National Work and Family Month

The Council on Women and Girls is happy to highlight President Obama’s Press Statement on National Work and Family Month found below. In his statement, President Obama emphasizes the importance of having more flexible policies in our nation's workplace.

Workplace Flexibility is a priority for the Obama Administration as well as for the Council on Women and Girls. Please read Valerie Jarrett’s post on the White House’s Workplace Flexibility Forum. In Valerie’s post, you can find the President’s Council on Economic Advisors Work-Life Balance and the Economics of Workplace Flexibility report . You can also watch First Lady Michelle Obama’s opening remarks on her own struggles to balance her career and family commitments, as well as her experience as a manager who implemented more flexible work policies. 

 

THE WHITE HOUSE


Office of the Press Secretary

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                            October 25, 2010

Statement by the President on National Work and Family Month


National Work and Family Month serves as a reminder to all of us, especially working caregivers, their families, and their employers, that while we have made great strides as a nation to adopt more flexible policies in the workplace, there’s more we can do. Millions of Americans continue to struggle day-in and day-out to balance work and family life – to juggle their job responsibilities with caring for a child, an elderly relative, or a loved one with a disability. This is something Michelle and I understand – it wasn’t too long ago that we were both working full-time outside the home while raising two young daughters.

There are steps we can all take to help – implementing practices like telework, paid leave, and alternative work schedules – and my Administration is committed to doing its part to help advance these practices across the country. And within the federal government, we have followed the lead of many private sector companies when it comes to increasing workplace flexibility. Because at the end of the day, attracting and retaining employees who are more productive and engaged through flexible workplace policies is not just good for business or for our economy – it’s good for our families and our future.

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