Archive: October 2008
We've already established that health insurance is one of the top concerns of new hires negotiating a compensation package with an employer. As for those of us with part-time, contract, or full-time jobs that don't come with health coverage, we...
This summer, there was a lot of talk about employers switching to shorter workweeks (specifically, four 10-hour days each week) to save in-house energy costs and give employees some relief at the gas pump. I've heard some folks grumble that...
What would you have done differently this summer if you'd have known how hard the recession would hit?
In talking to friends and neighbors this weekend, I began to detect a theme. Not being economists or psychics, none of us could have predicted how hard the stock market would tank this fall (and how much our retirement savings...
I love that Seattle is the birthplace of Take Back Your Time, an initiative that aims to get Americans to work less and smell the roses a little more -- and employers and government policies to make doing so a bit more feasible....
What about taking a work call while out to dinner with a date? Or how about when you're back at home, in the bedroom, canoodling with said date? According to a new survey released by Nokia, which I found mentioned on TMCNet.com this week, 53 percent of Americans said they...
In my previous post, I raised the question of whether the current recession would erode some of the work/life balance innovations we've seen in the workplace in the past decade. Since the year began, we've seen headlines about unusual workplace benefits ranging from "heartbreak leave"...
Journalist Lisa Belkin, who coined the phrase "opt out," speculates on the future of work/life balance
Whether you took keen interest in -- or great offense at -- New York Times writer Lisa Belkin's 2003 piece "The Opt-Out Revolution," you can't deny the impact this six-year-old article has had on the nation's conversation about work/life balance. (For those...
Last week, I wrote about how to avoid work at home scams. Why? Because I get a lot of email from people who've either been out of the workforce a while to raise their kids or have had it with commuting to...
Staffcentrix, an East Coast training firm that specializes in telework and home-based careers, caught my attention today with a press release featuring this cautionary headline: "Work at Home Scam Ratio Rises 12% as Jobseekers Scramble for Home-Based Jobs" If anyone knows this, it's the...
Last month I wrote about some steps you can take if the worst happens and you lose your job. Along with "Palin," "election," "bailout," "foreclosure," and "401(k)," the word "layoff" seems to be on the tip of everyone's tongue these...
One of my favorite bloggers and career coaches, Curt Rosengren, is offering a free 90-minute workshop on Mercer Island tonight for anyone looking to give their career a shot in the arm and rekindle some of the magic they once felt...
This summer, I wrote a post called Is work/life balance dead, or is it just being redefined by technology? Many of you had a lot to say on the topic. But a recent study by the Pew Internet and American Life Project...
Forget the symbolism of having a working mother of five on the VP ballot -- show me the work/life balance policies
I wanted to avoid writing about Sarah "How Does She Juggle It All?" Palin and what her candidacy might mean for working women. This isn't a political blog; it's a career blog. And entire oceans of ink have been spilled...
Karen Burns is the author of The Amazing Adventures of Working Girl, a career guide based on her 59 jobs over 40 years in 22 cities.
Kristen Fife is a senior recruiter, career mentor, blogger and resume consultant based in the Seattle area.
Lisa Quast is a certified career coach, mentor, business consultant, former corporate executive and author based in the Seattle area.
Randy Woods writes about job-search tools, networking techniques and other tips to help you land your dream job.
Matt Youngquist is the president of Career Horizons, a career counseling firm.
Natalie Singer is a Seattle writer, editor and small-business owner.
Michelle Goodman is the author of "My So-Called Freelance Life" and "The Anti 9-to-5 Guide."
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