Peacemaking in Our Own Offices
Fifty-two percent of employees say that job demands interfere with family or home responsibilities, while 43% say that home and family responsibilities interfere with job performance (American Psychological Association, 2007)(cited in the APA's Psychologically Healthy Workplace Fact Sheet)
When I read this statistic yesterday, I wondered if the data would be different in a survey of law firms. Based on my own anecdotal evidence, my guess is yes. The design of the workplace and the structure of the workday embed conflict with family responsibilities.
In the spirit of this website, I'd like to ask the question:
What if lawyers were peacemakers in their own workplaces, creating solutions to work-family conflict?
Please chime in in the comments.