The Cincinnati Enquirer from Cincinnati, Ohio on September 22, 1991 · Page 57
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E-6Features the Cincinnati enquirer Sunday. September 22, 1991 Moms Ono firm changes with the time .v. u V I ( assistance in the form of money or on-site day care, information on how to find good child care," says Phyllis Furdell, coordinator of national programs for National Commission on Working WomenWider Opportunities for Women. Faced with balancing careers and children, Arthur Andersen employees Alma Helpling and Kendall Hoban took advantage of their firm's flexible policy. Helpling, an audit manager with a 2-year-old, cut her schedule to three days a week. Hoban, a senior accountant and the mother of a 3-year-old and 2-year-old twins, asked for the summer off. "By granting our requests, they eliminated the horrible, agonizing decision we would have had to make to stay with full-time jobs or quit," Helpling says. But both women are quick to note that the move is good for the firm as well. They have learned to work more efficiently, they say, and the firm's flexibility has earned their increased loyalty. What's good for working mothers, they say, is, ultimately, good for corporate America. "If there's any fairness in life, the person who's going full-steam ahead will get there first," Helpling says. "But to disregard the person on an alternate schedule or to not see them as someone who's promotable and to lose them from the work force I don't think that will make sense in the long run." KRISTA RAMSEY For a while, Arthur Andersen & Co. felt it was competing with a biological time clock. The Cincinnati accounting firm would hire women just out of college, spend the next several years training them, watch them hit managerial level six years later and then, just when they were ready to make partner, see them leave corporate life to raise a family. "The female turnover rate has been higher than the male, and it has nothing to do with ability, here or anywhere," says Jerry Montopoli, managing partner. "It used to be 95 of the employment pool was male, but now it's about 50-50. "If a disproportionate number of females drop out, we won't have enough left to make partner." So far, none of Arthur Andersen's 25 partners are women, but the firm Intends to change that. And the motivation is not just equity. Faced with a coming shortage of workers, Montopoli says, businesses everywhere can't afford to lose qualified female employees. To keep them, Arthur Andersen is experimenting with scheduling options that allow employees to work part-time, or take leaves of absence for family care. At evidence here are family concerns that once forced women out of the workplace but now are forcing changes in the workplace. "Corporations are doing more to make it easier for working mothers flexible schedules, leaves, child-care Mary Lou Evans' career Union Township administrator in Clermont at home and consistent care for her daughter, Abigail. wssm ; CONTINUED FROM PAGE E-l . the measure of self for many wom-', en what do you do, what are ; you contributing to the work force? "I had to come to grips with I who I would be." ; Like many women, O'Dea's initial misgivings were soon lost in .' the pleasures of day-to-day moth-: erhood and the return of balance and order to her life. "I'm much less stressed out, , and I still feel fulfilled because I'm working," says O'Dea of Mount Lookout. "But on my days at ; home, my son can have all of me ; he doesn't have to share me with my work." '; Happy at home Like O'Dea, Lynnette Thomp-' son, formerly a technical writer at ; Cincinnati Bell Information Systems, is happy with her decision to 'stay home full-time with 11-month-old daughter Lynnelle. Harried evenings spent grocery shopping "paying whatever it !took to get things quickly" have ; turned into leisurely chances for ; comparative shopping. Mornings ' spent crying at her desk six years ;ago when her infant son LeVon ;was in day care have turned into times to snuggle with little Lyn-Inelle. ; "There are benefits for the whole family," says Thompson of iForest Park. "When I'm relaxed, Ihey're relaxed. I kind of set the ;tone for the rest of the family." Fewer hours For other women, the perfect balance is holding onto careers but ' cutting back on hours. ; For Alma Helpling, an audit manager at Arthur Andersen & Co., an accounting firm, a good day ;at work leaves a euphoric high at ;home and more energy and patience for daughter Rachel, 2. IBut then "there are days when things go the opposite way," Helpl- ing says. '. For better or worse, balancing part-time work and part-time motherhood is "like having your brain cut in two," she admits with a wry smile. "One aspect of you is someone's mother, someone who has to care about everything about this little person. At work, you are intelligent, worth listening to. People come to you for advice. It is perhaps something of an ego trip you want to be sought after." Discrene BREAST FORMS A Special Invitation Introducing a Breast Form Worn On Your Body, So It's Not On Your Mind. A Natural Look mastectomy boutique is pleased to invite you to an exclusive showing of the new Discrene Breast Form. This innovative mastectomy product adheres directly to the body, moving as you move, like your natural breast. A Natural Look's certified fitters will be available for free trial fittings and purchase consultations. Wednesday, September 25 10:30am to 4:30pm A Natural Look 25 Village Square Glendale, Ohio 45246 RSVP (513)772-6945 Coloplast The Cincinnati EnquirerMichael E. Keating County lost out to harmony own. For Mary Lou Evans, it is a chance to laugh when neighborhood kids now know her only as "Abby's mom" and to treasure each moment. "I only have this little life in my possession," she says tenderly, "for such a short time." to help perform a Moon angioplasty lief from getting up every morning and having to get ready for day-care arrangements and, every night, trying to squeeze everything you want to teach your child into a couple of hours." Lynnette Thompson has time to nurture her husband and children and a singing avocation all her j ! e 7 ?t if I 4 ft ' ft Digital Cardiac Catheterization: Used here Shifting the burden But unlike the full-time working mom, women employed part-time often feel guilty about dishing more work on colleagues. "I don't know that they think about it, but it's the walking out at a certain time, not being available to take on extra projects," says Helpling of White Oak. "Maybe it's a female thing, but that's how you feel that to lessen the burden on yourself is to overburden someone else." The guilt can spread in any number of directions from regret over not contributing to family finances to anxiety that, when they're ready to return to the workplace, no job will be waiting. Despite it, most mothers say cutting back or cutting out at work has brought lasting rewards at home. Holly O'Dea sees changes in her son. "He's more easygoing and calm on the days I'm home." More time for family Alma Helpling sees changes in her family's schedule. 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