In Breaking the Mold, Lotte Bailyn argues that society's
separation of work and family is no longer a tenable model for
employees or the organizations that employ them. Unless American
business is willing to radically rethink some of its basic
assumptions about work, career paths, and time, both employee and
employer will suffer in today's intensely competitive business
environment. Bailyn's message was bold when this book was
originally published in 1993. Now thoroughly updated to reflect the
latest developments in the organization of work, the demography of
the workforce, and attitudes toward the integration of work and
personal life, this second edition is even more compelling.
Bailyn finds that implementation of policies designed to allow
"flexibility" is rarely smooth and often results in gender
inequity. Using real-life cases to illustrate the problems
employees encounter in coordinating work and private life, she
details how corporations generally handle these problems and
suggests models for innovation. Throughout, she shows how the
structure and culture of corporate life could be changed to
integrate employees' other obligations and interests, and in the
process help organizations become more effective. Drawing on
international comparisons as well as many years of working with
organizations of various kinds, Bailyn emphasizes the need to
redesign work itself.
Breaking the Mold allows us to rethink the connections between
organizational processes and personal concerns. Implementation of
Bailyn's suggestions could help employees to become more effective
in all realms of their complicated lives and allow employing
organizations to engage their full productive potential.
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