Call it corporate hazing: many companies reward workers, either monetarily or with social capital, for working round the clock, both at the office and after hours. Think about the last time you heard someone at your business described as a "good worker" or a "team player." Implicit in the descriptor? "This is a worker who is never off duty." There's just one problem, of course. Studies suggest that working more hours might actually make workers less productive, not more.
Flexible work arrangements have made returning to work a viable option for mothers who want to continue their careers, post-baby. Here are some tips for working moms to negotiate their way to flex-schedule freedom and, hopefully, get closer to achieving work-life balance.