Category Archives: Flexible Work

Uncover the True Flexible Work Culture of a Company

Flexible work culture

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Perhaps you know someone or have even experienced this scenario yourself: you have just completed a few promising interviews for a dream job. The employer and your potential supervisor appear to meet all your key criteria, and you believe they will even work with you on a flexible arrangement. You are so enthusiastic about this opportunity that when you receive an offer, you can hardly contain your excitement. Fast forward to a few months of working, and the company’s true culture becomes more clear. Sadly they are not what they seemed. You feel deflated and blindsided. You wonder what you could have done to prevent such a disappointing outcome? Read More →

How to Tailor Your Resume and Cover Letter for Flexible Jobs

Tailor your job search documents

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One of the most common tips we career experts shout from our office rooftops is that one must always tailor job search documents. When an astute client was recently seeking a job with a flexible work arrangement, she wondered if she should apply the same principle to her resume and cover letter. But what exactly would this look like in terms of a flex position? Read More →

Organizations that Help Individuals Find Flexible Work

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In recent years there has been exponential growth of companies offering job search and placement services that focus on flexible work opportunities. This is a noteworthy and much-needed development, especially as more women (and men) today desire flexible arrangements as a way to better integrate their work and personal lives. In the past, the major challenge was just finding a flexible opportunity, if one even existed. Now these services literally bring the jobs right to us. Read More →

2017 Lists of Best Companies for Flexible Work

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Are you looking for a flexible job? Whether you want more flexibility to take care of children or parents, pursue a new career, tend to a health issue, or engage in a serious hobby, today it seems that just about everyone desires a work schedule that is more in their control. Furthermore, research shows that flexible arrangements benefit both the employee as well as the employer. What’s not to love about flexibility? Read More →

Are You Dissatisfied with Your Flexible Work Arrangement?

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I recently coached a mom, Elizabeth*, who had a flexible position working from home as a freelancer. This arrangement had been an ideal situation for Elizabeth and her family, given that her husband was often traveling for his work and their three children were still quite young. In addition, this set up allowed her to keep a foot in the workplace door, continue to use skills that she had developed over the past ten years, and engage in work that she enjoys.

Sounds ideal, right? You might even feel a slight pang of envy, especially if you have been dreaming of a similar arrangement. Elizabeth acknowledged that she is lucky, but also came to realize that this work set-up was simply not ideal for her. She found over the long run that she missed aspects of her previous “in-the-office” job. Working from home 100% of the time felt lonely and isolating. Read More →

A New Path for Millennials: The Work-Life Balance Career Plan

Work-life balance career plan

This article was originally posted on LinkedIn Pulse.

It is not a secret that Millennials highly value and are prioritizing work-life balance in their careers, perhaps more than any generation before them. The Boston College Center for Work & Family recently released a report, How Millennials Navigate Their Careers: Young Adult Views on Work, Life and Success, which further highlights this notion. Their study of 1,100 employed Millennials found that in terms of career success measures, work-life balance was rated as important or extremely important to nearly all respondents (94%), and was the “highest extremely important rating of all the top-rated measures”. In addition the majority of Millennials in the sample “clearly felt that their lives outside of work were much more important to their sense of identity than their careers”. Read More →

Flexible Work for the Twists and Turns of Family Life

Ezzys Photography-18This post originally appeared on the Mom-mentum blog (see this link). Mom-mentum is a wonderful organization that supports women through Centers, programs, and advocacy. You can learn more about them here.

Before having my oldest, I thought I had it all figured out; I was going to stay at home and work one night a week as a career counselor at a university in the city and start a private practice. I anticipated this would be the perfect arrangement for our unborn baby, my husband, and myself. However, I soon learned, it is nearly impossible to predict how we will feel once our bundle of joy arrives, what our infant will be like, and how multiple other factors will converge. Read More →

Being a Female Business Owner and Offering Flexible Work

Business ownerI’m really excited to share this guest post featuring a woman-owned business and director who supports her staff with an open mind and flexible work. Thank you to Lisa Heidle for conducting and writing this interview with Teresa Woodruff, the founder and director of the Art It Out Therapy Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Teresa shows that when flexible work is done in the right way with support, it can benefit everyone involved, including staff members, clients, and the business.

Art It Out Therapy Center in Atlanta, Georgia opened in 2009 with Teresa and one other therapist. Today, the Center has seven therapists, administrative staff and interns. Here Teresa shares her experiences as a female business owner and mother and her thoughts on leading an all-female staff, flex-time in the office and maintaining a work-life balance. Read More →

Move Over Ideal Worker: Make Room for the New Ultimate Employee

The ideal worker

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Do you fit the traditional ideal worker norm, or the concept of the ultimate employee who is completely dedicated to work and uninhibited by anything else in life? The worker who comes in early, stays late, is never sick, and is available to fly off on a business trip whenever needed?

Introducing the Ideal Worker

The ideal worker bias has been alive in the U.S. for quite some time and is partially based on the 1950s company man whose wife stayed at home and tended to the children. It refers to the employees who we believe are the most committed, hardest working, and most productive. These individuals are also the ones who are more likely to be promoted, receive higher pay, and gain power in the workplace. Read More →

What I Want for Mother’s Day: More Support for Working Moms

Support for working moms

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We celebrate moms each year on Mother’s Day, recognizing all that they do and sacrifice for their children, families, and society (after all, they are raising our future generations). However, this sentiment does not seem to transfer to the workplace. Research has shown that working mothers are treated unfavorably compared to their counterparts and even suffer the “Motherhood Penalty”, resulting in lower pay, less respect, fewer job options, and fewer flexible arrangement opportunities. All I want for Mother’s Day, and beyond, is more work-family support for all moms out there (which will inevitably benefit other workers as well). Here’s my wish list: Read More →