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Becky Skehan-Passie

Work Life Fit AKA Flex+Strategy Group - 1 views

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    Website Overview:

    Flex+Strategy Group's website is extremely basic and clean, showing employers that they don't want to waste their time or dazzle them with showiness. The website is easy to find one's way around and is laid out in more of a site map fashion than anything else and it has very few embedded photos. This appearance says, "we don't need smoke and mirrors, we get you results." They present their mission statement, in a dissected way on one page, that quickly describes benefits which specifically cater to the employer as opposed to the employee, which I find very smart. They include links to a few actual business plans they created and implemented for their clientele, which includes huge corporations that everyone's heard of such as Quaker/Tropicana and the U.S Navy. Who wouldn't want to participate in a plan that such successful companies have implemented? To the left as you click through the website are non-invasive testimonials super imposed over the words "transform, inspire, move." There are tabs along the top to help you drill down, more specifically, to other areas or, depending on who you are, portals that apply to just you.

    Intended Audience:

    The intended audience is obviously employers who may be curious about flexing their staff but most likely have a somewhat closed-minded approach because the website is very much trying to sell whoever is looking at it on the idea and the fact that they need a consulting service to accomplish the task.

    Relationship to work, family, community class:

    A large portion of our class was spent discussing the points at which families and work intersect and how they are usually an inverse property to one another and how more time spent at one detracts from the other in a negative way. We've read about how our society is affected when employers are not understanding about people needing to be home for their children at certain times and in certain instances and also to care for
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    the aging of the society. There seems to be an impasse here and if large companies would just embrace this type of business model, how much the quality of life would improve for so many and how business would be affected in a positive way with increased morale and productivity and profit. Children would be properly cared for and crime would decline. Unemployment would decrease. Families would become stronger. It seems like a vital subject to talk about in relation to this class, because if all US companies had this type of policy, I believe we wouldn't have much to talk about in this class.
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    This was a great website Becky! The Credit Union that I work for recently acquired a Credit Union in California that offered a great deal of flexibility in the workplace. They offered babies in the workplace, flexible schedules, and people to work out of their homes to save them an hour commute. The employees really appreciated that their employer put their needs first.
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    This is an OUTSTANDING website and I am so glad you shared this with us. I really particularly liked the "tips" for individuals. It is so true when they say small changes in your "fit" can make a difference and that you often don't want to work less, but differently. Even small changes can make a big difference. I'm reminded of the "Amerco" employees we read about who, even with flexible workplace options, still ended up working long hours. Even tweaking things a bit can make a big difference. I remember when I once had to start work at 7:15 a.m. My daughter was experiencing a lot of challenges and, due to me having to get to work so early, she often had to make it to school on her own. Because of this, she was late to class many times due to falling back asleep after I woke her up. When I dropped her off at school, she would have to wait outside (in the freezing cold during winter) for over half an hour before someone could let her inside the building. My work start time really caused me a lot of anxiety regarding my daughter... either worrying that she was alone in the cold or sleeping in bed when she should have been on her way to school.

    I asked my boss if I could change my start time to 7:30 and stay 15 minutes later. She agreed and things worked out to where I was able to drop my daughter off at the bus stop where many of her classmates also waited for the bus. That greatly eased my stress level and anxiety over my daughter's safety. Just something as simple as starting work 15 minutes later worked wonders.
zach whitmore

