A few tips every woman should have in their pocket when eating with a potential employer. More
Author Archives: Elisa Kreisinger
I have this ideal fantasy in my head about working in female-driven workplaces: we form strategic alliances in the community, mentor one an other and talk openly about our salaries because we all understand these are important components of career survival. When I actually started working in women-run offices five ago, this fantasy unfortunately shattered. There were women who I didn’t care to know, those who were potentially dangerous to my career and then those who were just plain annoying. My plan to have a sisterhood of women employees was shattered. I’m finding this is true for most workplaces, women run or not. Regardless of your offices’ gender balance or your feminist idealizations of the future, there are people who are just a pain in the ass to work with. More
I have little time and even less money. I usually want to eat healthy but don’t have the energy to make gourmet lunches every morning. And don’t you find that something you prepare will look delicious when you pack it in the morning but disgusting by the time you eat it after noon? Plus, though we all know it is better budget-wise and environment-wise to bring our lunch, isn’t it kind of a pain? Well, here are some tips for bringing your lunch to work that won’t complicate your life any further. Brown bagging it just got a whole lot cooler. More
The peeping tom who mad a nude video of ESPN Anchor Erin Andrews by peering into her hotel room. Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s unwanted advances on the chamber maid. Airport security “pat downs” and Lara Logan’s sexual assault while reporting on Egypt. Now, yes, these are worst case scenarios but working women are just beginning to realize how potentially dangerous business travel can be, if they haven’t already experienced it first hand. More
Two weeks ago, an article was published in The New York Times exploring the gender imbalance of bike commuters in New York. Women were afraid to bike, the article said, because they didn’t want to get sweaty, wear spandex or worse, were too afraid of their surroundings. This week I tried biking to work. Here’s what I found made me feel the most safe, and as a result, gave me the confidence to continue biking after this experiment. More
Most office cultures dictate that salary information must be kept private for fear of chaos and anarchy erupting among cubicles. If employees began comparing notes, the myth goes, they’d start revolting, asking for more and more money, eventually bankrupting the company and driving it into the ground, leaving everyone jobless. You don’t want that, do you? So keep your mouth shut. More
I know I probably don’t have to tell you about the importance of eating breakfast because you know first hand. You’re up and out early and at your desk working by 10 am at the latest. If you haven’t eaten anything by that time, you know the hardships of having nothing in your stomach: Your metabolism is working so hard it feels like an ulcer. You’re cranky and tired and fed up with life. I don’t blame you. You probably didn’t have time to eat or you’re so focused on combating the heat and the subway steam that the thought of food made you nauseous.
It’s dead. It’s not moving anymore. It’s your day job. There’s nothing worse than being stuck in an office in the middle of summer watching the “Out of Office” replies flood your inbox. Every hour, the impulse to storm out of your overly-air conditioned hell and into the bright sunlight grows….but it’s probably not that simple. The unemployment rate is high. You have bills to pay. What if you can’t find an other job or worse, what if you find something that pays you even less?
Your new summer hire isn’t your slave, she’s probably a very smart and ambitious twenty-something trying to get some real world experience. But she’s got an attitude, doesn’t want to do assignments or just does sloppy work when she does. Here are a few tips for making your intern your friend, not your enemy. More