Look Before You Leap

Look Before You Leap
The New York Times Upshot just released a map of the United States which illustrates where working women are most common. Both men and women are unemployed in areas with high, concentrated poverty such as Appalachia, the Deep South, and the interior southwest. There are high female employment rates in areas of New England and the upper Midwest. Approximately 70 percent of women ages 25 to 54 are currently employed and that rate has been rising throughout the past few decades. The majority ... Read more
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Take Your Commute From Boring to Brilliant

Take Your Commute From Boring to Brilliant
The average worker in the United States commutes about 25 minutes each way. That’s 50 minutes each day in “planes, trains, and automobiles.” If you’re like me and work in a major metropolitan city, that commuting time can soar to over an hour each way. If you add that time up, it equals a significant amount of sitting, boredom, and possibly frustration and anger at traffic, fellow drivers, and a myriad of things out of your control. I slugged through my travels on the train and in the car ... Read more
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When I’m Part of the Problem

When I’m Part of the Problem
I’ve always been willing to pitch in, do my part, and stay late to get the job done. There haven’t been many jobs I’ve deemed “beneath me” and that means countless hours copying, organizing, collating, stapling, and on and on. I don’t have a lot of patience for complainers and I pride myself on never being accused of such. However, I’ve also learned that being the reliable “doer” puts me at a disadvantage. I can be counted on to do…no matter what that means, and sometimes it means ... Read more
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Self Advocacy is a Required Skill in the Workplace

Self Advocacy is a Required Skill in the Workplace
Sometimes when women stand up for themselves, they are labeled aggressive, or self-centered, even bitchy. As a result, women may be more reluctant than men to take issue with a decision in the workplace that is unfair or that affects them personally. They may want to be seen as a team player or perhaps they are a bit intimidated by an existing old boy’s network and are trying to stay under the radar. Or perhaps they simply are unsure about how and when to speak up.This isn’t a ... Read more
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Don’t Postpone Positive Action

Don’t Postpone Positive Action
When you enter the professional workforce, constantly moving forward is hard work. There is so much new stuff to juggle that it is easy to feel overwhelmed.  Sometimes the desire to simply coast for a week, or month, or year seems attractive, almost seductive. What happens when we find ourselves unmotivated or bogged down in our personal or work lives? Many factors can be roadblocks to success. For example, health issues can sap energy. That cold you can’t kick, that recurrent neck ... Read more
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Be Your Own Cheerleader

Be Your Own Cheerleader
You know the type of day—you get up and have no energy. You can’t find anything you want to wear or anything that you think looks good on you. Your hair doesn’t cooperate and by 8:30 in the morning you know you are going to have a bad day. And thinking that, you probably will. Our personal attitude and the self-talk we engage in are powerful forces—so powerful, in fact, that they can shape our outlook, behavior, and performance inside and outside of the office. We all keep up a ... Read more
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Why Are We Still Fighting for Pay Equity?

Why Are We Still Fighting for Pay Equity?
Bobbi de Córdova-Hanks Bobbi de Córdova-Hanks retired after 25+ years as a professional musician. Since then, she has been a news bureau manager, writer/editor, author and for the past 26 years, the founder of Bosom Buddies, a full-service support, education and advocacy program of the Women’s Center of Jacksonville. My first job in the workforce was in the creative field. I had just graduated from college with a degree in music. My beloved father thought I would starve to death and he said ... Read more
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Job Hopping Your Way to Success?

Job Hopping Your Way to Success?
The 2014 Employee Viewpoint Survey conducted by the government’s Office of Personnel Management found that millennials who accept a position with a government agency stay slightly less than four years. If you are in your 20s or early 30s, four years might seem like a long time to you. You may fear getting locked into a job or missing new opportunities. You may have been told that the only way to get ahead is by changing jobs so that you continue to grow both your salary and your ... Read more
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Busyness is not a Badge of Honor

Busyness is not a Badge of Honor
Recently an expert n television claimed that people put too much stock in the concept of work-life balance, that the focus should simply be on life with a capital L. There was then a discussion about whether we have entered an era of self-focus (think mani, pedi and massage, gym memberships, and constant connectivity with friends), or whether work still dominates our lives. Is the average person working more than forty hours per week, chained to their desks, laptops, and phones? Are people ... Read more
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How to Discipline Your Calendar

How to Discipline Your Calendar
Recently I was stuck in an airport waiting for a connecting flight that was delayed. I was grateful it was still coming, but I realized that I would now get home much later than I had expected — well after midnight. I was also thinking that I had an early morning meeting the next day. My next thoughts were around how this schedule compression had occurred once again. Who accepts meeting invitations? (I do.) Who keeps/approves my calendar? (I do.) I may have an Executive Assistant who ... Read more
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