How to be a Dad - 1 views

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    This website is dedicated to helping children improve their lives by allowing them to grow up with committed and involved fathers. This is a great website because unfortunately it is the father that is not involved in the kids life if one of the parents is not. This site tries to educate fathers on the importance of their role in their child's life. They appear on tv or on the website. the site has a dads club and an email so that they can get all the information on being a better father. They will send out weekly hints and emails to the fathers to help them out. According to the site one out of three children live in fatherless houses. This is a big deal because female only houses have a poverty rate of almost 40 percent while married households are only at 8 percent. This shows how important it is to have a father in the household. It is just too hard trying to raise a child on your own.
    This website is for fathers of any age. It is there to help them understand the importance of them to their child's life.
    This is relevant because to have a proper family you have to have a father in the house. It is very hard as a mother to be the breadwinner and the caregiver as well at the same time basically. I feel like this website can help to show how important a father is to the household in general as well as the child. No father wants their child to grow up in a poverty filled life so they need to take responsibility and raise the children that they have.
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    Very well done. After researching the website more, I discovered some eye opening statistics, such as one out of three children live in biological father-absent homes. Children in father-absent homes are five times more likely to be poor. A child with a nonresident father is 54 percent more likely to be poorer than his or her father. It just supports how important it is to equip and educate fathers, which is at the core of our nation's well-being.
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    Hi Zach,
    I really liked the website you picked. I also liked your review, but I have to disagree that, "it is the father that is not involved in the kids life if one of the parents is not," because I have 3 male friends who have sole custody of their children due to absentee mothers; one child has special needs. I can attest to the fact that it is just as hard being a single father, if not harder, than a single mother, because I think as a society we have a prejudice against men playing a traditionally female role, at least that is the picture that was painted in a lot of our lessons this year. Women probably have a lot more support than men do, either because men are not welcome (picture a single dad at an all mommy playgroup) or they are embarrassed to ask for help. I enjoyed that, though this site is tailored to fathers, there's a lot of information that is practical for any parent. The part that I found really touched me was the section for double duty dads; dad's that already have one family but pledge to mentor another family that doesn't have a father figure. There are no words for what a loving and self sacrificing role that is for that man to play. I would hope my husband would participate in a site like this if I wasn't around, at least for support alone; the articles and forums are great! He has me to research and obsess over our parenting currently. I love that there is a resource just for dads. Both your and Kenneth's statistics were shocking and eye opening. I had no idea.
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    This is a great site and great topic. I agree that there needs to be more emphasis placed on the role of fathers in the context of family. I like the idea that there are parenting resources geared for dads and a system of support. I think more fathers would get involved in their children's lives if they felt comfortable and had some support or encouragement to do so.

    At the same time, I think some of the facts cited by the website are slanted toward a particular point of view. Though I do think, for the most part, children benefit from growing up in two-parent homes, they are not always the ideal. For instance, the site says, "A study of 3,400 middle schoolers indicated that not living with both biological parents quadruples the risk of having an affective disorder." Maybe there is a correlation (not causation) between living with both biological parents and affective disorders. However, were adoptive children taken into consideration? Do that parents have to be biological? What if there is a step-parent in the home? Does that reduce the risk of developing particular disorders? It seems a little vague and slanted to me.
Kimetrice Tate

Women Employed - 0 views

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    Women Employed is a non-profit advocacy organization that is working to improve the conditions of working women, especially in the areas of economic and educational opportunities. Women Employed has fought against pregnancy discrimination and sexual harassment, while supporting better work/family benefits for working women. The website discusses major workplace issues affecting women, provides likes to resources regarding workplace rights, and seeks to be a vehicle for networking between other women. Visitors can also donate to the group and become a member via the website, as well.

    The intended audience for this site is clearly working women who are struggling in the employment area, whether in terms of compensation or in the area of work/family benefits. Someone who wanted to improve their career options or outlook would benefit from this website. Additionally, those who simply want to know what their rights in the workplace are would also learn some beneficial information. Information on workplace rights and why "work isn't working" is ready available and easily accessible to the general public. The website highlights several facts, including the fact that there are 30 million low-wage workers (defined as workers earning less than $8.70/hr or $16,704 per year). Of those 30 million, 60% are women. According to this site, only a third of workers have paid sick time to take care of their children and over three-fourths of the lowest paid workers have NO paid sick time at all.

    I find this website pretty credible. They seem to be basing their facts upon government statistics, including those from the Labor Department. Though visitors are asked to donate to the group's efforts, no donation is required to access the information or resources. The website's initiatives are also very positive and very needed ones: promoting equal pay for equal work, promoting work/family balance, strengthening Affirmative Action policies (which include women), and en
Becky Skehan-Passie

Children's Defense Fund - 4 views

Kaci, Thank you for bringing this website to our attention. With everything we've learned in this class I was really discouraged about the state of child care for working parents. I hated to hear a...

