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Professionalism begins at Home  
Professionalism begins at Home By Elisabeth Andras  
I studied law and finished off with a Masters degree. After my studies I worked for some time before I got married and started a family. From that time onwards, bringing up my family was my profession. I raised four children and the youngest is now 12 years old.
 
 
 
Human ecology: home, work and society  
Human ecology: home, work and society By Dr. Mauri Ahlberg  
Many people are familiar with the definition for sustainability as stated in Our Common Future, commonly called The Brundtland Report: 'development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.' 1 As a biologist, I would argue that the best way to achieve this definition of sustainability is through sustainable use of biodiversity. While many people would not agree and would opt for ambitious recycling and energy saving policies, I claim that sustainable use of biodiversity is the core of achieving sustainable development. However, what was achieved by the Brundtland Committee and by this specific definition of sustainability was to make the idea of sustainable development popular. Furthermore, they brought the issue of 'needs' to the fore of the debate on sustainability. What I would like to argue in this paper is that sustainable use of biodiversity is rooted in an appreciation of real needs. I will use the interrelated nature of the natural environment as a framework for exploring the systemic needs of man as a social and psychological being.
 
 
 
Doing Our Home Work 
Doing Our Home Work: Toward an Ecological and Interdisciplinary Approach to the Study of the Work of the Home By Ann F. Brodeur*  
This essay is about the work done in the home: all of those tasks, big and small, that go into creating a thriving home environment. "Housework" or "work of the home," in this respect, is not limited to cooking and cleaning, but also extends to caregiving in the home.
 
 
 
Whose souls do bear an equal burden of love 
Recognizing the Value of the Work of the Home in Law By J. Michelle Datiles December 2009  
This work of the home, this mother's work, which men poetically praise (praise is so cheap!), is not recognized by the State as having any value whatever. Neither does society recognize a value in it, notwithstanding it never tires of lauding and flattering.
 
 
 
Understanding the Professionalization of the Culinary Field from a Sociological Perspective  
Understanding the Professionalization of the Culinary Field from a Sociological Perspective By Marta Elvira  
As Brillat-Savarin brilliantly stated over two centuries ago, the very necessity of nourishment might explain why societies often take for granted a fundamental aspect of human culture. Yet gathering and sharing meals is a central social action with important consequences for physical and psychological wellbeing, as well as for the structure of occupations in society. Much has been written about the relationship between food, health, and culture. Less attention has been paid to understanding how culinary occupations have evolved and what the culinary profession brings to society and culture.
 
 
 
A Study of work-life balance benefits in the Irish hotel sector  
A Study of work-life balance benefits in the Irish hotel sector By Dr. Kathleen Farrell, Dublin Institute of Technology  
According to Poelmans (2001) the origin of the work/family research domain can be situated in the late nineteen seventies, with seminal works of Renshaw (1976), Kanter (1977) and Pleck (1977). Furthermore, Kanter (1977) observes that early in the twentieth century, corporations tended to take over the functions of the family by turning workplaces into independent institutions. Later, establishments tried to separate work from family. However, more recently, perceptions of work and family have changed and they are now regarded as interdependent and complimentary (Werbel and Walter, 2002). Furthermore, the evidence from the workplace shows that it is no longer possible to manage most businesses on the assumption that it is the employers' responsibility to provide work and the employees to manage their lives outside the workplace.
 
 
 
What is really important?  
What's really important? Demands on the nutrition of people with dementia and what we can learn about the nutrition of the elderly By Martina Feulner  
The programme of our panel discussion on food, health and family announces: "Benefits of healthy eating from the early years to old age". My contribution is to take a look at the special nutritional requirements of the elderly; a topic which is only beginning to be discussed - at least in Germany.
 
 
 
Home Management Education in the Workplace  
Home Management Education in the Workplace By Mary Hunt  
Our homes have a unique and essential influence on the overall sense of well-being, happiness and effectiveness in our personal and family lives. Business consultants provide education to improve management practices within all types of organizations. Organizations are consistently concerned with enhancing job performance and employee satisfaction. One factor that influences employee satisfaction is the effort to balance the many demands of life. This paper describes how more effective home management can have a positive influence on work-family balance.
 
 
 
Home Matters 
Anna is an Independent Writing and Editing Professional, with a D.Phil. (Oxon) and mother of four children. This paper was presented at the 'Home vs Work' workshop, on March 20, 2010 for the Mothering Heights Conference, Oxford. by Dr Anne Langslow (Anna Melchior)  
Our work in the home matters. It matters enormously to the well-being of individuals and families. It matters to communities, society, and the economy. And it matters to the environment. Through the work we do in the home, we give our children love, security and values. By raising loving, secure and responsible children, we sustain our communities and society and give our communities and society meaning and value. In nurturing our families, moreover, we sustain the economy which relies heavily on the work performed in the home. The work we do in the home, finally, affects the environment - for good or ill - in a myriad ways through the food we buy, the cleaning products we use, etc, etc, as well as the attitudes and behaviours we teach our children. There are, then, many good reasons to devote serious thought to the work we do in the home and to invest time and effort in it!
 
 
 
Outsourcing for the Home  
Outsourcing for the Home By Monica Lindstedt  
In this paper, I would like to talk about Hemfrid, my company. My experience in starting and running this company has taught me a lot about the value of the home and how important the work that goes into it is. I believe that this knowledge may be able to contribute something to the topic of the panel, namely, home management. To give a brief overview, I am going to discuss Hemfrid in light of the two important pillars of the company: demand, or need, and the importance of quality and personal touch. I believe that both of these pillars, especially when considered more in depth, are important for a company that works in the home not merely because they are important in the realm of business, but because they are needs that are intrinsically linked to the home.
 
 
 
Healthy Environment at Home  
Healthy Environment at Home By Aggie MacKenzie  
I do not think I know anybody who would honestly say that they do not want to live in a healthy environment at home. What I have seen, though, are a lot of homes that are definitely not healthy environments. I think that if people knew how important the home environment is for everyone in the household, then perhaps attitudes would change and everybody would get involved in running good, healthy homes. Through my work on the show How Clean Is Your House? 1 and my recent involvement in Lord Best's housing panel2, I have been able to witness, time and again, how closely linked a person's home environment is to their well-being. During my six years co-presenting How Clean Is Your House? both in the UK and America, the homes we dealt with were extremely filthy - beyond belief in most instances. In this paper I would like to use some of my experiences from the show to illustrate the impact our overall health can have on our homes and vice versa.
 
 
 
A Training and Development Model for the Professionalisation of Housework  
A Training and Development Model for the Professionalisation of Housework By Belinda Uzo Nwosu, Wavecrest College of Hospitality  
How does the home influence social dynamics, legal frameworks and, ultimately, entire social systems? The answer to this question lies in the understanding of the strategic position that the home holds as a microcosm within the larger community of persons. It is within a home environment that character traits and value systems of individuals are formed and developed. And if society is a community of persons, then the management of the home environment is the management of society. If the quality of the experience of family living is positive, then there is bound to be some impact on the quality of relationships, systems, and structures formed outside the home. This is the aim of sustainability living.
 
 
 
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