5 Tips To Make Going Back To Work As A New Mom Easier

5 Tips To Make Going Back To Work As A New Mom Easier

Since the birth of your new bundle of joy, you’ve been going through a parent’s version of rigorous survival training. In a short period, you are subjected to a mixture of strenuous physical demands, mental strengthening drills, and unavoidable sleep deprivation as you work to develop a routine. If that’s not challenging enough, within a matter of weeks, you are expected to have conquered the new mommy landscape, and morph into a high performing working mother without missing a beat. Although an unreasonable expectation, ask any new mom and they will tell you absurd or not, it’s still the expectation.

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5 Work Habits To Save Time And Keep Your New Mom Schedule On Track

5 Work Habits To Save Time And Keep Your New Mom Schedule On Track

Time has a way of fading memories, but I remember how hectic motherhood is, and how brutal the back-to-work transition can be as a new working mom. You’ll get all kinds of advice, here are four habits every working mom can develop to keep their day job and navigate the demands of motherhood.

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What You Need to Know About Manager Credibility

What You Need to Know About Manager Credibility

In my role as a talent development professional, I have been helping managers become better leaders for longer than I like to admit (think decades, not years).  When I facilitate leadership sessions, participants are often surprised to learn that I believe credibility is the most essential trait of a leader. I am not surprised to learn that they often don’t agree with me, or that our perception of credibility and the day-to-day interpretation of it, are vastly different.

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How to Nail the First 90 Days on the Job

How to Nail the First 90 Days on the Job

Congratulations! You have a new job. New jobs are exciting, despite the angst and anxiety that tend to be part of the process. Being successful in a new role is more than meeting the team, learning where the breakroom is and learning how to perform your new job. Starting a new job offers a fantastic opportunity for you to exploit the situation. Yes, I said exploit. And, I meant it. You can start over, reinvent yourself, change your style, improve your work habits and interact with others much differently than you have in the past. You can change anything you want as you walk through the new door. But, you’re only the new kid on the block for a short time.  And, as such, you will never have a better opportunity to build a strong foundation for success than during the first critical months of a new job. Here are three tips from Your Office Mom that will help any young professional transition smoothly into the new role at a new company.  

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Here’s How to Manage Your Time & Keep Customers Happy

Here’s How to Manage Your Time & Keep Customers Happy

We all have customers. Some are internal, others are external, but we need to keep them all happy. How can you manage your time more effectively and give excellent customer service? Here are Your Office Mom’s six work tips for smart, young professionals who want to keep customers happy and for entrepreneurs who want to differentiate themselves from those other guys.

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Straight Talk about Sexual Misconduct

Straight Talk about Sexual Misconduct

We've always had sexual harassment in the workplace. It’s not a new phenomenon. What’s become painfully obvious is we are still so confused over what it is, exactly.  The term sexual misconduct is getting a lot of attention lately.  Whereas some people may understand it’s the broad term to encompass any unwelcome behavior of a sexual nature, most don’t, which complicates things.  Headlines, especially the latest ones naming Aziz Ansari have people shaking their heads, for a number of reasons. 

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If you want more work-life balance in 2018 schedule your "life"

If you want more work-life balance in 2018 schedule your "life"

I took some time off over the holidays. I stepped back entirely from my day job and distanced myself from YOM. It was delightful. I used part of my time to regroup, get things organized, get ready for the new year, and try new cocktail recipes.  Decluttering, organizing my 2018 planner, and most importantly cleaning out my closet. Yes, there would be order in Yom’s life in the new year. But, it wasn’t until I saw the first blooms on my Xmas cactus (real name Schlumbergera), you know the one from Trader Joe’s, did I know how to get it.

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Thanksmas: Gifting Clients Without Breaking the Bank

Thanksmas: Gifting Clients Without Breaking the Bank

The holidays are here which means it is the most exciting time of the year. For many small businesses and entrepreneurs, it’s Thanksmas time – so let the client appreciation gift rollout begin! For most, the process of gift selection is daunting, and when it comes to client gifts, many variables create internal conflict for the giver. Here are some tips on tried and true client gifts to help you amplify your Thanksmas giving game.

