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#NextChat: Crazy Working Momma Tips from #Workflex12

Every day, millions of working moms live by routines.  The alarm rings.  You wake the kids, feed them, make lunches, rush them to daycare or school, and then maybe hit the coffee shop on the way to the office. 

Later it’s shopping, errands, dinner, homework … and then 12 hours later – Rinse.  Repeat. 

For most working moms, the constant merry-go-round is a source of great stress that can result in discouragement, bouts of anxiety, and even physical illness.  When mom’s burned out, everyone suffers.  

Many working moms attempt to maintain a perfect balance every day, but...

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How To Impress A Hiring Manager

If you follow this blog, you know I work for NPR. As you might expect, I get to work with some smart people. Mensa smart. After 18 months at NPR I’ve grown accustomed to the intelligence in the building; but am also reminded of thoughtful, caring and compassionate employees we have quite often.
 
One of these colleagues is Matt Thompson, our Director of Digital Initiatives (and Mischief). Yes, that is his real title. Yes, he is cool enough to carry it. Matt wears many hats at...
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Trying to Please Everyone: The Challenge of the Multigenerational Workforce

As new college graduates continue to inundate the job market and economic concerns have caused older employees to stay in the workforce longer, today’s companies often have employees representing four distinct generations. With more than 50 years separating some employees, managing these multigenerational teams can be incredibly challenging.

Complicating matters is that each generation has its own motivations and strengths they can bring to the table. And they are often contradictory to what you might think. Sure, your youngest workers might be just trying to get their feet wet, but many of today’s leading innovators are under...

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#NEXTCHAT RECAP: How to Break Through the Glass Ceiling Without Getting Cut

On October 17, We Know Next chatted with Jonathan Segal (@Jonathan_HR_Law) about "How to Break through the Glass Ceiling Without Getting Cut ."

Does the glass ceiling really still exist in the 21st century and how can women ensure that their talents and skills are recognized in the workplace?

The hour was filled with enlightening and encouraging tweets, but Jonathan concluded the chat with some of the best, final words of wisdom: "As men, we cannot leave the burden of shattering the glass ceiling to women. We all lose if...

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These might be the next HR roles you need to fill (or perform)

It has become kind of edgy or possibly trendy, (my guess the first three times a new idea is pitched it is edgy, after that it becomes something else, and trendy was the only term I could think of in less than five seconds), to talk about Human Resources in the future in diametrically different contexts that the traditional ones most of us are familiar with. Think about how many times you've read about 'HR is the new PR' or 'HR (and more likely recruiting), is really Sales and Marketing', and even takes that advocate HR as the organization's...

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Executive Book Club: October 2012

A forward-looking and important benchmark resource for organizations, business leaders, and employees, Workflex: The Essential Guide to Effective and Flexible Workplaces provides comprehensive and in-depth information on how to implement a flexible workplace. It is filled with examples, how-to information, advice from experts, and tools to help employers and HR professionals set up and maintain flexible work arrangements that help meet their needs and the needs of their employees.

All across the United States, business leaders and managers—in large, midsize, and small companies, in all industries and...

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10+ Things that men can learn from attending Grace Hopper's Women in Computing Conference

On October 3-6 2012, several thousand gathered in Baltimore, Maryland at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing conference.  The conference -- one of the initiatives of the Anita Borg Institute -- is the largest technical conference for women in computing in the world and results in collaborative proposals, networking and mentoring for junior women and increased visibility for the contributions of top technical women and researchers in computing.

According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, “although women fill close to half of all jobs in the U.S. economy, they hold less than 25 percent of...

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#NEXTCHAT: How to Break Through the Glass Ceiling Without Getting Cut

As we all know, the glass ceiling is the invisible and sometimes impenetrable barrier that prevents women of talent from rising as high as men of equal talent.  While we undeniably have made progress as a society, men still have disproportionate power at the top in most organizations.

When I have described glass ceiling issues, I have had some men dismiss them because they’ve never experienced them. I have never experienced labor pains, but I would be a fool to dismiss their existence simply because I never have experienced them.

A lot has been written on...

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How to Break Through the Glass Ceiling Without Getting Cut

As we all know, the glass ceiling is the invisible and sometimes impenetrable barrier that prevents women of talent from rising as high as men of equal talent.  While we undeniably have made progress as a society, men still have disproportionate power at the top in most organizations.

When I have described glass ceiling issues, I have had some men dismiss the issues because they have never have experienced them. I have never experienced labor pains, but I would be a fool to dismiss their existence simply because I never have experienced them.

A lot has been...

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Are U.S. Companies Using Elections as Scapegoats for Hiring Plans?

Politicians, pundits and job market experts alike frequently cite “uncertainty” as a root cause for weak hiring.

Yes, employers are uncertain about the U.S. economy. They’re also skittish about future tax policy, government spending, oil prices, the Middle East, China’s reduced rate of growth and just about any other aspect of domestic and global affairs that can affect their business. The upcoming presidential election just adds to the anxiety.

In the coming weeks, you’ll probably hear a lot of employers say they’re “waiting to see what happens after the election” before they solidify any hiring—or downsizing—plans.

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