6 Tips for Conquering Word Limits






Anyone who’s ever struggled to complete an application—whether for school or an award or recognition of any kind—has come up against word or character limits. Twitter aside, trying to put together the best possible answer to an open-ended question within a strictly limited space can be hugely frustrating. But it’s far from impossible. My own […]

How To Tell Your Story on a “Best Place to Work” Application






Getting on a “Best Place to Work” list is not just a matter of having great programs and practices. It’s a matter of conveying this fact to whomever is compiling the list. Application processes for these lists vary, but nearly all include at least one invitation to describe your company’s programs, policies and practices in […]

What Makes a 100 Best Company? It Depends…






Tomorrow I’m off to the Great Place to Work (GPTW) conference in San Diego. GPTW is the company that administers Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” and “50 Best Small and Medium-Size Company” lists. And although I try to make it to this conference most years, this time I’m particularly curious about it, because […]

If Your Company Feels Like Family, Maybe This is Why






Q: What’s one of the most common comments I hear from clients, when I ask them to describe their workplace? A: “We’re like family here.” Whether or not it is healthy to have a company culture that feels like family—and there are arguments on both sides—there is at least one interesting way that all organizations […]

When They Wins, We All Win






A few weeks ago, the American Dialect Society announced the 2015 Word of the Year: the singular “they.” (Lest anyone doubt the authority of the American Dialect Society, let me point out that its “word-of-the-year” event is “the word-of-the-year event up to which all others lead,” according to the—wait for it—website of the American Dialect […]

Recovering Ourselves: The Secret to True Diversity at Work






Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is upon us, and disguise is on my mind. Let me explain. I’ve been mulling over the concept of “covering”—a word that is new to me in this context but has apparently been around since 1963, when it was coined by sociologist Erving Goffman. “Covering” refers to the practice of […]

Six New Year’s Resolutions for Employers






  I’m not very good at New Year’s resolutions. It’s never made sense to me to pick an arbitrary date and pretend I’m going to start doing something—or everything—differently from that point on. Any gym owner can tell you how the weight room and spin classes swell each January, only to return to near-empty by […]

Ten Tips for Getting On
the Working Mother
“100 Best Companies” List






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, getting […]

How Companies Get On Those “Best Company” Lists–And Why






Believe it or not, companies who want a shot at getting on next fall’s  Working Mother “100 Best Companies” list are getting ready to start applying right now. How do they do it? And why? Here’s an update of the post I wrote on this very topic last year: Each year you see them—shouting from […]

Seven Work-and-Life Advances I’m Grateful For This Thanksgiving






It’s been a tough year, both personally and for the country and for the world. And, to my amazement, it is already drawing to a close. Hanukkah just two weeks away? Is that possible? But before Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Festivus, etc., comes Thanksgiving. So once again this year, in honor of all the turkeys to […]