Hi there. I’m Pat Katepoo, work options advisor and negotiation coach. Work Options is where you get equipped with what to DO and SAY at work to protect your quality of life at home.
I’ve been a work options advisor since 1993 and WorkOptions.com has been online since 1997.
Thousands of busy people in all kinds of professions have found answers and relief here. You’re invited to be next.
Do you need to flex your job to fit your life? Keep reading.
Is It Hard for You to Ask for What You Want at Work?
It’s not your fault. Women aren’t socialized to negotiate and so they are less inclined than men to ask for what they need or want.
Through my advice, you’ll learn to expand your options so you can craft better solutions to work-life challenges.
The best part? You can get 1-on-1 advice by phone when you need it. Some services are free; others are fee-based. All have the goal of equipping you to ask for options that make life better for you and your family.
Is This a Women’s Website?
Yes and no. I’ve helped thousands of both men and women since 1993. Research shows men are struggling with work-life conflict as much or more than women, and they want job flexibility, too.
But the fact is, more than 80% of my proposal package customers and almost all of my coaching clients are women. They are self-selecting my help in asking for work-life advice.
So yes, I do put an emphasis on negotiating skills for women so they can learn to confidently ask for what they want at work.
In the big-picture view, asking for work options is about quality of life and a foundation for stronger relationships with loved ones.
The Background Story: “Why Can’t All My Friends Do This?”
That’s the question that launched my work options advisory service in 1993. Flexible work was the key to my own successful work-life blend, and I wanted to share what I knew with others.
I was enjoying a weekday at home because of my flexible schedule as a part-time marketing director for a business law firm. (Professional services marketing was my second career; my first was as a registered dietitian nutritionist.)
I was in my mid-30s and using a flexible work arrangement as a way to manage both family and career without going nuts. (It worked.) Inspired to show overwhelmed working mothers how they could have a flexible work life, I started Work Options Resources, a consulting service.
WorkOptions.com—online since 1997—is especially well-known for my flexible work proposals, which have sold to customers in all 50 US states and more than 35 countries. My advice has also been featured in dozens of national print publications and books.
I’m now an “empty-nester.” My husband, who is originally from Thailand, and I, live in the home that we built ourselves in Kaneohe, Hawaii, on Oahu, where I’ve lived since 1980. We occasionally take in foreign exchange students for short-term stays. So far, we’ve had students from Japan, Thailand, Tajikistan, China, Russia and Ukraine. Of course, we’re happy to have relatives and houseguests make their way through. And while Hawaii is a wonderful place to live, I enjoy traveling to new places, especially foreign countries.
What About You?
My mission is to equip you to ask for what you want at work so you can enjoy a better way of life at home. I hope we talk soon.
All the best,
Work Options Advisor & Negotiation Coach