Special Report: Family Ties: Home Is Where The Heart Is

Companies try harder to meet the personal needs of workers

At sunrise every morning in the Los Angeles suburb of Glendale, the Shanker family gets ready for work. Steven Shanker, 37, and his wife Avima, 35, wake their two sons, Elan, 5, and Dannel, 2, for a hurried breakfast of cereal and orange juice. After the meal Avima heads off by 7:30 to her job as an engineer at Librascope, a computer firm. Then, as other pinstriped parents up and down the San Fernando Valley march out to their cars with groggy children in tow, Steven, a vice president at Union Bank in nearby Monterey Park, drives the boys to their...

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