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October 23, 2006
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Dr. Sherry Sullivan
Dr. Sherry Sullivan

Companies not as family-friendly as they think, book claims

Career patterns are changing. In case you haven’t noticed, many talented employees are opting out of corporate jobs to gain greater fulfillment and balance in their lives.

With the federal government projecting a U.S. labor shortage by 2012, Dr. Sherry Sullivan, management, believes companies have reason to worry.

Sullivan is the co-author, with Dr. Lisa A. Mainiero of Fairfield (Conn.) University, of The Opt-Out Revolt: Why People Are Leaving Companies to Create Kaleidoscope Careers (September 2006, Davies-Black Publishing). For the book, she and Mainiero examined the careers of some 3,000 professionals, conducting three major surveys as well as a focus group and in-depth interviews to learn what’s behind the life and career decisions they make.

What they found is that many of today’s jobs are not offering employees enough. “People are looking for positions that make them feel authentic, that enable them to balance their work and life, and that offer them stimulating challenges,” Sullivan said.
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