Christine Cruz

9 to 5 - 0 views

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    According to 9to5's about us section their "priority campaign is to win family-friendly policies for low-wage women. In the coming year, we'll focus on expanding family and medical leave benefits." While they appear to be making honest attempts towards this end they do not appear to be making actual progress. In their mission and history section they take credit for the Civil Rights Act of 1991. They don't explain how they are connected to this legislation, but I can't imagine that they were a key party in its implementation, as they don't offer any supporting facts.

    Their intended audience is low wage working women, who ironically don't necessarily or often work a nine to five schedule. At its core 9to5 seems to be a group of well-meaning women who want to support low wage earners when they need legal assistance. Besides their local, grassroots advocacy I believe their most effective resource is actually the legal assistance hotline they offer.
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    This website sounds interesting. Yes, it is easy for them to say that they are connected with the Civil Rights Act of 1991, but I, too, would like to know how. The only thing I would suggest is to maybe look more into the Civil Rights Act an find some similarities that the Act provides and the website. Thanks.
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    I agree this website sounds like they've taken quite a few liberties. Giving themselves credit for the Civil Rights Act of 1991 without any facts to back themselves up seems very bold. There is a good though behind the site, just not well executed.
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    It is hard to not support an organizaiton when 44 million American workers do not get paid sick days from their employers. In tough economic times, many workers simply cannot afford to stay out of work until they get well. Some employers will even fire workers for taking time off when they or their kids are sick, which is i believe flat wrong.
Becky Skehan-Passie

Wellesley Women's Center - 0 views

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    Website Overview:

    This website's motto spells out what this webpage is about, "A World That is Good For Women is Good For Everyone." This organization believes that furthering pursuits of, and bettering the lives of, women will benefit society and the greater good. The website outlines how they do this, through studies, seminars and education and action and assitance programs, not necessarily just benefitting women but as the site says, "put(ting) women's perspectives at the center of inquiry."

    Intended Audience:

    The intended audience that this website is attempting mostly to appeal to are philanthropists; those who would be sympathetic to their cause and who would donate money to further it and also those who would spread the word about them, though, it also looks as though they are simultaneously attempting to target educators and/or those who would be educated, to get them on board with what they are doing with the hopes of spreading their theories. There is a calendar of events page that lists several upcoming seminars relating to their work and findings.

    Relationship to work, family, community class

    Women in the workforce, as well as in familial roles, and everything in between, were extensively discussed this semester. Women seem to shoulder a lot of the responsibility for society's problems, whether warranted or unwarranted, especially in relation to children and working mothers. We have learned that women's roles are still fiercely debated to this day and that even people who are for working mothers have completely different thoughts about what it means to treat a woman "equally." Should women be treated no differently than men at work or should those women who wish to be recognized as different than men have schedules and benefits tailored to their needs, otherwise referred to as being placed on the "mommy track" which is referenced in our text written by Ann Bookman? This seems to be happening on a case by case basis excep
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    t where the government steps in, such as FMLA time vs. maternity leave which sometimes only applies to the person who physically had the child (a mother) or parental leave which usually includes a male parent. Women, whether working or not were vital to our class discussions, whether it pertained to the work force or the family dynamic and therefore, this website, that promotes the betterment of women is absolutely relevant to our class.
Kenneth Martin

Blue Suit Moms - 0 views

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    The website offers guidance on family, career, money, health, food and travel, as well as sponsoring seminars and online radio shows.

    The advice provided is purely aimed at women in the workplace who earn a high income and also who are at an executive level. The information is easily obtainable by the public however since much of the advice and material is applicable for the high income earners, is not as useful for the average working mom.

    The information provided is not that credible or recognized by any reputable organizations, nor do I find any supporting documentation. Most of the information is publicized via social media outlets, such as FaceBook and Twitter, which I think says a lot about the intentions of the website.


    In researching further, I found that the co-founder, Maria Bailey, wrote a book so it appears to me that this website is more of a promotional tool to sell books.

