Many working parents have problems balancing work and family. Children are having to come home in the evening after school and fix their own dinners, and get themselves ready for the next school day. Parents whose jobs are so demanding that they are putting in more than 40 hours a week, wishes deep down inside that they could be home taking care of their children. Parents are struggling with the problem of being home to get their children off to school, and being home to greet them after school. â€œNowadays people often feel that their private lives are a series of trapsâ€ (Mills), they have a hard time coping with the idea that their families come second to the job. Some jobs now have come up with different ways people can balance work and family.
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This program benefits both the employers and the parents.
Job sharing is another way of increasing productivity amongst the parents. Job sharing is a flexible work arrangement where the responsibilities of a full-time position are split between two people. Job sharing offers many benefits to companies which allows for a full work load to get finished and allowing parents the opportunity to switch off and have more time to spend at home with their family. Similar to job-sharing is another program call flextime. With flextime the parents are allowed to set their schedules around their childâ€™s schedule. Parents can choose when they work can now see their children off in the morning or be there in the afternoon to greet their children home. Flextime benefits both parents; they can set their schedules so that one parent is home will the other parent is at work. That way all bases are covered when it comes to the benefit of the child.
Family and medical leave act (FMLA) is one of the newest benefits that has become available to parents today. This allows a parent to a total of 12 workweeks of unpaid leave during any 12-month period for the birth and care of a new baby, take medical leaves when the employee is unable to work because of serious health problem, or leave a job to take care of a sick child, spouse, or any other family member. This program allows for ease of mind with an employee to take care of their business and not worry about being laid off.
According to Mills, â€œmen and women now hope to grasp what is going on in the world, and understand what is happening in themselvesâ€. The only way they can grasp these problems is by balancing work and family. With jobs coming up with ways to help the parents grasp this problem they are both benefiting their employees and their families.
Mills, Wright C. â€œThe Sociological Imaginationâ€ Chapter One: The Promise (1959)