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 […]

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!

The writer below gave me permission to feature her question 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 about the whole thing so far is that my employer doesn’t […]