    While there is some useful information and advice on the website, because of the lack of backing of any reputable organizations, it is challenging for me to believe in the information. I really think the website is used as a marketing tool rather than a resource for the intended audience.
Kaci Osborne

Texas Work and Family Clearing house - 1 views

http://www.twc.state.tx.us/ The Texas Work and Family Clearinghouse provide information to employees, employers, policymakers, and the public on different work-family programs. This website offer...

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Kenneth Martin

Families and Work Institute (FWI) - 0 views

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    The website provides studies and research publications about the changing workforce, family and community, focusing on three major areas: the workplace, youth and early childhood.

    The site is geared and aimed toward American employers, working parents, and community members. Most of the publications relate to the workplace and family, thus the website clearly lends itself to the parent workforce. The material is definitely accessible and readable for the public, with most of the content available for download via the website.

    The information provided is verifiably credible. Much of their research is used and supported by the US government. They also have some of the largest and most comprehensive studies about the US workforce and its impact on US families, how employers are responding to the changing workforce, workplace flexibility, and multiple other major projects. In addition, FWI is contently quoted and appears in the news everyday in the top media markets in the country. Some of the media agencies, include, The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, Washing Post, Bloomberg, as well the top US blog sites such as Motherlode, The Daily Beast, Care2, and many others.

    Overall it does not appear as there is a hidden agenda or motive for their reports, rather their work is aimed at shaping the work-life movement by raising the awareness about work-life issues with policymakers to support agents of change in business, early childhood and youth development, education and community engagement.

    What I took away from researching FWI website, is how active they are and how many their reports are either viewed or downloaded. On average their reports are downloaded 123 times per day, which is very impressive.
Taylor Ely

Foundation for Child Development - 0 views

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    The Foundation for Child Development is a philanthropy that is dedicated to the principle of all families having all materials necessary to raise their children to be healthy, educated, and productive members of society. The website includes an "About Us" and an "Our Work" sections that describe what the foundation does and includes links to programs the foundations supports. The website is informative and only slightly persuasive. There was tons of information that include current efforts being made, historical data, and information on how to get involved made available but few towards persuading the visitor. The only thing I might consider slightly persuasive was the links to programs the foundation supports.

    I am not sure if there is an intended audience. There was no indication or hint towards one but if I had to choose an audience it would be parents or any adult interested in assisting the foundation in whatever way possible. The website though was very general and provided thorough knowledge and information accessible to anyone.

    The website is defiantely credible. Though I cannot designate an author for the website, all material and resources are cited, dated, and current and easily accessible and readily available. Under the "Resource" tab there is also a library search the visitor can conduct as well as related articles that are also cited and dated. There is also a "Contact" tab that supplys an email, telephone, and address for further questions, comments, and concerns.

    From viewing the website I found several things related to work, family, and community that include the rising need for assistance in the area of education and volunteer opportunties. The FCD started out as a voluntary agency that worked with AACC and continues to volunteer in whatever way they can in communties.
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    The website looks like a great source for some original research. Their intended audience is not very clearly spelled out, but given their research and focus, I believe their target audience are decision makers and stakeholders in school systems. Their research on education, prinicpals, and leadership in schools are all very targeted forms of leadership that hopefully can help schools make better decisions, and provide better leadership for their teachers.
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    I think this website could be a great help. It provides information that can be helpful to childhood development. I like how you talked about the need for assistance in education because this is definitely true. I like that it has a contact tab so that you can ask them any other questions that you have. Great Review!!
Chigozie Umeadi

Unmarried America Website - 1 views

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    The unmarried America website is a website that attempts to offer advice and information for what they say is the 104 unmarried people within the United States of America. They offer articles within their library about health, lifestyle, workplace, legal issues. They also offer updates about how unmarried people can gain more knowledge about subjects that affect them. As it obviously states throughout the website, the information is targeted to unmarried single people within the United States. The information offered on the website seems to be available to everyone.

