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Work / Life Issues

Intuit customizes work/Life benefits by location

A traveling mammogram van visits software maker Intuit’s Tucson, Ariz., campus once a year, while a mobile dental office stops at the company’s Mountain View, Calif., campus every week. Each of the company’s major campuses features different perks, depending on “what’s the most meaningful for that particular population,” says Jim Grenier …

Consulting firm keeps young workers with ‘Short’ hours, communication

Censeo Consulting grooms young employees for long careers with the five-year-old Washington, D.C., company through frequent feedback and flexibility. Managers do their best to tailor the jobs so they suit the talents and career goals of each of the company’s 40 employees.

Tapped-out accountants get work/life help in tax season


The children of Crowe Chizek and Co. accountants stay with baby sitters every Saturday morning during tax season, and their parents don’t pay. “We try to do everything we can to help them manage their work/life responsibilities,” Jane Hoff, HR leader, says …

Cash, inexpensive services aid ‘Fools’ at financial advising firm

Employees at The Motley Fool, a financial advising company, know a thing or two about money. That’s why the Alexandria, Va.-based organization hands each of its 180 employees $1,200 a year in “fool dollars” to spend on tuition, insurance, home Internet service, PDAs and other perks …

USAA’s wellness message resonates with employees

More than 85% of USAA’s employees have signed up for its wellness program, which focuses on nutrition, exercise, disease prevention and smoking cessation. San Antonio-based USAA also offers employees an annual health risk appraisal and free health screenings …

Plan ahead for this year’s ‘Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work’ Day


The fourth Thursday of every April is Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, so this year it falls on April 24. To head off requests and confusion about whether or when the kids can come, establish some ground rules …

Simple ways to boost employee loyalty

More cash and benefits are great, but a new book, Empowering Employees, says these four incentives go further to win employees’ hearts …

New state law supports breastfeeding mothers

Gov. Mitch Daniels has signed into law a new bill protecting breastfeeding mothers at work. The law, authored by state Sen. Vi Simpson, requires businesses with 25 or more employees to make a reasonable effort to provide a private place for mothers to express breast milk …

New Indiana law means no more crying over expressed milk

Indiana is about to join 14 other states that already have enacted laws to support breastfeeding women by protecting their right to express milk in the workplace. Starting July 1, 2008, Indiana companies that employ at least 25 workers will be required to provide certain basic facilities for women to express breast milk during the working day …

Think beyond scheduling when adding flexibility


When many business people and HR pros think of offering employees flexibility in balancing work and life issues, they think in terms of providing scheduling options. But in small businesses, that’s often a deal breaker. Instead, think of flexibility as a broad strategy for business success …