Should I Negotiate Maternity Leave with a New Job Offer?

Dear Pat: Last month, I interviewed for a new position, and have now received a verbal offer. Meanwhile, my husband and I have not ruled out having a second child in the near future. My concern is that the new employer’s maternity leave policy has the standard 6 week/8 week Short-Term Disability leave, whereas my […]

If My Request is Denied, What Do I Say Next?

Dear Pat: I’m the proud mother of two adorable children under three years old. I’m also a Customer Operations Trainer for a large bank. I want nothing more than to be a stay-at-home mom with my kids, but financially, that’s not an option right now. I’m seeking to be the best wife and mom I […]

Warning: COLA is NOT a Raise (And How You Can Get More)

Dear Pat: I understand that you contend that COLA is not a raise. Last year, my co-workers and I got a 2% COLA increase in pay. So what do you mean? Perplexed in Pittsburgh Dear Perplexed: I understand your confusion since employers sometimes label COLA a “raise.” Let’s look at it more closely and see […]

New Ways to Return to Work After Maternity Leave: Know All Your Options

As you consider your return to work after maternity leave, expand your work options menu to choose the best possible arrangement for your circumstances. Dear Pat: I’m on maternity leave and getting ready to head back to full time work next month. I want to devise a more flexible working schedule so I can have […]

How to Reinvent Work for a Quality Way of Life: Toolkits and Training for You and Your Team

Today’s column provides an overview of tools and training to reinvent work that can also improve work-life fit. Reinvent (verb): to make major changes or improvements to (something); to present (something) in a different or new way Dear Pat: I’m employed by a large research hospital where I love my job as a scientific editor. […]

How to Stop Intrusive After-Hours Email Without Moving to France

Dear Pat: I’ve read the recent reports about France banning after-hours emails. I’m jealous because I crave uninterrupted down time in the evenings and weekends, but it seems there’s no stopping the influx of emails at almost any hour. Short of moving to France (which sounds appealing!), what can I do? ~ Distracted Dana Dear […]

The Confidence Gap in Women: It Shows Up in Flexible Work, Too

If you read The Confidence Gap in The Atlantic last week, you learned that lack of confidence and inaction are distinctly linked. Both competence and confidence are necessary for success, it was reported, and women’s self-doubt is holding them back at work. Sound familiar? You’re not alone. In the article, authors Katty Kay and Claire […]

No Maternity Leave Policy? Make Your Own!

This “no maternity leave policy” question was posted on my Facebook page and the writer gave me permission to feature it here. Hi Pat, I just started your Max Your Maternity Leave book and I’m learning so much. My husband and I are looking to start a family in the months ahead, but my biggest stress […]

Brave, Brilliant or Bonkers? One Woman’s Work-Life Boundaries

I was surprised when my coaching client Lauren,* a 30-something working mom, told me that she doesn’t use a smartphone. In fact, she doesn’t even own any type of mobile phone. Lauren uses a work-issued cell phone (wait until I tell you her job position). But she handed it in just before starting her second […]

How to Reach Your Unrealistic Work-Life Goal

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Lately, I’ve been binging. On books. And I want to share my strategy for indulging this favorite past-time because you could find it adaptable for reaching your work-life goals. Let me explain. At the beginning of 2014, I decided to ramp up my learning by reading at least two non-fiction books a month. The two-a-month […]