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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Feb. 28, 2013/ 18 Adar, 5773

Woman CEO's telecommuting bomb hurts many

By Bonnie Erbe




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer has dropped a bomb on the business world by rescinding permission for her employees to telecommute. It's more than simply ironic that this decision was made by a 30-something female who was hired to turn around the once-giant tech company. Mayer was six months' pregnant when she started work and was widely expected to be family-friendly, instead of decidedly family-unfriendly. If anyone could have understood the importance of juggling work and family responsibilities, it should have been she, correct?

Not so much, as it turns out.

Clearly -- to Mayer, at least -- face time matters. There are things one produces collaboratively at a centralized workplace that cannot be replicated by telecommuting.

Mayer's decision raises several important questions: What drove her to conclude that telecommuting was harming her chances to successfully turn around Yahoo? Will other companies follow her lead? And what does her decision say about a company's willingness to support work-family flexibility benefits?

On the first question, Harvard Business Review's Michael Schrage writes: "I'm pretty confident this reflects a data-driven decision more than a cavalier command. In all likelihood, Mayer has taken good, hard looks at Yahoo's top 250 performers and top 20 projects and come to her own conclusions about who's creating real value -- and how -- in her company. She knows who her best people are."

Assuming Schrage is right -- and most business writers are echoing his or a similar explanation for her move -- that's a pretty damning assessment of the efficacy of telecommuting, at least in the high-tech field. Since the advent of working via wireless, experts have always known that telecommuting could only apply in certain categories of work. Factory workers, hotel service providers, housekeepers, retail clerks, nurses and most doctors and the like must show up at the workplace to put in hours. That is not true of lawyers, writers, filing clerks, 800-number operators and others who can complete much of their work remotely.

But how many of us are taking advantage of telecommuting? In 2010, the Bureau of Labor Statistics found that 22.9 percent of men and 24.5 percent of women worked from home "on an average day." That's a fairly sizable chunk of the workforce.

Many telecommuters say they would not be able to stay in their current jobs without family-friendly flexibility. Does that mean if many companies follow Mayer's lead, almost one-quarter of the workforce will have to find new employment?

Advocates of flexibility hope not. Michigan-based blogger Vickie Elmer quotes Amanda Augustine of TheLadders.com, a job-search site for executives, as saying : "I don't believe we'll see many other companies following suit. ... As technology continues to advance, our world is becoming smaller and smaller. Between conferencing software and document-sharing services, the ability to work -- and perform well -- as a remote team is even easier."

While I might hope Augustine is right, my gut instinct is that family-friendly benefits will be among the first to be tossed aside in tough economic times. To answer my own third question, I believe workers overall are better off building their own networks, which allow them to juggle work and life outside it, rather than depending on gossamer corporate supports.

That means both parents need to pitch in and provide equal shares of child care and housework. Woe to the person who becomes a single parent without the benefit of a partner to share the work.

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Bonnie Erbe is host of PBS' "To the Contrary" and writes weekly for Scripps Howard News Service.




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