The Company 's Family Friendly Policies

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Some of Hochschild’s surprises when she came to study Americo that, while Americo advertised itself as a company which gave its employee’s (particularly employees with families) a great deal of leeway to design their schedules “Of all employees with children thirteen and under, only 3 percent worked part time. One percent shared a job...used flex-place. A third...used flex time but many were simply moving the same nine- or ten-hour workday around their schedules (Hochschild, xviii).” In short, what was most surprising to Hochchild was not only the pressures they must encounter at home, but the curious effect on their values and their valuation of time to meet the demands of the working world at Americo, which seemed to contradict the company’s family-friendly policies (Hochschild, xviii). ============ Hochschild also provides a number of surprising and relevant statistics about women in the labor market. For instance, 45% of people coming to work these days are women and, furthermore, “the majority of women workers are mothers (Hochschild, xix).” Hochschild goes on to futher note that “...55 percent with children one and under are in paid work, about half of them full time (Hochschild, xix).” But what is perhaps even more striking is that “Fifty-five percent of working women now earn about half or more of family income: 18 percent of those provide it all (Hochschild, xix).” And even though there are increasing numbers of women (including mothers) in the workplace,
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