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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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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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 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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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 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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Dating at Work: Rules for the Workplace

Dating at Work: Rules for the Workplace

Since half of you are at risk of seriously screwing up your career while you’re screwing around,  I wanted to share my work romance rules with you because it’s likely no one ever explained how others might perceive your little workplace trysts. Whether it’s the basic hookup, a booty call on speed dial or a full fledged relationship, here are Your Office Mom's rules for workplace dating.

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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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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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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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How to Improve Your LinkedIn Profile and Get More Connections

How to Improve Your LinkedIn Profile and Get More Connections

Based on some of the connection requests I see from young professionals lately, I decided it was time to focus on LinkedIn and perception. We all know LinkedIn is a professional networking site, right? And, everyone carries a camera around in their hands all day, right?  So, why are there so many weak profile images? Your Office Mom can only assume no one has explained the nuances of this whole thing and given examples of what to avoid.

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Politics & Work: Why the Two Don't Mix

Politics & Work: Why the Two Don't Mix

It seems everyone is talking about politics. Vehemently. It doesn’t matter if you voted for Trump, or cast your vote for Hillary, politics run deep. Politics are personal, kind of like religion and rarely do people convert. Your career success is largely dependent upon the relationships you develop over the long haul and how you interact with and support others. You don’t want to alienate or threaten your relationships. I’m of the opinion that work isn’t the place for politics - especially right now!

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