‘Work-Life’ Category

August 6th, 2014, 6:00 am

Four Ways to Balance Motherhood with a Career in the C-Suite

Guest Contribution By Neela Seenandan The debate on working mothers is usually framed in “you can’t have it all” terms and often pits working mothers against their stay-at-home counterparts. Typically, the discussion focuses on middle-class mothers in mid-level jobs. But what about balancing motherhood and work in the C-suite? Are the issues appreciably different for [...]

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June 20th, 2014, 6:00 am

Career Breaks: the good, the bad and the ugly

By Nneka Orji Do you dream of hitting the pause button on your career? You don’t necessarily want to hit stop but you want just enough time to pause and reflect without the day-to-day pressures of a demanding career. But how many of us are willing to take a career break and at what cost? [...]

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March 28th, 2014, 6:00 am

Finding Balance between Work and Family – How to Avoid Missing Out

By Kelly Tanner The long-standing struggle to find balance between work and family has left many women wishing for an easier path. When asked about their primary reasons for leaving jobs in Corporate America, women state concern that they are missing out on quality moments and milestones with their children. This absence is made more [...]

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February 14th, 2014, 6:00 am

Tackling Pregnancy Discrimination is Good for the Bottom Line

By Nicole V. Rohr In November 2013, the Equality and Human Rights Commission in the U.K. launched a major investigation into the discrimination faced by pregnant women in the workplace. According to a press release, the new project intends to investigate workplace practices and explore the causes and effects of pregnancy and maternity discrimination. Equality [...]

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January 16th, 2014, 6:00 am

Flexibility Stigma: The Unspoken Problem Facing Working Women and Men

By Tina Vasquez, Editor According to Professor Victoria Brescoll’s June 2013 study, “Ask and Ye Shall Receive? The Dynamics of Employer-Provided Flexible Work Options and the Need for Public Policy”, managers are most likely to grant flexible work schedules to men in high-status jobs who request flextime to pursue career advancement opportunities. Women in both [...]

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January 10th, 2014, 6:00 am

Can You Bring Your Whole Self to Work?

By Melissa J. Anderson (New York City) Are you the same person at work as you are at home? For many women, especially those working in male-dominated industries like the financial services, law, or technology, the answer is no. Whether that means feeling pressured to conform to outmoded gender stereotypes or to leave family concerns [...]

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January 7th, 2014, 6:00 am

Be Happy – It’s All About Autonomy

By Melissa J. Anderson (New York City) According to recent research out of Northwestern University and Stanford University, it is possible to make yourself more happy. In fact, the study suggests, there may be a connection between happiness and personal empowerment. That is, acknowledging that you have the power to change your own level of [...]

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November 26th, 2013, 6:00 am

What Does “Having It All” Mean?

By Hadley Catalano How do professional women measure success? What does it mean to “have it all”? These questions have been dissected time and time again, with the most discussed addition to the conversation coming from Ann-Marie Slaughter’s now infamous 2012 Atlantic article “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All.” The gist of Slaughter’s take [...]

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October 17th, 2013, 1:00 pm

Access to Flex is a Key Driver of Ambition for Women

By Melissa J. Anderson (New York City) Recent Catalyst research shows that access to flexible working arrangements is a critical driver of ambition for high potential women. The global study of high potential employees, released in early July, shows the availability of flexible working arrangements is widespread, with 81 percent of respondents (both men and [...]

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October 11th, 2013, 6:00 am

Extracurriculars Are Not Just for Kids: The Career Payoffs of Volunteer Experience

By Gabrielle Rapke Hoffman Nearly 27% of adults in America volunteer through a formal organization, with that rate increasing to 42% among college graduates. Across the board, women volunteer at a higher rate than men. Although some people volunteer for purely altruistic reasons, the social, psychological, and career benefits of volunteering should not be underestimated. [...]

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