How does our perception of home affect the way we go about our work? One way is by adopting marketplace values and priorities and yielding our home life to achieve those ends—often to the detriment of our home life. The fallout of elevating the market above all else can even be seen in companies founded as an alternative to the traditional workplace, such as multilevel marketing businesses. A few weeks ago, news broke about the financial and operational difficulties at LuLaRoe, a women’s clothing company offering its consultants the opportunity to work from home. Because LuLaRoe consultants are primarily women, this business is presented as a way for them to build their own business on their own time. In reality, consultants report the impossible grind and monetary investment required to achieve success. Here again, home bows to the almighty dollar and the pursuit of the American Dream.
In this episode of Persuasion, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson continue their series titled Go Home! Finding Our Way. Each episode of the series explores the common assumptions regarding the home, both in the church and in society. This particular conversation considers the marketplace values that have influenced our approach to both home and work. For additional perspective, Erin and Hannah invite Rachel Anderson to the conversation. Rachel is a resident fellow with the Center for Public Justice (CPJ), leading the Families Valued initiative; her work focuses on work and family policy and faith-based civic engagement. Here, Rachel explains how our approach to paid family leave is just one way we can ensure families and home drive the way we invest our productivity and gifts in the world. Conversation touches on topics like these, exploring common presumptions and fallacies in an attempt to find our way home. Listen to the latest episode in the Go Home! series, then continue the conversation on Twitter @PersuasionCAPC or in the CAPC members-only community on Facebook.
Erin Straza: Web / Twitter
Hannah Anderson: Web / Twitter
Episode 187 Resources & Links
Rachel Anderson, Center for Public Justice
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Theme music by Maiden Name. Produced by Jonathan Clauson.
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