I’ve always been in awe of one of my old friends, Y, who’s negotiated reduced work hours at numerous Big Law firms in a major market — and advanced while doing it. I reached out to her to ask for her top tips on negotiating reduced work hours and her own thoughts on the journey. Below, we present … Read More about Tips on Negotiating Reduced Work Hours
Are you familiar with all the types of flexible work arrangements? Have you thought about asking for one, either because you’re currently pregnant and thinking about your return to work after maternity leave, or because you’ve returned to your regular schedule after having your baby and want to try something different? We’ve put together a quick reference … Read More about Types of Flexible Work Arrangements
While work-life balance is something everyone struggles with (single, married, male, female, young, old), the conversation has certainly been dominated by moms in recent years. But when other groups start to share their thoughts about how they manage their own work-life balance, they have some refreshing perspectives. For example, I’ve seen two instances lately of men … Read More about How to Gamify and Measure Work-Life Balance
Commenters on Corporette were just discussing how one mom should spend Memorial Day weekend with her husband and child away, and I thought this would make a great fantasy open thread over here. What would you do if you had an entire day (or 3) to yourself? Would you shop? Travel? Get together with friends? Spa it … Read More about Mommy, Free Time, and the Weekend: How Would You Spend It? (Fantasy Open Thread)
2017 update: We still stand by the advice below, but you may also want to check out our discussion on what to wear to work after maternity leave! What are some of your best tips for adjusting upon returning to work after maternity leave? What do you wish you’d known, or what did you come to realize? … Read More about Open Thread: Work After Maternity Leave
2018 Update: We still stand by this discussion on working moms, playdates, and introverts — but you may also want to check out some of our other discussions on mom friends. As proud mama to a 4.5-year-old, I’m just going to come out and say it: I’m in playdate hell. To be clear: I like … Read More about Working Moms — and Playdates
A few months ago, a friend and I were talking about how her huge company has a pretty strict face time requirement at the office. As a parent she felt it really limited her upward mobility at the company, and she felt somewhat like she didn’t have a voice in the matter. So we began pondering: how … Read More about Starting a Working Parents’ Group at the Office
2017 Update: We still think this is an interesting discussion about mamas, holidays, and stress. Since it’s that time of year, you may also want to check out our posts on holiday business etiquette. So: anyone else feel like your head is about to explode? Between buying gifts for everyone, including in-laws, cleaning Casa Griffin for … Read More about Mamas, Holidays, and Stress
2018 Update: We still think this is a great discussion of career changes after baby — but you may also want to check out our more recent discussion of The Mommy Effect study and whether women have an unrealistic view of working motherhood. Ladies, have you made career changes after having your baby? If so, … Read More about Job and Career Changes After Baby: Did You Make Changes? How?
How do you find time to spend with your kids? How long each day do you have with them? I can’t find the original article, but there was a story a while ago where a female CEO was quoted as saying that the 15 minutes she spent with her children were the best 15 minutes … Read More about “The Best 15 Minutes of My Day”: How Do You Find Time to Spend With Your Kids?
2017 Update: We still stand by this advice on how to stay connected to the office on maternity leave— links have also been updated below. There was an interesting story over at Above the Law a few weeks ago, where a securities class-action lawyer in New Jersey was seeking unemployment benefits because she had quit … Read More about Maternity Leave — and Staying Connected to the Office
I am far from an expert on traveling for work — particularly while pumping. In fact, I’ve done it exactly twice: once with Jack (for a whirlwind trip to Seattle for a speaking engagement) and once with Harry (for a whirlwind trip to Chicago for an alumni conference). And: what a PITA. Both times, the … Read More about Pumping When You’re Traveling for Work