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“You can’t do it all, and do it all well.” That statement has been a source of conflict for so many working moms who want to be successful both at home and at work. As a result, many women have chosen to “opt-out” of the workforce in favor of being full-time moms. But according to a recent article in The Boston Globe, women really can have it all. As reporter Shirley Leung notes, “So many women have left corporate America to raise a family that the female brain drain can no longer be ignored. Employers are starting to woo us back with return-to-work internships andRead More →

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Should companies be more accommodating about flexible work schedules or is being in the office necessary for teamwork and productivity? As more organizations choose flexibility for their workers, other major companies – such as Yahoo, Best Buy and Bank of America – are doing away with such programs in favor of “face time” rather than flextime. So which is better? According to a recent article in the Harvard Business Review, flexible work arrangements are not only becoming the norm at companies (a survey revealed 81% of high-performing employees reported that they were currently working at a firm that offers flexible work arrangements of some kind),Read More →

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Job-related responsibilities are, for the most part, easily defined. You and your coworkers are assigned specific duties based on your individual strengths and work cohesively to achieve success. When it comes to responsibilities at home, however, the standard is shifting in these modern times. Traditional gender roles used to place most of the domestic responsibilities—child rearing, cooking and cleaning—on the woman. Sixty years ago, when many women did not work outside the home, this domestic arrangement was feasible. Fast forward to 2013, the vast majority of U.S. women are now working full-time. In fact, a recent New York Times article noted that four in 10Read More →

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Balancing motherhood and work is a science that in my mind never is perfected, but always a work in progress. It requires a different frame of mind and the acceptance that you might make some mistakes along the way. First and foremost, give yourself the benefit of the doubt. This is a constant period of trial and error—and the basis for tip number one. Stay positive, you are not alone. These can be trying times and like anything new, it takes time to get used to balancing work and home life. Do realize, however, that even when it seems like things are at their most overwhelming,Read More →

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As the job market continues to recover and employee confidence increases, more employees will be keeping their options open for other job opportunities. In this competitive market, it takes more than salary and other traditional benefits to lure potential employees – especially when it comes to women workers. With women making up more than half of the U.S. work force, employers are playing close attention to what motivates women to choose one employer over another. Randstad took a closer look at what women want in a recent Employer Branding survey conducted by Randstad US. The study, which surveyed 7,000 people nationwide with a variety ofRead More →

Seven signs to combat workplace stress

Is your workplace killing you? Chances are, if you are not managing stress properly, you can relate with this sentiment. Stressed much? Occupational stress (commonly referred to as workplace stress) occurs when there is a discrepancy between the demands and burdens placed by the workplace and an employee’s inability to meet them successfully. Stress can be mental, emotional, or physiological and it can be caused by all kinds of factors and situations—work overload, toxic physical environment, difficult interpersonal relationships between co-workers or management, long working hours, lack of independence, unsupportive management styles, poor payscales and advancement opportunities, any kind of harrasment, and finally, lack ofRead More →

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Working from home is now a reality for more than 26 million people. It can be part-time or full-time, for an employer or as an entrepreneur. Generally, working from home is seen as one of the choice benefits that companies can bestow on employees, or as one of the perks of being self-employed. How do you envision the typical day of working from home? Freed from a daily commute, do you perceive it as a leisurely day, complete with jammies and bunny slippers? Or maybe you think it entails flexibility to set whatever hours you want to in order to accommodate your loved ones’ schedulesRead More →

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Whether you are currently working as a manager or are a stay-at-home mom looking to get back into a management role after taking time off, you possess skills that are very transferable to the other side of your life. 1. Project/quality management: At work, you need to keep everything moving smoothly so that, ultimately, the customers get the quality products or services they are looking for when they expect them. This oftentimes requires that multiple initiatives be coordinated at the same time. At home, your family demands to be taken to various activities, be fed good food by a certain time, live in a clean house, haveRead More →

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I know – the title of this post is a loaded question. The feminist in me scoffs at it and asks, “And why not? Men have been doing it without problems or questions for centuries. So now, in 2011, isn’t it about time that women would be able to do it, too?” And then there is the realist in me. The working woman who added “mommy” to her titles through adoption nearly five years ago when that sweet, scared, 16-month-old girl was placed in my arms. Who accepted a position with a statewide organization to be able to work part-time hours to be able toRead More →

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Do you dream of being able to work from home? Do you wish some days you could roll out of bed and immediately start accomplishing your tasks for the day, without having to make the dreaded commute to the office? More and more companies are implementing flexible work options into their workplaces because of the demand for it. Working virtually, telecommuting or creating a flexible schedule is important to a lot of career professionals – in fact, 51 percent of working adults (18-44) plan to look for a new job within the next three years with an employer that offers these options, a survey by MomCorps revealed.Read More →