Managing Working Parents During the Pandemic | HBR IdeaCast reviews

March 16, 2023

Ellen Ernst Kossek, management professor at Purdue University, is researching how the pandemic is putting an enormous strain on working parents and the new challenge that poses for their managers. She shares how supervisors can offer much-needed consistency and predictability for working parents on their teams. She also outlines specific ways to give working parents more flexibility while still holding them accountable. Kossek is the coauthor, with Kelly Schwind Wilson and Lindsay Mechem Rosokha, of the HBR article “What Working Parents Need from Their Managers.”

This episode originally aired on HBR IdeaCast on November 10, 2020.

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00:00 – Intro
1:52 – This is Management’s – Not the Individual’s – Problem
3:43 – Managers: Make Work Predictable Yet Flexible
8:55 – Four Behaviors of Supportive Managers
12:44 – How to Make Sure the Work Still Gets Done
18:58 – Flexibility in Essential and Frontline Work
24:29 – Longterm Effects of Flexibility
26:47 – Outro

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