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Newest Balancing Family and Work Articles

What Is Work-Life Balance, Anyway?

By Julie Cohen

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 months. ...

The Self Discipline Required to Successfully Work From Home

By Dan Schawbel

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 work ...

How to Overcome the Bumps and Bruises During the Holidays

By Julie Walraven

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...

Gender Gaps

By Jeana Quigley

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...

Hang Out With People Who Bring Out Your Best

By Beth Kuhel

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 “friend...

Tips and Tricks to Boost Employee Productivity This Summer

By Molly Moseley

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 study by Captivate Network found that during summer, productivity goes down (20...

Professional Development Can Keep You Ahead of the Curve

By Mary Gormandy White

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 ...

Stay Healthy on the Path to Career Success

By Dan Schawbel

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...

Unemployed? How to Keep Up Your Motivation During the Dreary Winter Months

By Connie Hauer

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 of everything. Exercise Part of taking care of yourse...

Leave of Absense For a Year

By Joan Lloyd

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...

How Much is Enough?

By Joan Lloyd

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 planning trip...

How to prioritize when everything is a priority?

By Maggie Tomas

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 ...

Work-Life Balance... What's the Real Problem?

By Mike Cook

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 here? I have to admit, this seems to be more of a problem for managers than ...

Your Career-Not Everyone Will Understand You

By Deborah Brown-Volkman

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 won't work. Not everyone will understand what you want to accomplish in your career. Maybe you want a new job but the people in your l...

Any Road Will (Not) Do: 6 Tips for Successful Career Management

By Georgia Adamson

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 trouble ...

Gaffs, Goofs and Other Bone-Headed Career Moves

By Joan Lloyd

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: Drunk emailing Nothing about this is a good idea. A colleague came home from work furious about something her boss said that day. The more she...

Career Opportunity Costs - What are Missed Opportunities Costing You?

By Georgia Adamson

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 ...

Career Approval Comes From You

By Deborah Brown-Volkman

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 ourselves. ...

Stuck in a company that isn't for me

By Joan Lloyd

Dear Joan: 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...

Leaving so soon?

By Joan Lloyd

Dear Joan: 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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