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The Shriver Report SitePRIVATE SOLUTIONS: WHAT IF EMPLOYERS PUT WOMEN AT THE CENTER OF THEIR WORKPLACE POLICIES?

01.12.2014

When Businesses Design Workplaces that Support their Employees, Both the Businesses and the Employees Benefit

By Ellen Galinsky, James T. Bond and Eve Tahmincioglu 

THE NEED FOR CHILD CARE—THE STORY OF LUCIA HERRERA

Lucia Herrera is a 30-year-old mother of three children, with a preschooler in a Head Start program and 2-year-old twins.1 She works four days a week from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. as a family support worker at a New York City charity. This requires her to make home visits to families in the South Bronx to help them with their problems. She lives with her fiancé, but with a salary of only $28,000 a year, making ends meet has been tough.

Fostering workplace improvement is not typically on the public agenda when it comes to helping low-income women achieve upward mobility and financial stability. But in an Effective Workplace, everyone wins—both the employee and the employer.

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