The Lie Employers Tell Themselves (and You)

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Here’s some news from the American Ostrich Association: ostriches do not really bury their heads in the sand. But I know a species that does. It’s homo corporatus. Although the concept of work-life tension has become commonplace, many employers still operate mostly under the pretense that nobody has a life outside of work. Even in […]

Time Traveller

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I’m on a 9-hour-plus train ride, from New York City to Pittsburgh. In an age of air travel, some might think me insane. But I had myriad reasons for choosing the train. I didn’t want to pay the increasingly exorbitant prices for airfare. I didn’t want to have to search out a quart-size zip-lock bag […]

Why Some Wonkish New Policy Guidelines from EEOC Make My Heart Soar

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For those of you keeping track, I apologize for the long delay since my last post. I was completely overwhelmed with “great-place-to-work” application season and I had no creative energy for anything else. Things should be a bit calmer for the next sixth months or so, so you’ll be hearing from me a lot more. […]

The Secret to Organizational Excellence

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Last week, the Alliance for Workplace Excellence  held its 15th annual Workplace Excellence Awards celebration and lunch. I was delighted to be asked to be asked to contribute an article to the program for the day, and thought I’d share what I wrote with my blog readers, as well: Want to create an excellent workplace? Take a […]

Best of the Interwebs


When I’m not working for hire or writing my blog, I spend a certain amount of time perusing the “interwebs,” as my daughter would (sarcastically) say. If you don’t follow me on Twitter or LinkedIn, you may not know that I’ve been on a mission over the past few months to dig up and post […]

Are We Dying to Go to Work?


Work can be sickening. Literally. In a riveting appearance at the recent Great Place to Work annual conference, Stanford business school professor Jeffrey Pfeffer presented a devastating case for the negative effects of U.S. workplaces on our health. Pointing out that human sustainability ought to be at least as important a goal as environmental sustainability, […]

Top 10 Things I Learned in New Orleans


I’m just back from yet another conference—this one, the annual Great Place to Work (GPTW) conference in New Orleans. And I want to start by making clear that after four or five days in the Big Easy, I am now able to pronounce its name correctly (“New OR-lins”) at least 50 percent of the time. […]

Changing Demographics, Nifty Ideas, Surprising and Unsurprising Facts: What I Learned in Baltimore

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I spent the second half of last week at the annual Alliance for Work Life Progress (AWLP) “Forum” in Baltimore. I love this conference, because it’s small enough to be intimate—attendees numbered about nine-dozen-and-change, by my count—but big enough that there’s always someone new to meet. The crowd is a diverse mix of HR, work-life and […]

A Hidden Cost for Telecommuters—And What You Can Do About It

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Not only is it the middle of tax season, it’s Telework Week. What better time to tell you about a particularly absurd situation that turns telecommuting into an expensive option for some. And about a solution within reach in the form of some critical legislation, introduced just last week? But I’m getting ahead of myself. […]

Working Mother Essay: Winning the Word Count War (Reprise)


Around about now, some of my readers are just starting to panic about getting their application for the  Working Mother or NAFE “Best Companies”  lists in on time. They’re hunched over the essay,  despairing of ever cramming everything they want to say into 2,500 words. If you recognize yourself in this scenario, don’t despair. I’ve pulled out […]