Founded in 1990, the Boston College Center for Work & Family is committed to enhancing the quality of life of today's workforce by providing leadership for the integration of work and life, an essential for individual, organizational, and community success. Our vision is that companies and communities will work together to ensure their mutual prosperity and the well being of employees and their families.
The Center works with leading employers committed to creating workplace cultures that support the “dual agenda” of individual and organizational success. Our corporate partners are human resource directors, many of whom specialize in areas such as Work/Life, Diversity, Human Resource Development, Organization Development, and Employee Health and Well-being. All share a common interest in implementing approaches that help employees find greater balance, increase productivity, and develop both professionally and personally.
The Center has two primary differentiators. First, we provide a bridge that links academic research and corporate practice. We bring together thought leaders from both arenas to create dialogue that will help practitioners develop better workforce management approaches supported by rigorous research.
Second, we view our work from a cultural change perspective. For an organization to change its workforce management culture, three critical players need to be actively engaged and aligned. Human resources must develop innovative approaches to address the wide range of issues encompassed in work/life (including for example: diversity, career development, employee engagement and health and well-being) and imbed these in the organization’s workforce management policies and programs.
Senior leaders and line managers must see work/life as an approach to increasing organizational effectiveness and create a culture that engenders a balanced approach to managing their workforce.
Individual employees must proactively manage their careers in order to achieve their professional and personal objectives. Building a comprehensive workforce management strategy requires that all three key stakeholders are active participants in the process.
Prof. Brad Harrington
Dr. Harrington is the Executive Director of the Boston College Center for Work & Family and a professor in the Carroll School of Management. His research and teaching focuses on career management and work-life integration, the changing role of fathers, contemporary workforce management strategies and the leadership of organizational change. Along with Professor Douglas T. Hall of Boston University, he is the author of Career Management and Work/Life Integration: Using Self-Assessment to Navigate Contemporary Careers (Sage, 2007). He has been the principal investigator and author of the New Dad studies.
Fred Van Deusen is a Senior Research Associate at the Center. He participates in and manages various research initiatives that the Center performs, with a special focus on member driven research. He also leads the Center's custom analyses work on the Standards of Excellence in Work/Life Integration.
At the Boston College Center for Work & Family, Jennifer directs the New England Work & Family Association (NEWFA), an organization comprised of over 40 leading New England employers. Jennifer manages all CWF marketing initiatives including the CWF website, social media, member newsletters, research reports and other publications. She also works with organizations to provide research and consultation on flexibility, work-life balance and other workforce management issues. Jennifer enjoys presenting on Workplace Flexibility and Work-Life Balance. Jennifer is a frequent contributor to Fox 25 Boston’s Work-Life Wednesday segment.
At the Center for Work and Family, Iyar assists with organizing Center events and staff meetings, coordinating travel arrangements, compiling and distributing listserv responses, and updating the Center website, among other tasks. She has also been involved in many of the Center's research endeavors, from the recent publication, The New Dad: Caring, Committed, Conflicted, to other projects on financial wellness and millennials.
Beth Humberd is a Ph.D. Candidate in Organization Studies at Boston College. Her primary research interests are with the dynamics of gender and race, identity development, and relationships as manifested in work settings. She teaches organizational behavior to undergraduate and graduate students.
Assistant Professor of Management and Organizational Development at Northeastern University
Jamie Ladge is a Professor of Management and Organizational Development in the D'Amore-McKim School of Business at Northeastern University. She teaches organizational behavior, career management and managing human resources to undergraduate and graduate students. Jamie’s primary research focus is on work-life integration challenges and opportunities, careers and identity. She is secondarily interested in stigmatized social identities in the workplace.