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Making the jobs fit mothers’ realities

Does it take a Nobel-prize-winning scientist to figure out how to help women balance careers with the demands of family life?

Apparently, it takes two. Women in science need more workplace flexibility after having children to advance in their careers, Elizabeth H. Blackburn and Carol W. Greider, two female winners of this year’s Nobel Prize in medicine, told the Associated Press. Blackburn says women “just are very daunted by the career structure. Not by the science, in which they are doing really well.”

Many women would agree that the structure of most jobs (and most career paths) are based on a traditionally male model. As HR professionals, you’re in a position to loosen those restrictions.

What are your organizations doing to help your female employees maximize their contributions without burning out? What should they be doing?

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