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Time to Ditch Workaholism & Being First One In, Last One Out

hangoverIf you’re the first one in the morning at the office and the last one out at night, you may think it’s the best way to climb the ladder. Hard work pays off and it gets noticed, right?

Well, a longitudinal study conducted by the University of Padova in Italy followed workers for 15 years. Researchers discovered workaholic behavior was linked to worse health, boosted absenteeism and get this — decreased job performance.

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Should a Global Three-Day Workweek Become the Norm?

vacayWealthy business tycoon, Carlos Slim of Mexico, recently proposed having a three-day workweek while he attended a business conference in Paraguay, as per a piece in The Washington Post. Mentioning this new concept could underscore modern realities.

Consider this: Retirement isn’t exactly going to be 50 or even 60 and it’s not unheard of to be working until 70 or more. As we live longer, we’re working harder but is harder necessarily better? Per the piece, a few charts have indicated productivity plummets when you exceed working a certain number of hires. As companies tighten their headcounts and consequently their budgets, they’re squeezing more and more out of workers and in some cases, getting less and less. Read more

New Survey Compares Working Mothers & Fathers to Job Satisfaction

working motherAccording to a new survey conducted by CareerBuilder, gender is compared to income, career advancement and job satisfaction. Per results, female breadwinners tend to have a tougher time making ends meet while working moms are happier on the job.

Working dads who are the breadwinner in their household were nearly twice as likely to report holding a professional or technical role. This equates to 57 percent compared to 28 percent of working moms. And working moms who are the sole breadwinners were twice as likely to say they work in an administrative or clerical role to the tune of 52 percent compared to 23 percent of men.  Read more

French Tech Industry Employers & Unions Forbid Evening Emails

work_lifeIt’s beginning to feel more and more like we live to work whereas other parts of the world work to live.

Case in point — according to The Guardian, employers’ federations and unions have signed a legally binding labor agreement that actually requires employers to ensure their employees are disconnected outside working hours. Smart phones, they’re talking to you, too. Read more

New Study Shows Employees Working From Home are Happier & More Productive

work from home2If you’re working from home and enjoying it more than the office, you’re not alone. A recent study conducted by Stanford University indicated when employers allow their workers to work from home, they’re ultimately happier, less likely to quit and more productive.

Call center employees were given the opportunity to work from home, researchers noticed people at home made 13.5 more calls compared to their cubicle counterparts. They also quit 50 percent less than office dwellers and revealed they were “much happier” on the job. Read more

Pinterest CEO Talks Balancing Work With Parenthood

Pinterest logoIt’s about time! We read a short piece in today’s Wall Street Journal mentioning Ben Silberman, Pinterest Inc. chief, and how he balances a busy work schedule along with being a dad.

This seems refreshing since we often read about women tackling this issue on a daily basis. It seems that men rarely get asked this question or they rarely talk about it so we tip our hats to the top executive’s ability to openly dish about a topic so many people struggle with daily. Read more

How One Working Mom Finds Work/Life Balance

TiffanyShlainTiffany Shlain knows a thing or two about juggling. She’s a successful filmmaker with a million side projects (like her AOL On Originals series) and she’s a wife and mother of two.

So how does Shlain create that seemingly impossible work/life balance that so many working mothers crave? For one thing, she says it’s important to have flexibility with your work, whether you’re a man or a woman. She also believes that modern technology has helped working mothers tremendously:

Make your own schedule. Or talk to your boss about a more flexible schedule. I think that what the Internet has given our generation is this kind of flexibility to work in new, creative ways that our mothers did not have. I have friends who work for corporations, but most of my friends work from home as consultants or own their own business. I feel like the Internet was the tool that the feminist movement always needed.

To hear more from Shlain, including how she boosts her own productivity, read: So What Do You, Tiffany Shlain, Filmmaker and Founder Of The Webby Awards?

How To Balance Your Freelancing Life With Your Personal Life

There are a myriad of reasons people choose to freelance. Although it can a be a difficult and often isolating profession, some writers prefer it to the monotony of office work. Gossiping colleagues, an unfair boss, a tediously long commute: all understandable complaints of working a 9-to-5.

But the downsides of freelancing are just as overwhelming: no benefits to speak of, an unconventional schedule and the difficult task of separating your home and work life (when they are arguably one in the same). In the latest Mediabistro feature, a freelance writer shares her experience of the challenges:

One of my favorite books is by Marcia Golub, and for all of its chapters on the distractions of working from home, it’s ironically titled, I’d Rather Be Writing. We often choose to become freelance writers because we’re invigorated by the idea of doing what we love all day long, only to realize that, as Golub puts it:

No sooner would I sit down to write than I’d find myself going into the kitchen to brew coffee or defrost something for dinner. I’d force myself to get back to my desk and sit there, splitting my ends or examining my eyelids in the mirror. I’d put the mirror away and the phone would ring. With a theatrical sigh of impatience (knowing full well how delighted I really was at the interruption), I’d answer and get into a long conversation about skin cancer with a friend who was trying to put off something she was supposed to be doing.

When there’s no boss hovering over your shoulder, and you can’t get that vision of the overflowing laundry basket out of your head, and you don’t really have any immediate deadlines, it’s difficult to stay on task.

To hear how she overcame the challenges, read Balancing Your Freelance Life with Your Personal Life

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Three Ways Successful Leaders Create Work-Life Balance

Happy Friday one and all! As the weekend approaches we can’t help but think about work-life balance and how to strive for more of it during the week.

Thanks to this roundup compiled by BusinessInsider, there are a few lessons we can learn from successful executives.

1. As per LinkedIn, its CEO Jeff Weiner endorses scheduling empty time on your calendar. “If you were to see my calendar, you’d probably notice a host of time slots greyed out but with no indication of what’s going on. There is no problem with my Outlook or printer. The grey sections reflect ‘buffers,’ or time periods I’ve purposely kept clear of meetings.” Read more

Top Execs Make the Case for Not Using E-mail

Got e-mails? If you’re constantly checking your in-box throughout the day, you’re not alone. Sure, experts have said you shouldn’t respond throughout the day because then you’re not tackling what really needs to get done but maybe this will build a stronger case for you. It certainly did for us.

A piece on BusinessWeek points out Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig told SportsBusiness Journal he has never used e-mail. And he “never will.”

He’s not the only one to live and successfully work without Outlook. According to the piece, Janet Napolitano has said she never uses e-mail either. The secretary of the Department of Homeland Security told reporters, “I think e-mail just sucks up time.” Read more

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