    Although the information offered on this website seems very helpful and credible, the web design of the website limits its credibility. Also, the fact that the website does not seem to be updated on a regular basis. They seem to only add new stories every couple months. Although the website posses over 6,500 pages of information for unmarried people it all does not seem current. The fact that the people who run the website consider it a "non profit information service," gives the notion that they are credible individuals who really aim to provide real trustworthy information. The website does have an online library which helps provide a resource for information.

    While exploring the website I did notice that unmarried people do make up a large amount of our population. They do make a difference when it comes to voting about issues that affect them. According to an article that took statistics from the U.S. census unmarried households are the dominant living arrangement's within the United States. I was really surprised to find this out. Overall the website still offers some solid information even though it does not seem up to date.
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    I really liked this review. I had no idea that unmarried people make up so much of the population. I like how you even noticed how the website is not updated very often. Great Review!
zach whitmore

Families and Work Institute - 0 views

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    I like this website because it gives a wide range of information. What I do not like about it is that it is not real easy to access. To get it you have to call a phone number because most of it is not on the website. I feel like this website can help families in many ways. It talks about parenting, the workforce, and the workplace. This site is targeted to about any adult male or female.
    It is very relevant to our class. It talks about how to separate work life from the family life. I think this has been lost in many families today because the two almost seem to run together. The site also shares information on how to discipline children as well as parenting information. This site can just about help you with any problem that you may have in your life. It also just goes to show that you are not alone in your problems because there are many other people on there that have the same problems. I also liked that they have seminars scheduled where they will show the information that they have gathered if you are interested in going.
zach whitmore

National Organization For Women - 1 views

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    Website Name: National Organization for Women (NOW)
    URL: www.now.org

    Website Overview:
    NOW was established on June 30, 1966 in Washington, D.C., by people attending the Third National Conference of the Commission on the Status of Women. The National Organization for Women is the largest organization of feminist activists in the United States, with 500,000 contributing members. NOW's goal has been to bring about equality for all women. NOW tries to eliminate discrimination and harassment in the workplace, schools, and all other parts of society. The National Organization for Women tries to secure abortion, provide birth control and reproductive rights for all women, end violence against women, eliminate sexism, and promote equality and justice in our society. NOW's goal is to bring women into full participation in society. This includes: sharing equal rights, responsibilities and opportunities with men, while living free from discrimination.

    Intended Audience:
    The National Organization for Women's intended audience is women all across the world. It is organized of feminist activists that work to maintain equality in women and men. NOW tries to get their goals across using: marches, rallies, pickets, counter-demonstrations, intensive lobbying, grassroots political organizing and litigation. Anyone who supports NOW's mission is welcome to help support their group in rallying or other options around the world.
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    Relationship to work, family, community class:
    NOW relates to work in the sense that they strive for equality and social justice between women and men. If workplaces are allowing women to perform the same duties as men, this can allow families to ensure higher income for the women. The National Organization for Women, globally and locally, tries to bring equal rights for women and men. Allowing equal rights can help communities prevent sexism or discrimination. Among NOW's 28 founders, was the first president, Betty Friedan, author of The Feminine Mystique. This website has supported documentation to back up its main points, such as being active in today's society. NOW lets women across the world get involved in the equal rights movement for women and allows them to communicate with each other on similar interests.

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    As being a female, I found this website very interesting. I did not realize the amount of members that participate daily in this movement. I read more about how you can become involved and what it entails. After reading all about it, I am going to try and join and becoming a member.
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    NOW is an effective organization that has stuck to their principles and aggressively pursued their goals. An interesting side note, Betty Friedan was from Peoria, IL, where a few of us from the class live. It is hard to imagine a feminist pioneer coming from this area and the challenges she must have faced.
Melissa Aguilar

