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Working women, do you feel like you need a vacation from your vacation? Cheer up: it's almost time to go back to work. A recent study from the Council on Contemporary Families found that while both women and men have lower levels of stress at work than at home, women reported being happier at the office than they were at home.
If you're reading this in a the middle of your long holiday weekend, it's long past time for this question: in a time when we're always connected to our jobs, via mobile devices and the shifting expectations they've created, is there any real way to take time off?
When we talk about work-life balance, we generally focus on what workers can do to free up their own time, whether it's using their workday more efficiently or negotiating with the boss to ensure that their priorities are aligned with the company's. It's rare to hear the argument that the reason workers need to take charge of their time is because it's their fault if they don't.
Chances are, you work with at least a few parents, any of whom can tell you that juggling work and family is just about the hardest work-life balance trick to pull off. Today, as we celebrate Mother's Day, think about what the working moms at your company really want. (It is not a bouquet or a box of chocolates.)
Workplace flexibility is an issue that affects more than just individual workers' ability to work at home once in a while, or perhaps take a small sabbatical to catch up on that traveling they didn't get to after college. It's at the heart of the persistent gender wage gap, and one reason why we don't see as many female CEOs and executives as males. So it's slightly disappointing to read the Families and Workplace Institute's 2014 National Study of Employers, which shows that employers on the whole are less invested in providing flexible options to workers today than they were six years ago.
Every year, the nonprofit organization Save the Children ranks the best and worst countries in which to be a mother, based on factors like maternal health, economic status, and educational attainment. This year, the US ranked 31st out of 178 countries. Here's why that matters to you and your career.
Vacation season is upon us, and with it, the most pressing question of the warm weather months: if you drop your smartphone in the ocean, will you actually get a few days to rest and recharge, or will your boss see through your cunning ruse? (Hint: It's the latter.)
Need another excuse to make time for a good night's sleep? Getting the recommended seven to eight hours might mean the difference between being just OK at your job and being the office rock star. Sound far-fetched? Consider this.
In a perfect world, every worker would have access to a standing or treadmill desk, or enough time to fit in a few short workouts during the day. Needless to say, most of us don't work and live in a perfect world.
Twenty-five years ago today, Sir Tim Berners-Lee wrote a paper that proposed the basic concept and structure of what we now know as the internet. Our personal and professional lives would never be the same.
Men are still more apt to define themselves according to their role as "provider," according to a recent article in Harvard Business Review, while women are more likely to view themselves through the lens of personal achievement. As a result, both men and women in leadership positions seem to see family issues -- and balancing those issues with work -- as a woman's problem.
It’s been almost a year (in fact it’s just a few days short of the one-year anniversary) since Sheryl Sandberg and Lean In inspired women to consider taking control of our careers and our lives. Unfortunately, some of us are leaning in so hard, we’re missing out on life. And we're not happy because of it.
By this point in the winter, most everyone but diehard athletes have given up on exercising, pending the first warm days that signify an end to sweater season. But of course, the benefits of working out are all year long, and include everything from stress relief to improved cardiovascular health. So how can you fit in exercise, without dragging your weary self to the gym?
There have been a few stories about death by overwork in the past few months -- the copywriter in Indonesia, the office worker in China. Less dramatically, experts have connected binge working to a host of ailments, from depression to dementia. So why do companies still push workers to work such long hours?
Most of us would say that employees shouldn't do a lot of non-work-related activities at the office. After all, everyone's worked with that person who can't get off Facebook or stop playing Solitaire long enough to get anything done. But in reality, given how long the average work day has become, most of us will be forced to "home from work" at some point or another.
What's worse than a boss who doesn't do anything? A boss who works so much, it makes his reports feel like they're slackers if they leave before dinnertime.
Unless you're in finance, you probably can't imagine being excited to hear that you get one whole day a week off. But that's the position employees of Goldman Sachs and Bank of America Merrill Lynch found themselves in recently, when their companies unveiled new policies that would require them to take off four days a month. Bankers, especially junior employees, regularly work over 100 hours a week. But that's only one reason they're miserable.
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