How My Parents Put the Lie to “Mad Men”

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The whole concept of “work-family balance”—or however you choose to phrase it—often feels like a peculiarly modern concern, born of feminism, economic changes and other factors that led to the predominance of two-earner households and/or single parent homes. But of course, this is a strictly middle class view; many families have had to struggle along […]

The Truth in a Discarded Word: When “Balance” Makes Sense

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Late last spring, I finally got so crazy-busy that I simply had no time left for blogging. It’s the first major hiatus I’ve taken since I posted my first entry, in 2011. So you KNOW I must have been drowning. In fact, it was work busy-ness that caused the initial overload, but eventually that segued […]

Surfin’ the Work Wide Web


As many of my readers know, one of my areas of expertise is helping companies navigate the thickets of “great place to work list” applications. These applications happen at specific times of the year, with specific due dates, providing me with certain seasons that are busier than Christmas at the North Pole. This is one […]

Why I Stopped Bad-Mouthing “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day”


This Thursday, April 22nd, will be the fourth Thursday of the month, which means it’s Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day (aka TODAS). Kids will be trooping through workplaces around the country, sometimes hanging out with a parent but more often enjoying a busy agenda of carefully planned, hands-on activities. I used to […]

The Quiet Epidemic That’s Ravaging U.S. Workers

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One of the most entertaining things I learned at World at Work’s “Future of Work” forum in Nashville a couple weeks ago is that March 31 is now officially national Vacation Commitment Day. Citing an “epidemic of vacation deprivation,” a nonprofit advocacy group called Take Back Your Time has devised the special day to launch […]

Not on This Year’s “Best Companies To Work” For List? Why Not Try for Next Year’s?


A couple weeks ago, Fortune magazine published its annual “100 Best Companies to Work For” list. The list includes lots of names that probably no one is surprised to see—places like Google and Zappos sometimes seem to be in the news as much about their fun workplaces as about their products. It has plenty of […]

Nuisance or Catastrophe? How You Feel About Snow May Depend On Your Job

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There’s nothing like a little snow to throw the whole precarious balance of work and life right off its metaphorical fulcrum. Ok, a lot of snow. Here in New York City, we’ve had our small share of shoveling, and a lot of cringingly frigid weather of the kind that makes city officials warn ominously that […]

A Totally Cool New Way to Look at Worker Health


                        Total Worker Health may be the coolest thing since Nutella. (Chocolate and hazelnut! Spreadable!) What, you ask, is Total Worker Health? It’s an initiative out of the CDC’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health—aka, NIOSH. The goal is to convince employers to […]

Why Wasting Time Might Be Exactly
What Telecommuting Is All About


I don’t know if procrastination is the hot topic these days or if my self-employed, home-office lifestyle has triggered a high percentage of customized procrastination feeds, but it seems like everywhere I look I find an article about conquering it. God knows, I can use those articles. In fact, I click on them as a […]

How to Get on the Working Mother 100 Best Companies List: Ten Tips for a Better Application

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The application for Working Mother’s annual “100 Best Companies” list is out—if your company wants to try for this list, you have until mid-March to answer the 500 questions, write your essay, and get your entry in. It’s a lot of work, but it’s for a big reward. As I wrote in my last post, […]