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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
  • 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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  • It's Not Too Late to Make These 5 Resolutions and Jumpstart Your Career

    You might have made a hefty list of New Year's resolutions for improved health, wealth and happiness, but by the end of the first full week of 2015, you're cold, tired, and overwhelmed. It just didn't go as well as you'd hoped, and you're really already over the whole resolution thing. (By the way, you're not alone. Statistically, 25 percent of those who make a New Year's resolution don't make it past the first week.) So should you just give up, and try again next year?
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  • 5 Reasons to Defer Holiday Vacations

    If you worked during the holiday, instead of taking a vacation, you're not the only one. There's a growing trend among American workers toward more strategic planning of vacation opportunities -- taking advantage of every possible dollar and allotted hour to build a vacation experience that you and your family won't ever forget.
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  • 5 Reasons to Take Vacation for the Holiday

    'Tis the holiday season, which means that the people you know (and work with) are likely taking one of two approaches: They are either working more than ever; or they are taking lots of time off to be with their families and enjoy a well-deserved break. Here's the thing, though. More of us seem to be in the group of those who are working too hard and not having much fun. In fact, 40 percent of us don't take all of our vacation days each year.
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  • State Supreme Court Hands Down $188M Judgment Against Wal-Mart

    Hot on the heels of the recent Supreme Court decision against Amazon workers, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court just upheld the 2007 judgment for $188 million against Wal-Mart Stores, in Braun v. Wal-Mart Stores. The class action suit affects 187,000 workers, who worked for the company between 1998 to 2006, and centers around Michelle Braun and other Wal-Mart employees, who claimed that they were not compensated for working off-the-clock, as well as through meals and breaks.
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  • 4 Productive Ways to Spend Your Time in Line

    With the latest Supreme Court decision, some workers will find themselves standing in more security-screening lines at work, and for longer, and without pay. So, what do you do when you're stuck waiting to go through a checkpoint?
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