Investing in the Workplace and the Working Parent

Babson faculty explain the evolution of being a working parent and share the benefits of running a business like an investment.

The Challenges for a Working Parent Don’t Stop During Teen Years

Professor Danna Greenberg and alumna Jamie Shapiro Ladge ’95, co-authors of Maternal Optimism: Forging Positive Paths through Work and Motherhood, wrote a Harvard Business Review story on the need for a shift in perception of parenting responsibilities as children age. Titled “How Being a Working Parent Changes as Children Grow Up,“ it discusses the pull between career and family for working parents, regardless of how old their children are, and why companies should provide flexibility and support as working mothers parent children throughout the teenage years. “Our research has consistently found that parenthood is a continually evolving path and each parent’s experiences and needs are unique,” Greenberg and Ladge wrote. “Being a parent doesn’t end, it just changes form.”

Improving Workplace Environments with Raj Sisodia and Bob Rivers

Professor of Global Business Raj Sisodia and Eastern Bank Chairman and CEO Bob Rivers will host a conversation next month at Babson Boston following the publication of Sisodia’s book, The Healing Organization. Sisodia and Rivers will discuss the book’s case studies of improving workplace environments to the benefit of employees, customers, and stakeholders. The fireside chat, which will be followed by a reception and book signing, is scheduled for November 19.

Five Ways to Treat a Business Like an Investment

Management lecturer Peter Cohan outlined in an Inc.story why entrepreneurs should treat their business like an investment and listed five ways to make it pay off. By managing a business like an investment, entrepreneurs can take actions that can boost growth while avoiding risks that could lead to failure. Cohan advised business owners to estimate their odds of failure, identify a counteraction plan to the risks, and if necessary, pursue a different business strategy.

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