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I just got off the phone with a client, Rob, who works 70 hours
per week, plus he has numerous conference calls and follow-up work
during the weekend. He’s married with a young child and would
like to spend more time with his family. He used to play tennis
regularly but hasn’t been on a court in over two years. Rob
hasn’t even been out with his close circle of friends in
I’ve been working from home for over five years since I
left my corporate job and many people can’t understand how
I’m able to do it. In their minds, working from home is full
of distractions and they imagine Homer Simpson sitting on a couch
drinking a beer, while watching TV. The reality is that anyone can
work from home with ease by having self discipline and focus on the
Most of the time, holiday posts are filled with positive
thoughts and cheery greetings but the reality is that for many
people, holidays don’t always represent those wonderful
moments. Family issues, substance abuse, difficult or controlling
personalities, and over high expectations can get in the way of
even looking forward to the holidays. What if you add to those
issues unhappiness in you...
Back in college, I was obsessed with the plays of Wendy
Wasserstein. To this day (dare I say how many years later?), I will
always think of Wendy Wasserstein and her play “Isn’t
It Romantic” (written in 1983—and no, I wasn’t in
college that long ago!) when I consider if it’s possible for
a woman to “have it all.”
I guess you could say I’m one o...
It’s natural for people to maintain friendships that
are convenient, but sometimes the people we associate with
aren’t necessarily people who bring out our best qualities.
Friends of convenience are those people who happen to be easiest to
associate with because of their physical proximity to you either at
work, in your neighborhood, building, dorm or gym. But these
Oh, the dog days of summer! Full of sunshine, fun activities
and, often, the anticipation of a well-deserved vacation. Whether
upper management or intern, it can be difficult to stay focused
during summer months, and therefore, productivity can suffer.
Unfortunately for businesses, research confirms this dip. A
Captivate Network found that during summer, productivity goes
Individuals who are dedicated to enjoying maximum career success
and job satisfaction understand the importance of participating in
professional development and continuing education activities on an
ongoing basis. Whether you want to change professions, move into
management, or become an outstanding employee in your current
position, constantly striving to improve your skills and knowledge
Employee wellness is a major trend that companies are focusing
on right now because it affects the bottom line. For instance,
about 11% of the workforce suffers from depression and as a result,
they miss nearly nine days per year. This costs companies $23
billion each year, according to the Wall Street Journal.
That’s why companies are increasingly investing in standing
desks and fitness pro...
Let's face it, winter arrived early this year, and if you're
unemployed, it can be hard to keep your motivation up. So, here are
some tips to get you through the doldrums of winter:
Take care of yourself
Eat healthy, drink plenty of water, get a good night's rest,
etc. This is common sense, but these basic needs are the foundation
Part of taking care of yourse...
Dear Joan:I really enjoy your articles
and wisdom. I am in my sixties and have some very pressing personal
issues, aging sick parents (one with cancer, one witha
serious heart condition, etc.), a sister with cancer and a recent
grandchild. They all need my help and I would love to provide it.
Financially I can afford to take a leave of absence for a
year.I have been withthe...
My husband has always managed to balance work and play. Many
years ago he said to me, after I’d logged another 50 hour
week, “What do you want your tombstone to read, Joan?
‘She was a really hard worker?’” Don’t you
just hate it when they’re right? And it didn’t stop
there. He had his ways. Most notable of which was his tactic of
As someone who is passionate about the whole work/life
choice issue, how to prioritize comes up often in my life as
working mother of two very energetic toddler girls and in the life
of the students and clients I work with. One thing that helps in
managing work, family, and school is prioritizing your workday
effectively. I know that when I am on my game and smoothly getting
through my work ...
There has not been a single managers’ workshop I
have conducted over the past four years where the issue of
“Work-Life Balance” has not come up by noon on the
first day. When it surfaces, it is endorsed by a chorus of agreeing
groans from almost everyone in the workshop. What is the big deal
I have to admit, this seems to be more of a problem
for managers than ...
Do you have career dreams or wishes that you want to come
true, but when you tell people your thoughts they have no idea what
you are saying? Or, they understand your words, but then they try
to talk you out of it, or they give you a long speech about why it
Not everyone will understand what you want to accomplish in
your career. Maybe you want a new job but the people in your l...
One variation of the saying goes, “If you don’t
know where you’re going, any road will do.” Or, as
another puts it, “If you don’t know where you’re
going, you’re likely to wind up somewhere else.” When
applied to establishing a successful career, not knowing where
you’re headed or how you’re going to get there spells
Admit it. We’ve all stepped in it at some time during
our careers. Maybe we had a few too many drinks at a party or
blurted something out without thinking. Here are some gaffs, goofs
and other bone-headed moves you can only hope you never make:
Nothing about this is a good idea. A colleague came home from
work furious about something her boss said that day. The more she...
Unless you have unlimited money and unlimited time—and
who does?—the choices you make may be costing you dearly in
terms of your career. Managers and business owners usually
understand the principle that says if you spend time and money on
one thing, you are, in effect, choosing not to spend it on
something else—and that something else is a missed
opportunity. Individuals ...
Most people look for approval from the outside. They want to
feel good about their choices and career path. They want validation
that they are doing the right things at the right time and are
being understood and respected for their decisions. After all, who
doesn't want to hear the sound of applause or cheers due to their
efforts? The truth is approval makes us feel better about
I am having what many now call the Quarter-Life Crisis. I feel
like my life is collapsing around me but I have this piece of hope
left but I need guidance.
I am a 23 year old female and I have been at my company now
for almost six months and have recently transitioned into a sales
role and I feel like I am now pulling teeth, and every day I feel
like I’m losing more and mor...
I recently (about two months ago) started a new job after
being employed in the same position for nine years. I like
this position overall, but as I'm learning more about the way
things are done, it confirms my thoughts when I started there that
I'd be looking to move on after a year or two.
Even more recently I learned that the job I really wanted
(same title, different or...
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