Stop Trying to Prove How Hard You Work From Home and Do This Instead

Stop Trying to Prove How Hard You Work From Home and Do This Instead

After working at home for almost ten years, interacting with WAH colleagues and having direct reports that work remotely, I have some advice for you. Quit trying so hard to prove you are actually working in your home office and get some balance in your work day and your life. There is definitive data that indicates you work hard, unless of course you’re just a slacker by nature.

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4 Job Skills to Help You Engage and Enjoy Family Time This Thanksgiving

4 Job Skills to Help You Engage and Enjoy Family Time This 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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If People Think You’re Rude, They May Have a Point

If People Think You’re Rude, They May Have a Point

It may be hard to wrap your brain around this, and you may not agree, but if people think you’re rude, you probably are. It’s their perception, and that’s what counts. Your perception of you doesn’t really matter. Only theirs. Somewhere along the line, your intention to be polite and respectful to others and get stuff done has gone awry, and you need to find out why.

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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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How to Make Working at Home Work

How to Make Working at Home Work

It's easy for the freedom, sparkle and shine that comes with working at home to be a little intoxicating. But, if you don't sober up pretty quickly, bad habits and a lackadaisical attitude can catch up with you. You don't want to put your sweet little gig at risk, or you at risk of getting a good talking-to from you-know-who. And, let's face it, no one wants one of those.

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

Here’s How to Manage Your Time and 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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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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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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How to Say No to More Work Without Getting Fired

How to Say No to More Work Without Getting Fired

If you feel work overload now, you don't want to take on anything else. Period. "It's not fair!" you scream inside. And, the thought "Give me a raise and make these other people do their jobs" runs through your head at times. Often the best, most talented, most reliable get the most work. But, you already know that. You're living it.

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How to Stand Up When You Have a Problem With Your Boss

How to Stand Up When You Have a Problem With Your Boss

You probably hesitate to approach your boss about "some" problems and issues. You know, those situations in which you need to stand up for yourself, challenge the status quo, balance an inequity, right a wrong, but mostly stand up for yourself. Don't wait until you're ready for the damn exit interview before you do it.

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Control This Little Bad Habit to Be a Better Speaker

Control This Little Bad Habit to Be a Better Speaker

We don’t like silence much. So, rather than think of our next words silently, we start uttering nonsensical um, uh, ah, right, like, I mean, and okay, you know, when we just need to shut the hell up. One of the easiest ways to improve your speaking skills is to eliminate filler words. It's a relatively quick fix. And, guess what?

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4 Things to Consider if You Think Grad School Is the Answer to Your Career Woes

4 Things to Consider if You Think Grad School Is the Answer to Your Career Woes

Working millennials frequently ask me whether going back to school is a good career strategy. More times than not, I see individuals opting for grad school because they feel lost or trapped in their current job or career choice. There's the notion that the extra piece of paper will be the panacea for lifelong career success and happiness.  In my experience, that's just not the case.

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6 Ways to Compete for Internal Jobs

6 Ways to Compete for Internal Jobs

An internal job posting peaked your interest, and you're going for it. But, if you think your tenure, relationships, and past performance are going to weigh heavily in your favor when you're up against external candidates, think again.  It's that assumption that can sabotage your chance of landing that coveted internal position. 

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How to Manage Change Effectively Without Getting Thrown

How to Manage Change Effectively Without Getting Thrown

Oh my god! When was the last time there was a change at work? Last week? Yesterday? Ten minutes ago? It's happening all the time, right? You can grab the bull by the horns like a badass and get noticed in the process if you manage change effectively.

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