CARE.COM Resource for Families, Companies, and Caregivers - 1 views

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    Care.com is an excellent resource that I personally have used for years and have referred many people to. Basically, care.com is a website which helps families find and hire caretakers of all kinds: nannies, babysitters, last minute back-up childcare, elderly care, pet sitters, special needs care, housekeeping, and even "care gigs" which might include help with errands like grocery shopping or other random help. Of course, this means job opportunities for those being hired as well. Users report that the candidates found through the website are generally higher-quality candidates than those found through agencies because there is a wider base. Anyone can join care.com for free! Families and caregivers can create profiles and post jobs. Background checks can be purchased through the website either by caregivers or by families who are interested in hiring a caregiver who has not purchased a background check. Caregivers can upgrade their profiles for $20 a month which enables them to actually contact families about jobs based on their profiles before the families even post a job, and the caregivers can then also post about their desired job and even be featured as a "featured area caregiver" in search results. There are also articles about hiring a caregiver/finding a care job, and hotlines to call for advice.
    Also, there is a branch of care.com called "workplace solutions" for companies which hire care.com to help them meet their employees care needs by offering custom-designed websites, seminars, and other help to easily connect caregivers with employees of that company. Care.com reports that "as a result of using the care.com employee benefit" there are shown to be advantages such as: "92% of employees can focus better at work with their family's care needs met", "More than 91% feel more positively regarding their employer", and "More than 60% have been able to improve their focus and work more hours". A few of the companies listed as us
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    I guess my post was too long, it was cut off, here is the rest:

    A few of the companies listed as using care.com workplace solutions include Hallmark, Google, Michigan State University, Santa Clara University, Disney publishing, and facebook.
    Personally, I have spent the last year providing care from my own home for children of families that I met through care.com. Care.com provides a great resource for families, helping them to find quality child care at a rate they can agree on with the caretaker. It helps companies because when employees have their care needs met, they are less distracted at work and their home-work transitions are smoother with reliable childcare. It provides families with options more flexible than daycare, because they have the ability to post a job asking a caregiver to work exactly the hours that they need the most, even if that means third shift. Care.com is not responsible for any under-qualified caregiver because members have to recognize that care.com is not responsible for this when they sign up. I feel that care.com is a very credible website. They are not non-profit, but make profits from background checks, premium memberships, and partnerships with companies through their workplace solutions program. Care.com does not seem to have any sponsors, they only advertise for their own services.
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    I forgot to mention that you can find a tutor through care.com, or of course seek a tutoring job.
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    What an excellent resource for parents! I am not a parent, but the majority of my friends are. Finding quality childcare proves to be quite a challenge, and there is still concern. WIth the website offering back ground checks and referrals you would really get a sense of security that your child is in a safe place.
Adam Towne

United Auto Workers - 3 views

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    The United Auto Workers is a union formed for workers in the automobile industry, as the name implies. However, the UAW has expanded its influence and is now helping workers in many different industries to unionize. The website has two main focuses, organizing workers to form new unions and helping workers who are already members to find ways to be active in promoting workers rights. Activism is the larger section of the two focuses. Currently the UAW is working to promote the Occupy Wall Street movement, extending unemployment benefits, and the federal budget.

    The UAW website is aimed mostly at current union members, and at other workers who might be wishing to unionize.

    Unions have been a critical part of the labor movement in the past that curbed many industry abuses. In modern days unions have become more controversial, but for many workers in low skill jobs, collective bargaining can be one of their most effective tools for gaining more benefits like sick time and paid leave.

    I believe that unions like the UAW are the other hope for better work environments, in comparison to my other site about Results Only Work Environments. ROWE represents the best hope I have, where management trusts its workers. But ROWE requires a lot of trust from management, and if management does not trust its workers, then collective action may be the best course for workers to gain the rights they need to take care of their work and their families.
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    The one thing Karl Marx did not see and the reason why communism was thwarted, unions. This site possible can have a strong appeal to the working class citizen. As i read between the lines of this web site, they are promoting the values for a functioning family unit---employment, solidarity and health. The interface and functionality is pretty simple and from this one can assume who the target market is.
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    This website sounds very useful, especially for people in unions or wants to partake in them. I am happy to hear that they are active and are pursuing their focuses. Great post!
Caitlin G.

