The gig is up. The last day of Summer has slipped right through my fingers, not because I didn't hold on to it tightly enough, but because all good things must come to an end. I can't truly say that I relaxed enough during my Summer break, nor that I grinded hard enough. What I did was somewhere in the…Continue
Added by Takiela Langley on August 3, 2017 at 4:14pm — No Comments
Being a parent who cares for their career as much as their family is one of the most difficult tasks you can imagine. It’s often a game of balancing working hours and being home in time for dinner so that children don’t feel neglected or lonely.
At the same time, your boss is handing you more and more responsibility regardless of your private obligations. While it’s never as easy as it seems, there are ways to alleviate your stress and give your children more attention even though you…Continue
Added by Kerry Creaswood on June 12, 2017 at 9:18am — No Comments
With ever increasing cost of raising children, many families require two incomes to be able to support and raise a family the way they would like. Unfortunately, the cost of childcare can be such a high expense that parents…Continue
Added by Rachael Murphey on May 4, 2017 at 5:43pm — No Comments
Added by Diaries of a Working Mommy on February 19, 2017 at 2:00pm — No Comments
My son often tells me that when he grows up he wants to come and work at my job. He has plans to sit in the cube next to mine and be on my team. He also wants to help distribute candy when the team needs a little pick-me-up on rough days and have lunch with me every day.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on February 23, 2016 at 6:14am — No Comments
In my job, I get to interview a fair number of applicants. I like that part of my role - meeting new people, hearing about their career journeys and goals, and asking why they want to join my team. I have HR-approved questions to ensure that I never ask an "illegal" question, but I am always surprised at how many people just offer up additional details around their life - especially when it comes to parenthood.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on February 16, 2016 at 6:23am — No Comments
When I left the family nest to get settled into my first job, my Mom gave me some advice. She told me some things about my paycheck and finances, she gave me a few words of wisdom when dealing with my coworkers and when I got frustrated with that job, she told me to stick with it until I found something new.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on December 1, 2015 at 6:32am — No Comments
Congratulations, you're having a baby!
You are now seen as a more stable employee - after all, you now have a family to provide for. You'll be earning more money and you have just gotten an edge on any promotions.…
Added by Lauren Markman on November 13, 2015 at 6:38am — No Comments
My son was six weeks old when I returned to work. And I had the same thought every day when I dropped him off at day care:
This is crazy. Why am I working? I should be staying home with him. I mean, my salary covers our healthcare and the cost of his school and some other bills, but I think we could live without it.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on May 20, 2015 at 6:34am — No Comments
Stress is real.
In 2011, I was diagnosed with central serous retinopathy and the doctors made it very clear to me that it was directly related to how my body processes stress.
I remember it like it was yesterday. I sat at my desk…
I have single friends who like to tell me how busy they are or how tired they feel during the day. I also have Mom friends who do not work and who have nanny services who like to tell me how rough it is being a mom.…Continue
When my brother and I were little, my Mom was a stay at home mom (thanks, Mom!). When we got older, she got a job to provide for us (thanks, Mom!). And even though she wasn't home after school or couldn't be around to make dinner every night, we turned out fine. We knew we were loved.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on April 24, 2015 at 6:24am — No Comments
We fight for a fair maternity leave, and a supportive work environment tooth and nail. We do so because we deserve to have a balance between family life and work. If the organizations themselves were aware of the benefits of maternity leave to the organization itself, I think the battle would get much easier. Not only does maternity leave benefit the organization, it also "greatly" benefits the economy. …Continue
Added by Mirna El-Sabbagh on February 8, 2015 at 2:00am — No Comments
It is widely believed (and statistically proved) that women with children are much less likely to make careers and have higher chances to end up in a low-end job. While facts and numbers cannot be denied, one should still remember that there are exceptions to any rule, and if you are contemplating having a kid in the near future, it’s not a MUST to bail on your work.
Lisa Damour, a psychology practitioner, and Sarah Honaker, a pediatrics professor at University of Louisville…Continue
Added by Stacy Green on January 14, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments
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It is wonderful to stop and take time to see what you have learned about yourself during a job search. Each day there are thousands of people all over the country conducting a job search. These searches take place online, in person and via traditional classified advertisements. Most people look at the job search process as a way of asking for things and hoping for results. While that is one way of…Continue
Added by Janeane Davis on January 12, 2015 at 3:24pm — No Comments
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It is thrilling to know that it is possible to accept compliments with dignity and grace. Recently, over the course of two days I gave four different entrepreneurs compliments about how they were operating their businesses and great ideas they had for business ventures. Each of these women failed to…Continue
Added by Janeane Davis on January 3, 2015 at 10:08pm — No Comments
As mentioned in the past, I work for a great company with a great group of people. There are a lot of women on my team, and there are a lot of mothers. We understand what it means to be a working parent: We watch one another's backs and fill in when family emergencies arise.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on December 26, 2014 at 6:52am — No Comments
Everyday, I meet women who once were professionals – they were doctors, software engineers, HR consultants, journalists and so much more. People knew them for their diligence, work ethics and never say no attitude. They had an identity and a career and it was all going upwards.
Then they became MOTHERS and it all changed forever.
They became poop cleaners, food feeders and just obsessed with ‘cleaning up.’ They started getting judged not by their work but by how much weight is…Continue
Added by Bhawna Saini on October 15, 2014 at 9:13pm — No Comments
Moms, we know the value of our role within our families. Although some days I find myself drifting to sleep feeling guilty about my growing disdain for housework, about losing my patience with the kids, about not being very proficient in the kitchen. Children, especially little ones don’t really have any idea about what moms do all day. And, for the most part they probably don’t really care. Which is okay. They are little. Moms are sort of like magic elves that work out of…Continue
Added by Jennifer Wennig on February 6, 2014 at 2:41pm — No Comments
Some of my favorite television shows are those set in the workplace. I love getting a sneak peek into worlds I haven’t experienced. And, since I haven’t worked regularly in an office for many years, I’m fascinated by the dynamics between the characters. Now, I know this is fiction. A lawyer or editor on a TV show is going to be exaggerated, dramatized, too snarky or silly or just plain scary (like Glenn Close’s character on Damage). We are looking for entertainment…Continue