5 Ways to Return to Work After Maternity Leave

Like most new moms, you probably have mixed feelings about returning to work: You need or want to. Or do you? Yes. No. Maybe. Partly. What? How? Aghhh! So confusing. To help you sort it out, here are five major return-to-work options for new moms. You can mix and match them to suit your needs, […]

Can You Afford Part-time Hours?

If you’re like most new working moms, you’re playing tug of war in your head about what type of return-to-work schedule would be best for you and your family. Back-and-forth, back-and-forth. Which way to go? Maybe you like the idea of working less than full time, but you can’t help but think, “How could we afford […]

See How Easily You Can Have More Time With Your Baby After You Return to Work

New moms need to know: a flexible work arrangement is a sanity-saving way to manage work and family. As you follow the Max Your Maternity Leave guide, you’ll see how you can weave a flexible work arrangement into your maternity leave plan—in the return-to-work section. Or you may return to work on a regular schedule […]

Do You Know Your Baseline Maternity Leave?

The beginning of your Max Your Maternity Leave guide outlines a three-part strategy for paving the way to your best possible maternity leave. Start gathering information early in your pregnancy. Before you figure your Baseline Maternity Leave, know the basics of maternity leave in the USA. To save you precious time, I’ve selected the most useful and […]

How to Get Fridays Off for the Summer

With the official start of summer only a few weeks away as I write this, now is the time to pitch a temporary part-time hours arrangement of 32 hours, with every Friday off. A year-round reduced workweek may not be practical or affordable, right? But if you can swing it, wouldn’t you enjoy a string […]

Should I Share My Flex Plan with My Assistant First?

Dear Pat: I work as a Production Manager for a magazine in Chicago. I’m also a single mom who finds it nearly impossible to stay past 6 PM. In fact, I’m about to approach my senior management team about working until 3 PM on two out of five workdays. I have a wonderful assistant, Darcy, […]

Is Pay Raise Advice for Women Worthless?

The buzz and backlash have abated, but in my mind, the response to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s misguided pay raise advice for women needs added attention. Countering Mr. Nadella’s interview reply earlier this month (Oct. 9, 2014), several media writers were quick to serve up specific and more useful advice—good advice—for women preparing to negotiate a […]

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 […]

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 […]