Topic: time off

What The Most Successful People Do On The Weekend

What The Most Successful People Do On The Weekend

Sleeping in. Surfing the web. Catching up on laundry. Ferrying the kids to taekwondo. If that sounds like your typical weekend, take half an hour this Saturday or Sunday, tear yourself away from email or the latest Kardashian goings-on, and read Laura Vanderkam’s new e-book, What the Most Successful People Do On the Weekend, the sequel to her best-selling What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast.  More »

‘Frankenstorm’ Hurricane Sandy Means Flooding, Winds — And Some Unexpected Time Off Work

âFrankenstormâ Hurricane Sandy Means Flooding, Winds â And Some Unexpected Time Off Work

Massive Hurricane Sandy is blowing its way onto the East Coast, with some meteorologists saying it could be the largest, most devastating storm the region has ever felt. “One of the biggest storms of our lifetimes is unfolding right now,” Weather Channel anchor Kelly Cass said. The hurricane could leave as many as 10 million people without power, and cause billions in damage (not to mention injuries or even deaths). But there is a silver lining here: Basically the entire East Coast has the day (at least) off work. More »

How To Prepare Your Employees For Your Holiday Vacation

How To Prepare Your Employees For Your Holiday Vacation

Hundreds of thousands of people will be travelling for the holidays, leaving the hustle of work for a little family time. Some businesses simply close down for the week between Christmas and New Years. Others have to fight to get a skeleton shift to work. With school out of session and lots of winter traditions to cram in, a lot of us will be missing our normal 9-5 over the holidays. So in the next couple days, managers everywhere will be preparing for time-off to make sure that they’re leaving whatever staff is left ready to take over in their absence. More »

It Doesn’t Matter How You Have A Baby, You Deserve Maternity Leave

It Doesn't Matter How You Have A Baby, You Deserve Maternity Leave

Every person heals differently and labor is no exception. I spent a week after delivering my daughter feeling unbelievably crappy. Then, my body was pretty much back to normal. I mean, there was a baby attached to it constantly, but it functioned in much the same manor as it always had. Others have a much harder time recooperating from childbirth. A million factors come in to play, from your health before the pregnancy to the difficulties of your labor. With all this taken into account, I still can’t imagine that a woman would take twelve weeks to bounce back from having baby, unless there were extreme extenuating circumstances. I would assume that after four weeks, most women are fully functional.

So why do most companies (and countries) give at least twelve weeks of maternity leave? I always assumed that people understood the need for new mothers to have time to bond with their infants. I thought that those extra eight weeks were to allow mothers and children and opportunity to connect before moms head back to work. Just like taking time off from work to help a sick family member, maternity leave should give us the chance to take care of our extremely vulnerable and needy little ones. Apparently, I was all wrong.
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