Working Mother - 4 views

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    Website Overview:
    Workingmother.com was established in 1979. When you're a working mother, you need all the help you can get in order to achieve any semblance of work- life balance. Working mothers is a great website to turn to when in need of tips and advice about situations you are facing. The website covers tips, ideas, and inspiration to help working moms balance household, family, and "me time". This website is all-encompassing and covers family life and work life. It also covers the "Three F's": fashion, finances, and food. Today, every working mother has her own bag of tricks, sanity techniques, or survival gear. They now have an indispensable new resource, The Working Mom Survival Guide. This survival guide entails anything from time-saving tips to family travel, as well as, food and nutrition.

    Intended Audience:
    The intended audience for workingmother.com is the average working mother in today's society. Today, 26 million mothers, more than 72% of all moms in the United States today, work full or part-time. These mothers need this website to help guide them along in balancing their work and family time. Working mothers can get on the website and learn tips on how to balance their family life and how to incorporate their career in a positive manner. This material is accessible to the general public on-line.

    Relationship to work, family, community class:
    When it comes to finding balance between work and family, everyone chooses a different path in life. Whether you chose to be a stay at home mom, work part-time, or work full-time, every mother has a different story. The website relates to work and family by showing how these working mothers can balance their work and family life together. It relates to community by giving all working mothers an opportunity to interact with each other on the website. The website let's working mothers share tips, advice, and ideas for balancing their everyday life. Workingmothers.com originates from the magazine W
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    Amber,
    I had a hard time navigating this site at first due to the overwhelming amount of information that is presented on the home page. However, once I found an area that I was interested in, I found many great tips and good advice on everything from saving time at home, helping organize home and office space, and what not to wear to the office this fall! One of the things I liked most about this website is that is does not seem to be 'pushing' any one agenda. Overall, I believe it as a vast collection of articles that can help a working mom with everything from clothes, health, fitness, children's behavior and more!
    Erika
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    Website Name: Working Mom Time-Saving Tips at Home and at Work

    URL: www.workingmother.com

    Continued ...... Workingmothers.com originates from the magazine Working Mothers. This website has supported documentation to back up its points.

    Comments:
    If I was a working mother, I would find myself on this website every day. It has a wide variety of information to help you out in any given situation. Other mothers share their ideas or recipes that you can use for your family household. I found this website very informative and useful.
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    This is a great resource. I used to get the magazine but had kind of forgotten about it in the past few years. As my job becomes more demanding I think I will begin utilizing this website some more. Thanks for sharing!
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    This site does it for me. I give it a big thumbs up. The reason why i am so impressed with this website is it's interface is easy to navigate and its functionality is sleek. Finally, it offers solutions to mothers how to supplement their income and live thrifty at the same time.
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    The Working Mother website has different categories such as tools for mothers, top time categories for mothers, blogs from moms, and an online organizer for busy mothers.
    With the title of the website in consideration, the intended audience would be working mothers. In other cases, this website could be appealing to single working fathers, or any other kind of guardian. A majority of the topics are revolve and focused directly to busy mothers who work and take care of the home. However, I also believe that this site could be useful to any busy parent. On another note, some tools and offers are feminine, such as fashion ideas, and beauty tips.
    This site has a lot of advertisement about projects for mothers to use, and make their lives better. Whereas the blogs are from users and authors of the website, which do have credible stories and experiences. The Working Mother website includes many different articles, blogs, tips, ideas, and much more to offer. One could find this site very useful, when used in a correct way.
    After reviewing this website, and looking back at what I have learned from Work, Family, and Community, I understand why sites like this exist. Mothers are trying to fulfill two huge roles now, businesswoman, and super mom. People are noticing this, and the stress that comes with it, so they build off that and create things, such as this site, to help the busy moms. This website is entertainment, along with useful information for those busy mothers.
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    I thought that some of the suggestions and articles I found at this website were great. It seems like they have a lot of helpful organizational tools and advice to offer working moms. One criticism I have is about the image that it projects that working moms should have. One of the top articles that you see right now when you go to their website is about top holiday fashions. Every item in their list is ridiculously expensive, for example, a $345 pencil skirt that the editors recommend and "love". Also, there is a list of the "Most Powerful Moms of 2011", and of course, who is featured as the first photo? A celebrity, Tina Fey. I'm not calling the website evil, I just thought I would point out that some of these little details may actually create more pressure on working moms. Not only do they need to balance work and family, but apparently they have to be able to afford the best clothes and compare themselves to celebrities.
Caitlin G.

