How To Apply for a “Best Companies to Work For” List—And Why It’s Worth the Trouble

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Each year you see them—shouting from business journals, websites, magazine covers… “Best Companies to Work For” lists are everywhere: there are local and regional lists, industry-based lists, company-size-based lists, lists devoted to non-profits, lists devoted to law firms, lists devoted to specific jobs and specific types of workers. Have you ever wondered how companies land […]

The 8 Work-and-Life Changes I’m Grateful for This Thanksgiving

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With the approach of Thanksgiving, I got to thinking about some of the things I’m grateful for. Not in my personal life, but in the world of work and life for Americans, in general. While there is much work still to be done to ensure everyone has the opportunity both to earn a living wage […]

When a Tie is Not Just a Tie

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My husband has a beef about ties. Or, more precisely, about the lack thereof. A future sociologist exploring the culture of work at the setting of the 20th century and dawn of the 21st would undoubtedly take note of the changing mores of appropriate office wear. The era of casual dress crept up on us […]

Ten Random Takeaways from a Leading Work-Life Event

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Last week, Working Mother Media convened the 2014 Work-Life Congress in New York City. The annual conference celebrates organizations on the year’s “100 Best Companies” list, bringing in representatives of those organizations plus numerous other players in the work-life world. I love going to events like these: if they are well-planned, featuring interesting topics and […]

The Great Divide: What the Overworked and Underemployed Have in Common

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One morning last week I joined a small gathering in a conference room at New York City’s Baruch College to listen to a line-up of speakers and panelists talk on the subject of “Families and Flexibility.” The event was sponsored by Scott Stringer, our NYC Comptroller, who has been promoting city-wide “right to request” legislation. […]

Mika Cross Shares (a Few of) Her Secrets

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      Mika Cross is a powerhouse. If you’ve ever had the good fortune to meet her—and if you’re in the work-life field, there’s an excellent chance you have—you’ll know exactly what I mean. A work-life professional who contributes her considerable talents to federal workplaces—most recently with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) (she’s […]

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 […]