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Stop Being a Scrooge. Why You Need to Get Involved in Holiday Party Planning at Work

Stop Being a Scrooge. Why You Need to Get Involved in Holiday Party Planning at Work

Typically you can expect to find something enlightening from Your Office Mom here, but when you're a millennial, your mom is Your Office Mom and your boss, you might find yourself being signed up to write a blog post or two. Thanks, Mom. I know for some the work parties are lame and the snacks don’t even warrant a drop by. Susan’s been planning the holiday party for years, and it’s gone stale. Because let’s face it Susan’s kind of a buzzkill, and no one wants to be a part of that. Consider this my rally cry for why you should get involved.

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How to Be Prepared for the Unexpected in Your Workday

How to Be Prepared for the Unexpected in Your Workday

You didn’t make it home last night. Whether it was a scene straight out of Trainwreck, you slammed tequila shots while consoling your bestie after her big break up and you passed out on the floor, or you had a last minute sleepover at "his" place, it happens. Or, maybe you show up at work dressed down and find out the "big boss" is expected shortly and you're in "big boss" meetings. Yikes! What's a young working woman like you to do?

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4 Tips for a Successful Business Lunch

4 Tips for a Successful Business Lunch

You’ve attended your share of special events and weddings and know how to behave under pressure, often with copious amounts of alcohol involved.  As stellar as those social performances may be how’s your business lunch track record?  Approach these situations methodically to give yourself an advantage. Here’s what you need to know before your next dining appointment, courtesy of Your Office Mom.

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4 Skills That Can Help You Survive Thanksgiving

4 Skills That Can Help You Survive Thanksgiving

Some of you may be getting a little anxious about Thanksgiving feasts. In fact, you may be wondering if there’s a way to get out of them. Perhaps, come down with a plague or something. Many people love family gatherings with their seemingly picture perfect families. But, how can you approach family time more objectively when dynamics are challenging?  How can you stop becoming a kid again once you walk in the door? Here are four ways to leverage your job skills so you can act like a grown-up and avoid getting bogged down in a dysfunctional quagmire.

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4 Definite Do's for your Office Halloween Party

4 Definite Do's for your Office Halloween Party

Is your office or shared workspace hosting a Halloween party? Are you ready? There should be lots of treats, prizes and probably a few tricks played by the more rambunctious in the crowd. Arguably the best part of this event is work sanctioned mingling and all the creative costumes. So hey, you don't want to step on any toes, hurt anyone's feelings, piss anyone off or have a serious chat with HR  or your that ruins the fun. 

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Time Management: Is Tracking Your Time on Your To-Do List?

Time Management:  Is Tracking Your Time on Your To-Do List?

It’s important to learn early in your career how to account for time and track it. It’s always going to get away from you, and you won’t ever have enough of it.  Just about everyone underestimates how long just about everything takes. Most people don't have a clue how much time they spend on routine tasks or their core job responsibilities. Here are two reasons you should.

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Ever Feel Like A Fraud? You're in Good Company.

Ever Feel Like A Fraud? You're in Good Company.

Have you ever felt like a phony? Like a fraud? Like you didn't know what the hell you were doing or how you got to a point in your career? You knew you got there legitimately but either you were damn lucky, or someone made a mistake. And as soon as they found out you didn't know what the hell you were doing you were done. D-O-N-E Done.  Yeah, it sucks to feel like that.

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4 Things You Need To Do Before Dating A Co-Worker

4 Things You Need To Do Before Dating A Co-Worker

Mishandle workplace dating, and you can jeopardize your career. Have a series of love interests, and your professional reputation can take a hit. You don't want to go into workplace dating lightly. You’re never really done with a workplace romance unless you can both handle the breakup and control your emotions. Or, you can quit if it gets too messy.  Stop for a moment and let that one sink in. So, before let your harmless little flirtation go any further, your Office Mom has a little advice.

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