Topic: work life balance

Bullish: What Do You Really Owe Your Family? (Also: Solving Problems Without Sacrificing Yourself)

Bullish: What Do You Really Owe Your Family? (Also: Solving Problems Without Sacrificing Yourself)

I just had drinks with a friend who is a career coach in her sixties. She hasn’t read any Bullish columns, and when I told her that I often suggest that young women totally forget about work/life balance until at least age 30, she was visibly startled. I told her that it’s hard out there, and if you follow the crowd, there will not be any Social Security for you when you need it, and you don’t want to be in the same boat as the rest of the crowd. I’m not sure she believed me. More »

‘I Have To Work With My Ex Everyday’

âI Have To Work With My Ex Everydayâ

With 38% of workers saying they have dated a co-worker at least once over the course of their career and 17% reporting they dated co-workers at least twice, there are inevitable going to be some relationships that don’t go well. But even though the relationship is over, guess what isn’t? Your job. You still have to show up everyday and work with this person. “Whether you’re dating someone higher-up or a colleague at the same level, office romances are always tricky,” said Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources at CareerBuilder. We talked to some people who had to work with their ex everyday. More »

‘I Downplay My Career For The Sake Of My Relationship’

âI Downplay My Career For The Sake Of My Relationshipâ

Do some women downplay their career success or ambition for the sake of their relationship? In some relationships, career competition can be a major point of tension. We haven’t taken a poll, but it seems that men may be more threatened by a driven women than the opposite. We decided to talk to some women who feel they have had to do this to save their relationships.

In the past few months we have been bombarded with studies telling us women are the richer sex, are going to make all the money in the next 25 years and that we don’t even need men anymore to have children or just be happy. Heck some women are marrying themselves! But are all these women going to be single because their career ambition will ruin their relationships? More »

Are Female Fashion Designers At A Disadvantage Because They Aren’t As Social As Men?

Are Female Fashion Designers At A Disadvantage Because They Arenât As Social As Men?

A few weeks ago Nicole Phelps of Style.com asked why aren’t there more successful female fashion designers in New York? It seemed like an odd question considering that when most of us think of fashion we think of women. But actually Phelps pointed out that though fashion seems like a more female friendly industry it is actually another boys’ club. A more glamorous, satin-adorned boys’ club but a boys’ club none the less. At the CFDA Awards last June the prizes were given out to 18 men and three women. The stats are similar for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund. And yet, 85% of Parsons’ student body is made up of women. So why are the women not getting the glory as designers? According to Phelps, women may be at a disadvantage because they aren’t as social as their male peers and this may be holding them back. We decided to talk to some women and men in the industry and see if this was really the case. More »

5 Online Tools Every Career Woman Must Have For Gift Giving

5 Online Tools Every Career Woman Must Have For Gift Giving

The holidays are one of the most stressful times of the year. Work piles up and on top of that you have to buy gifts for family and co-workers. You would love to go shopping but you are chained to a desk all day so that may make things a bit tricky. As we have discussed on this site a lot, outsourcing helps make your life easier which will make you less stressed and then you can concentrate on your work. Luckily a few years ago the internet was invented which gives us the best ability to do all of our shopping from our desks. And also, luckily, very smart people have designed tools to make shopping from your desk even easier. More »

Birchbox: The Club Every Career Woman Needs To Join

Birchbox: The Club Every Career Woman Needs To Join

What busy career woman doesn’t need a little pampering on the side? And why not indulge in a little pampering that helps your appearance? In a new series for The Financial Times called “Women In Finance,” Snjezana Maclean, an image consultant, said image is integral to a person’s “brand.” And according to a Newsweek survey, 59% of hiring managers advised investing as much time and money on your appearance as you would crafting your résumé. But then again, you don’t want to spend every free moment you have casing crowded make-up counters for the best products without breaking the bank.

That is where Birchbox comes into play. More »