Efforts to increase diversity in our workplaces has been dismally slow over the last few decades, despite business initiatives, research and even expansions of the very definition of diversity. Like many, I find this frustrating. I find it especially frustrating that in light of #metoo, the public shaming of powerful men, and new courage among investigative journalists, I and many other women I know don’t expect to see much change in the dominant workplace culture. I find it frustrating that … [Read more...]
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When Stress Can Actually Be a Good Thing “I’m so stressed!” “This is so stressful!” “I don’t need stress in my life right now!” These commonly heard phrases all point to the idea that stress (and the difficult people who cause it) is something negative that needs to be eradicated from your life. There have been many debates on the best strategies to combat stress in the long-term but everyone is different and this is something that is really important to remember. Women, and parents in … [Read more...]
By Anna Williams Women in today’s economy have more options than ever before, comprising almost 47 percent of the U.S. workforce. Among mothers with children under age 18, over 70 percent are employed. Women are more likely than men to earn a bachelor’s degree before age 30. But what are good careers for women? Women have to factor in a different set of career planning considerations than men do. We still struggle to “have it all.” Biologically speaking, women in the family are the ones … [Read more...]
Why would anyone follow a leader with no self-confidence? They wouldn’t. Do women struggle with self-confidence more than men? Yes. Then why are we surprised when there aren’t as many female leaders as male leaders in our businesses and society? We shouldn’t be. Now, I know very well that moving women into more leadership positions is a bit more complicated than this and I’m not trying to suggest an easy fix to women’s inequality… but I am saying that for too long women have “bought” the … [Read more...]
The lack of workforce diversity affects virtually every business. We need to figure out how to fight the kind of workplace discrimination that creates cultural uniformity in our businesses for two reasons. First, it’s the right thing to do; when more of our workplaces become safe havens for diverse people and cultures, our broader society will benefit. As the Harvey Weinstein debacle has shown us, those who are willing to abuse their power at work perpetuate a broader culture of fear and … [Read more...]
Welcome to “Dear Dana”, our weekly column to give you career and workplace advice/coaching. Please write in and tell me about a career challenge or frustration you’re facing at the office! – Dana Theus Dear Dana, I’ve had several jobs since I got out of grad school but I’ve gotten them all through people I know in my (pretty small) field. Now I’m considering a career change and I have had a couple of informational interviews – I’m getting excited about what I could be doing in the … [Read more...]
Networking success isn’t just about getting a new job, it’s an important leadership skill, which can help you do your job more effectively. The higher you go the less important it is that you be able to execute the technical details that your team takes care of, and the more important your ability to clear out obstacles with peers and superiors, find information and locate resources. This means you have to know who to call and know they’ll pick up the phone when you do; both more likely if … [Read more...]
Welcome to “Dear Dana”, our regular column to give you career and workplace advice/coaching. Please write in and tell me about a career challenge or frustration you’re facing at the office! –Dana Theus Dear Dana, I’ve recently been promoted to an executive position in my company and I read your article about how senior women can help change corporate culture regarding gender and sexual discrimination and harassment. In my new position, I now see things that are walking the line of sexism and … [Read more...]
By: Anna Williams Last week in part 1 of our working mother advice mini-series, we talked about the challenge of juggling work, kids at home at the end of summer, and back-to-school prep all in the busy month of August. Here are a few more thoughts on getting ready for the new school year and enjoying the end of summer: Preparing for the school year What practical steps can we working mothers take to make the transition out of summer easier for us and our kids? With any changes in routine … [Read more...]
In the U.S. labor force today, women comprise 47% of workers. Among mothers with children younger than 18, more than 75% have full-time careers. Being a working mom may be the norm nowadays, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy or stress-free, especially during seasons of transition, like the back-to-school season. The stress of being a working mom can be significantly compounded by end-of-summer schedule changes and gaps in child care. School-age kids who were attending summer camps may be home … [Read more...]