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Podcast: Conversation with Joan Blades

Podcast: Conversation with Joan Blades

In this podcast, Kyra talks with Joan Blades, co-founder of MomsRising and, and Ms. Magazine’s 2003 Woman of the Year.  Joan recently published The Custom-Fit Workplace: Choose When, Where, and How to Work and Boost Your Bottom Line.

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Highlights from the conversation:

  • Benefits of flexible workplaces–including less employee stress, greater respect, trust and empowerment.
  • Babies at Work programs and the Parenting in the Workplace Institute
  • Pilot programs–start new flexibility initiatives as pilot programs, and be ready to make changes–every workplace has unique needs
  • How flex forces us to be better managers
  • Why even a small amount of flex makes a big difference
  • Respect that people have responsibilities outside of work
  • Recognizing that your “report” inside the workplace may be your “peer” outside
  • Why enabling people to manage their lives outside of work results in better performance at work


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