Center for the Child Care Workforcec - 0 views

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    The Center for the Child Care Workforce focused their attention on a few categories in tabs on their page. These topics included; a home tab, about us, research and resources, take action, public policy, and news to use. The first thing one would notice on this website is their mission, "to improve the quality of early care and education for all children by promoting policy, research and organizing that ensure the early care and education workforce is well-educated, receives better compensation and a voice in their workplace." (Center for the Child Care Workforce). The point is to help others acknowledge that children need proper care, and how child care providers can do this effectively.
    The intended audience would be grown adults, specifically adults whom are involved in young children lives. The Center for the Child Care Workforce discusses how this group, "literally hold the future in [their] hands." (Center for the Child Care Workforce). What they are trying to say, is that it is the older generation, which needs to teach and provide education for the young generation, so they are knowledgeable. This website is good about providing all the information needed to understand their point and how they are trying to fulfill it.
    I believe that this site is credible. They provide many sources of where their focus came from. The Center for the Child Care Workforce, mentioned the Worthy Wage Campaign, stated as, "a grassroots effort led by child care teachers, family child care providers, school age teaching staff, Head Start teachers and others who work directly with children to mobilize to improve the compensation and work environments for the early care and education workforce." (Center for the Child Care Workforce). Many others points included, facts about "high-quality early childhood education programs results [and what] high-quality early childhood programs include." (Center for the Child Care Workforce). There are pdf files of
Melissa Aguilar

TWIGA Foundation: Inspiring, Promoting, & Maintaining Family Consciousness - 0 views

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    The TWIGA foundation is a consulting group in Bosie, Idaho which is "dedicated to being a voice for family consciousness to strengthen each individual's commitment to themselves, their family, their work-life, and their community". They seem to have many affiliations and programs, from "Block Fest", basically an advertisement for a kit which helps families teach their children cause and effect, and basic logic, math, and science skills, to affiliations with "Leadership to Keep Children Alcohol Free Foundation" and the "Alfred P. Sloan Foundation". They basically thrive on the consulting services offered to businesses who desire to be more family friendly and offer more flexibility in the employee's work schedules. This foundation can basically be hired by companies to help them become more family-friendly by measuring their employees needs and the company's needs, helping establish telecommuting employee programs, health and wellness programs, etc. Apparently "twiga" is Swahili for giraffe, their mascot of sorts, because giraffes apparently "are keenly aware of and protective of their young", "have the largest hearts of all land mammals", and "are the tallest animals in the world and exemplify great vision". The website is really very attractive and well-laid out and appears welcoming, friendly, and trusting. At first, I found it difficult to find out exactly what they "do", because there is so much "warm and fuzzy" information about helping families and promoting healthy, balanced lifestyles that I wasn't sure how the foundation was really accomplishing until I noticed the "Consulting Services" tab. The website is definitely intended for employers, and the foundation basically pulls together resources from here and there to provide consulting services for these employers/companies. While it sounds like a nice concept, honestly, if I were an employer I probably wouldn't be too interested in paying for their servi
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    Too long again... here is the rest:
    While it sounds like a nice concept, honestly, if I were an employer I probably wouldn't be too interested in paying for their services because it really seems like a few people with business management degrees spent some time pulling together other foundation's resources and partnered with many others and probably charge a lot of money to do some testing/polling and provide recommendations.
Radhika Endres

Child & Family WebGuide-MGT 444 Website review - 1 views

Website Name: Child and Family Webguide URL: www.cfw.tufts.edu Website Overview: Child And Family WebGuide is a relatively new site in the it was created in April 2001. It was the creation of facu...

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terrance gayles

We Are One - Illinois (MGT 444) - 3 views

This is site is a sort of oxymoron but it is dynamic in the sense Illinois as a state is corroding al aspects of unity and trust. The trust of public employees is constantly being usurped by the sh...

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