Faulhaber on Work vs. Family

Thomas Faulhaber, founder and editor of The Business Forum, discusses the conflicts between work responsibilities and family obligations in a nice little essay.  He concludes that emerging businesses may be in a better position to balance these competing, valid priorities:

The emerging company is often better able to accommodate these discordant family and business demands. It can implement and maintain more flexible policies, respond to special situations and family crises with personal sensitivity and compassion, and foster a healthy corporate culture. Public policy continues to promote family formation. The emerging company is positioned to meet these newly-perceived conflicts between the old and the new in innovative and uniquely human ways.

For Faulhaber’s “Job Responsibilities vs. Family Obligations”: http://www.businessforum.com/jobfamily.html

2 responses

  1. Mr. Faulhaber’s consideration of the value of family is heartening, but it reminds me of something even more fundamental to our survival as a nation.

    The Hand That Rocks The Cradle Is The Hand That Rules The World” is a poem by William Ross Wallace that praises motherhood as the preeminent force for change in the world. The poem was first published in 1865 under the title “What Rules The World”.

    Blessings on the hand of women!
    Angels guard its strength and grace,
    In the palace, cottage, hovel,
    Oh, no matter where the place;
    Would that never storms assailed it,
    Rainbows ever gently curled;
    For the hand that rocks the cradle
    Is the hand that rules the world.
    Infancy’s the tender fountain,
    Power may with beauty flow,
    Mother’s first to guide the streamlets,
    From them souls unresting grow—
    Grow on for the good or evil,
    Sunshine streamed or evil hurled;
    For the hand that rocks the cradle
    Is the hand that rules the world. Woman, how divine your mission
    Here upon our natal sod!
    Keep, oh, keep the young heart open
    Always to the breath of God!
    All true trophies of the ages
    Are from mother-love impearled;
    For the hand that rocks the cradle
    Is the hand that rules the world.
    Blessings on the hand of women!
    Fathers, sons, and daughters cry,
    And the sacred song is mingled
    With the worship in the sky—
    Mingles where no tempest darkens,
    Rainbows evermore are hurled;
    For the hand that rocks the cradle
    Is the hand that rules the world.

    It is one thing to view our lives from the perspective of the profit motive. It is an entirely other exercise to view work life from a lifespan and generational perspective. I submit that it is the responsibility of business and government to ensure the well being of individuals and their families who trade their time for sustainance in the achievement of corporate and governmental goals. And what are these goals? Continuation. Success. Prosperity. But, for who?
    I have dealt with many, many hundreds of families who did not do a good job at “rocking their cradles”. I’ve come to witness that the cause of this breakdown has been a break in the social contract between individuals and their society.
    It is my hope that we will understand better the interrelationships between individuals, family and workplaces so as to reduce risk and maximize prosperity for ALL involved.

    • Greg, thank you for that response. The question of how the more human priorities unfold is going to be paramount during the coming years, as we attempt to recover from this economic meltdown and deal with an aging population. I’m not sure whether to be optimistic or pessimistic about how we’ll respond…

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