it has an initial outlay of $425 million.The platform will house funds that will buy out existing residential real estate loans and provide requisite completion financing to good quality, commercially viable projects, Edelweiss said in a release.Close The funds within the platform will be managed by Edelweiss' Alternative Asset Management business. related news Uddhav Thackeray meets Shiv Sena's MLA-elects at resort amid Maharashtra impasse Jaypee Infratech insolvency: Lenders to meet on Nov 18 to comply with SC direction VA Tech WABAG posts consolidated Q2 profit at Rs 23.89 Crore "The first fund of this … [Read more...] about Edelweiss Group to raise $1 billion for realty platform