Category: Leah Arnold-Smeets
Whether you're a working parent, a college student, or just someone who wants to avoid wasting hours in a standard 9-to-5 commute, being granted a flexible work schedule seems like a dream come true. However, what happens when your flex schedule results in more work and stress than you expected? Here's how flex schedules can go wrong, and how to get them back on track.
Gone are the days when entering the corporate world and working hard throughout your career meant a sure shot at success and living the American Dream. Now, career success is much less linear and there's a lot more navigating and rerouting that happens along the way. In fact, it almost seems as though there is no "path" at all, and we're now forced to chart our own journey to success for ourselves. How do you know, then, if you're headed in the right direction?
If you were the same person you were when you first started out in your career, things wouldn't be so complicated. However, over time, you've matured as an individual and a professional, so it's only natural that your priorities shifted accordingly. As a result, you may have found that the career from which you thought you'd retire is now stifling and has become the bane of your existence. You're probably thinking that switching occupations mid-career isn't the wisest decision, but is staying in an unfulfilling, stagnant career until retirement the better option?
Working mothers do indeed have it all – if by "having it all," you mean having both sides of a double-edged sword. Women are still fighting for equal opportunity and equitable pay, so when you pile on the added pressure of balancing a career and family, there's enough guilt there to drive anyone mad … and sad. If you choose (or "choose") to return to work after having a baby, you're going to have to accept that your decision will have its ups and its downs. Here's what you need to know to get through those times when you start to doubt whether you're cut out to be a working mom.
Negotiating is no easy feat, especially when it involves your salary. However, as you know, the squeaky wheel gets the oil, so you better get squeaking if you want to up your salary. Here are a couple tricks of the trade to help you negotiate your way to a heftier paycheck, and do it confidently.
In workplaces around the country, it's not uncommon for employers to encourage or even insist on a collaborative environment. In fact, studies show that time spent on collaborative tasks in the office rose by roughly 50 percent over the last 20 years. However, there's just one little problem: women are the ones getting stuck with the bulk of the work.
Going back to work after the holidays can be a drag, but it doesn't have to be. Instead of spending the rest of this first week back complaining with your co-workers, use this time to get your workspace organized and prepared for a successful year ahead.
It's that time of year again: another year down, and a new year is just around the corner. If this past year didn't treat you as well as you had anticipated, then don't beat yourself up over it, because it happens to the best of us. Remember, success is not the absence of failure – it's quite the opposite, actually. In fact, the wise words of Friedrich Nietzsche remind us: "That which does not kill us only makes us stronger." Take the lessons learned (or, the blessings in disguise) from the year prior and use them to make 2016 your best year yet with these 10 inspiring quotes for the new year ahead.
The most important meeting you have on your schedule isn't your annual performance review or even the quarterly board meeting: it's the one-on-one you have with your reports, hopefully once every week or two. Here's what you need to know about making these one-on-one meetings a good use of everyone's time.
With 2015 coming to an end and a new year just around the corner, it's nice to reflect on some of the positive things that have happened in the career world this year, from companies offering increased paid family leave to millennials teaching us what success should look like in the future. Here are a few of the top career stories of 2015 to help close out the year on a good note.
Women have been fighting for equality for some time now and they show no signs of stopping until the battle has been won, once and for all. Women still face many inequities today that prevent them from reaching their full potential in their personal and professional lives, but it's not only women who are negatively impacted by gender imbalances – business and the economy as a whole suffer when women are deprived of the same opportunities as men. If you want things to change sooner than later, ladies, it's time to take matters into your own hands – because, as Laurel Thatcher Ulrich said, "Well-behaved women seldom make history."
Are you one of the many Americans who are married to their careers and have little to no time (or energy) to even think of having a life outside of work? If so, then it may be time to consider another career that allows for better work-life balance, so that you don't have a life of all work and no play. Read on to see nine careers that will allow you to have your cake and eat it too.