Topic: flexible work schedule

Semi-Retirement: Are You Cut Out For It?

Semi-Retirement: Are You Cut Out For It?

There’s no rule that says retirement has to be a means to an end. As many people are proving nowadays, it can actually be a great chance at a fresh beginning.

Some people call it phased retirement. Others refer to it as semi-retirement. Essentially, it means working part-time in a job that’s different from your previous career. And it’s not uncommon: A recent CareerBuilder survey found that 60% of workers over the age of 60 plan to look for new jobs after retiring. More »

How Mentoring Led To The First All-Female Congressional Delegation

How Mentoring Led To The First All-Female Congressional Delegation

Congress has been making headlines recently for being even more dysfunctional and deadlocked than usual, thanks to the “fiscal cliff” disaster just narrowly averted. This morning, Politico reported that House Speaker John Boehner walked up to the Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid, as negotiations began and said, “Go f— yourself.” How kind and professional! So it’s about time we got to read an upbeat story about the institution, and here’s a great one: The story of how New Hampshire produced the first all-female congressional delegation, which becomes official tomorrow. As one newly elected representative put it, “Pink is the new power color in New Hampshire.” More »

Corporate Culture Guru Susan Conwell Says The Key To Asking For Job Flexibility Is Confidence

Corporate Culture Guru Susan Conwell Says The Key To Asking For Job Flexibility Is Confidence

Susan Conwell is very concerned with your job satisfaction. In fact, her entire company is formed around the premise that everyone should love their place of employment. Susan is the Global and US CEO of Great Place To Work, a consulting company that helps big and small companies create a positive corporate culture and happy, productive employees. Her company has been helping make the work world better for over 20 years and in more than 40 different countries.

So we sat down with Susan to talk about the aspects of a great company, how you can help make your business work with your life, and the growing concern of the 24/7 work culture. More »

Female Doctors Are Being Told They Shouldn’t Work Part Time Anymore

Female Doctors Are Being Told They Shouldn't Work Part Time Anymore

Female doctors who work part time after starting families could be negatively impacting patients. Dr. Hilary Cass, president of the Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health, told The Guardian that those who typically changed to a three-day-a-week pattern left gaps in the rota which meant the remaining doctors had to work for longer periods. Basically, pediatrics is a popular field for female doctors because it can allow some flexibility but could that actually be detrimental to patient care? More »

The Atlantic’s Provocative New Cover Story: Women Can’t Have It All

The Atlanticâs Provocative New Cover Story: Women Canât Have It All

Here’s the story everyone will be talking about for the next few weeks: In a provocatively titled cover story for the Atlantic, former State Department director of policy planning Anne-Marie Slaughter explains “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All.” Slaughter left her government position and returned to academia when she found it too difficult to juggle her DC job with her responsibilities toward her two sons. And despite hearing over and over from older women that she could have a high-powered government career and mother her children, Slaughter writes, younger women increasingly assume they’ll have to make major sacrifices in one area or the other. The piece makes a forceful argument that something is wrong with this picture. In the words of one blogger on Twitter, it “will break the Internet today.” More »

4 Ways To Have The Perfect Summer Work Schedule

4 Ways To Have The Perfect Summer Work Schedule

Now that Memorial Day weekend has come and gone, summer has unofficially begun. As the days get longer, you may find yourself wishing you were anywhere but in the office. Luckily, a number of ways exist to tweak your summer schedule and maximize your fun in the sun. Here are four ways to get out of the office and enjoy summer more, all way maintaining a full-time work schedule, along with tips on convincing your boss that a flexible summer schedule is even more beneficial to the company than it is to you!
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7 Negative Consequences Of Having A Flexible Job

7 Negative Consequences Of Having A Flexible Job

In the new issue of Marie Claire (on stands now) Elizabeth Eaves explores the downside of having an “extreme job.” The term, coined by Sylvia Anne Hewitt, is actually a result of women fighting for work flexibility. Except as a result we carry around multiple devices a t a time, answer emails during weddings, spend every waking moment with our coworkers in our “fun” offices and never see our significant others or old friends. This condition plagues Generation X (those born between 1965 and 1978) the most. “Nearly a third of us making more than $75,000 hold extreme jobs, and 28% of us logged more hours last year then we had just three years earlier,” wrote Eaves. The money is nice and all but are all the negative effects on our lives worth it? We decided to take a look at some of the consequences of having an extreme job. More »

Do Female Lawyers Have It The Worst?

Do Female Lawyers Have It The Worst?

There are a lot of challenging jobs out there for women but it seems that being a lawyer may be one of the toughest. The law industry could arguably even be on par with women who work in finance. And it seems to have gotten even tougher in the last decade instead of better. In addition to the path being less lucrative, the road to partner seems for women seems to be more difficult. Women at the top of the ladder have trouble advancing and it isn’t easy for lawyers at the associate level as well. Plus sexism, a major mommy penalty, inflexible work schedules and that annoying dress code can’t make it any easier. So we had to ask some women in the field, do female lawyers have it the worst? More »