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Making Caregiving Compatible with Work

In her new book, Unfinished Business, Anne-Marie Slaughter calls for a major mindset shift by business leaders and managers. Today, she points out, women are primary breadwinners in 40 percent of households; by 2020 more than one in three Americans will be caring for an elder person; and Millennial men particularly yearn for more connection with and opportunity to care for family members. She implores business decision-makers to recognize that caring for children, elders, and others in need is part of a life portfolio for almost all workers, whether they show it or not. Legislators may enact policies, and individual workers may find coping strategies to integrate work and caring commitments, but the workplace is the nexus of this challenge and the place to create practical solutions.

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