May 15 – International Day of Families

International Day of Families

2012 Theme

Ensuring Work Family Balance

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Is there any one who has been able to maintain this balance between work and family sucessfully? If yes, then I would like to shake hands and pat his or her back for the amazingly good work. And I would love to know the secret too….hee hee…!!!

Phone calls from home versus phone calls from boss —- One battle everybody fights every day with the rising and setting of the sun. Be it your wife, mother, kid, dad or a friend who does not call during the day! …and who does not expect you to take the call too! …and if you don’t say Hello, some huge explanations as to why you did not have the time to speak with them follow. All this leading to many a false suspicions, irritations and explanations to no avail. No one actually wins this battle.

May 15 is International Day of Families. This day is observed on the 15th of May every year, after it was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1993. But the million dollar question is… how much importance our society (and the workplace in particular) attaches to families.

Many a people will agree here with me when I say that not much importance is given to families when it comes to work. A lenient boss (that is if you are born lucky) might allow you to attend to family matters during work time (which is 24/7) and praise you too but majority face a tough time in this matter.

Let this day provide for opportunities to promote awareness of issues relating to families and to increase knowledge of the social, economic and demographic processes affecting families.

“This year’s International Day of Families highlights the need for work-family balance. The aim is to help workers everywhere provide for their families financially and emotionally, while also contributing to the socio-economic development of their societies,” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the occasion.

Here I would like to add the point of view of the employers too. There are on the other hand many a crooked or just lazy people who make false excuses on the name of family and just don’t work. So the employers take strict actions and that is what tarnishes their image. They are not wrong all the time. There are good employers too.

Thumbs Up - Say Yes To Work-Family BalanceSo… how about establishing family-friendly workplaces through parental leave provisions, flexible working arrangements and better childcare!

And how about inspiring some awareness-raising events, celebrating national family days, sponsoring workshops, organizing conferences, initiating radio-television programmes and encouraging cultural programmes highlighting the family theme!

Let family issues become an object of increasing attention at workplaces, especially during one’s appointment. The needs of one’s family must be understood and appreciated by the employers.

A person coming to office happily is always an asset to any organization. Let’s make him happy then, for mutual growth and existence.

Let us build organizations with families in mind… so that… together both the organization and the family build a partnership and there is (at least) no poverty and homelessness.

But I must appreciate that this new generation which I see today is very sensitive, caring, intelligent, sharp, practical and loving at the same time. They would celebrate Mother’s Day with equal zest and work on Labour’s Day with dedication and the new bosses appreciate their efforts in today’s time.

I wish harmony, peace, love and happiness along with hard work and success in all fields to all.



GCAFFÈ sends a note of appreciation to  Greater Voice for its valuable inputs … along with a hot cuppa of our best coffee to enjoy while its piping hot.


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