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Esther Lombardi

Esther Lombardi writes about women at work, productivity and time management strategies, and breaking news. She has more than 15 years of professional writing, editing, and publishing experience, as well as a master's degree in English.  Esther is a full-time freelancer, who draws upon her background to give you fun and compelling stories. To her, the story and the vehicle(s) of expression are important, but sometimes it's just as essential to explore those areas just outside one's comfort zone. She loves to jump head-first into that deep ravine, and discover where her parachute will take her.

Most Recent Posts by Esther Lombardi
  • We Need More Women in Tech, and Here's What You Can Do About It

    Women are less likely than men to go into STEM careers, but it's not from a lack of initial interest or talent. Somewhere along the way, girls and women are turning in other directions, with the result that only about 18 percent of women earn degrees in computer science and 19 percent earn engineering degrees, according to the National Girls Collaborative Project.
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  • Tunes to Boost Productivity

    Do you listen to music at work? A recent study suggests that you might be doing more than just drowning out your neighbor's incessant chatter. You could be relieving stress, boosting productivity, and even improving your mood, all of which can make you a better, happier, more efficient worker. If you still need to convince the boss that you're not goofing off every time you don those headphones, consider the facts.
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  • Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: Should You Let Them Chase You Away?

    As many as one in four women have experienced sexual harassment at work, according to one poll. In some industries, those numbers are worse: a 2014 report from The Restaurant Opportunities Center United found that 70 percent of female food service workers experienced harassment from their bosses, and 90 percent experienced it from customers.
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  • Walk Your Way to Greater Productivity (or Not)

    We're all looking for ways to improve our productivity, and if it helps with that pesky resolution to get into shape, so much the better. So, when you read about treadmill desks, you might just find yourself jumping up and down with joy. Unfortunately, the productivity end of the equation may have more mixed results than you hoped for.
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  • Super Bowl Ads Show Changing Gender Roles at Home and at Work

    This year's Super Bowl commercials were all about the dad-vertising. Social media spheres were in a complete uproar over the latest string of ads featuring dads who were caring for their children -- swimming, potty-training, brushing hair, comforting, and hugging. There wasn't a dry eye in the house, according to more than one post.
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  • Why Fear Success?

    It may seem completely counterintuitive, but one of the greatest obstacles to success is often fear that we may succeed. It's that petrified stagnation that prevents us from looking for another job, pursuing advancement, and even taking actions we know will bring about change. Perhaps we've become so accustomed to failure that the idea of success is unbelievable. We don't want to get our hopes up, and we may also fear the side effects that would come with success.
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  • Distracted No More: How to Get Work Done at Work

    What's keeping you from getting stuff done at work? It may be something as simple as dealing with chatty co-workers, or getting up every hour for a cup of coffee. Singularly, each delay may seem like no big deal, but taken together, the distractions add up -- affecting your productivity and performance. So, let's get past this seasonal funk and lack of focus, and start working toward heading off the distractions that affect our office lives.
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  • Unemployment Is Down, So Where Are the Wages?

    If you've been waiting for a fatter paycheck to find you in 2015, so far the news has been discouraging. Unemployment rates are down, which is exciting news, but we still haven't seen an improvement in wages. Here's why a lower unemployment rate hasn't translated to higher pay -- yet.
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  • Smartphones in the Workplace: Productivity Tool or Time Suck?

    Forty-five percent of American adults owned a smartphone as of 2013, according to EdTech Magazine. Used well, these devices can make your personal and professional life easier -- provided you have good boundaries and can disconnect when you need to.
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  • Obama Pushes Paid Leave for Americans

    Yesterday, President Obama signed a memorandum directing federal agencies to give employees up to six weeks of paid leave after the birth or adoption of a child -- that's a "benefit he wants to extend to all American workers" with the Healthy Families Act, according to The New York Times. It's also long overdue. While the Family and Medical Leave Act provides for 12 weeks of unpaid leave, that magical "paid leave" is discretionary.
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