Why you can’t stop checking your email

(CNN)We’re drowning in email. We check it incessantly — more than half of American workers check email at least once an hour. And at night. And on weekends. And on vacation. The compulsion to constantly check, respond, clean out and keep on top of an overflowing inbox is actually making us stressed out, distracted, miserable […]

New America Care Report finds child care doesn’t work for anyone

In the past 50 years, the experience of the American family has undergone a sea change. In the mid-twentieth century, breadwinner-homemaker families were not only more the norm, but held up as the ideal. Today, there is no one “typical” American family. And in a majority of families with children under 18, all parents work […]

Beyond Inbox Zero: The science of work-life balance

Tara Oakman knows what it’s like to work in a high stress, adrenaline-fueled, always-on 21st century workplace. A few years back, she was up against tough deadlines, intense public scrutiny, and the pressure of creating a massive new federal program from scratch as director of a team overseeing implementation of some key elements of the […]

Where Child Care is an Economic Engine

Despite boasting one of the nation’s first universal pre-k programs, parents in Georgia still struggle to make sense of the dollars and cents of the state’s early care. At the end of a long day of work at a small sports-marketing firm in Atlanta, a very pregnant Micki Velmer is driving to pick up her […]

Business Insider: My top productivity tip? Compassion

“My top productivity tip? Compassion. Wait, what? Aren’t productivity tips typically about shifting mindset, single tasking, deep focus, working in pulses, and a host of other useful tools? Yes. And all those tools can help us be fantastically productive, effective, and even more creative. “But what compassion recognizes is that we’re human. We’re going to […]

Fast Company: 10 Expert Tips to make 2017 your most productive year yet

WRITE A ONE-ITEM TO-DO LIST “This past year, my work became infinitely more complex,” says Brigid Schulte, author of Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time, who now directs the Better Life Lab at the think tank New America. Her solution? Scrapping her long, unfinished to-do lists and replacing them with […]

Fix the wage gap with transparency

FOR MOST OF my career as a journalist, I’ve had no idea whether I made as much money as my male colleagues with equal education, experience, performance, and that ineffable and often highly subjective quality, “talent.” In many newsrooms, like much of corporate America, talking about pay is either actively discouraged, prohibited, or simply not […]

To solve child care, let’s pick up where we left off in 1971

The current child care system in the United States isn’t working well for anyone, even though the majority of children in the United States are being raised in families where all parents work for pay, and the majority of children have, since the 1990s, been in some form of “non-maternal” care from the age of […]

A modern paid family leave policy needs these three things

Paid leave is inevitable. The U.S. should learn from other countries how to do it right.

A brief history of how we think about motherhood

The pressure on moms has never been higher