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Comcast Worker's Story Reminds Us of Why We're Here

September 25, 2012
You’ve heard of Reddit, right? It’s a social link sharing site with a very active user base, and it’s called the front page of the internet. On Reddit, they do this thing called “AMA” (ask me anything) where users will post their occupation and answer any question they’re asked from other users. Anyway, there was an AMA from a Comcast employee the other day that was called to our attention. And when Cali and I read it (reddit.. see what I did there), it just pretty much blew our minds. It was so familiar, and it’s the kind of thing that drives us to make Results-Only Work Environment the new...
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The Best Anti-Poverty Program? Effective Scheduling of Hourly Workers

September 21, 2012
Susan Lambert , Associate Professor at the University of Chicago's School of Social Service Administration and the author of a much-discussed op-ed in yesterday's New York Times , once told me that she gets a lot of grief. "You study what," say her social work friends. "Scheduling?" I am happy Susan's brilliant work is getting the attention it deserves , because reshaping schedules of low-income workers is actually the single best shot we currently have at an anti-poverty program. Susan makes bold proposals for the redesign of the Fair Labor Standards Act that deserve serious attention. But,...
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Eat, Read, Sleep

September 20, 2012
Back-to-school night: With four kids, I’ve attended a few. Last night the Principal at my children’s grade school delivered an opening message worth memorizing: Eat, read, sleep. Families today are busy! It sounds trite, but it’s true. With 24/7 connectivity, a recession, and a global economy, most parents are working longer hours than ever. The majority of American households have two parents in the paid workforce; hence, the Principal’s heartfelt message: try to eat dinner together as a family, sans gadgets! Even if some are absent because of extra-curricular activities, sit down with those...
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It Shouldn’t Be A Heavy Lift: Pregnant Workers Fairness Act Introduced in Senate

September 19, 2012
By Emily Martin , Vice President and General Counsel, and Liz Watson , Senior Advisor, National Women's Law Center Heather got fired from Wal-mart for carrying a water bottle. Natasha was forced onto unpaid leave and then fired because her district manager at Rent-A-Center found out she needed help with occasional heavy lifting on the sales floor. Sarah* lost her job at a fast food restaurant for taking bathroom and water breaks. What do all of these women have in common ? They were all pregnant. All they needed were minor adjustments to continue safely working during pregnancy. They didn’t...
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Michelle Obama is Not Mom-In-Chief: Who Is?

September 14, 2012
Motherhood, apple pie and a good speech: Michelle Obama hit the bull's eye in her Democratic Convention speech . But naming herself "mom-in-chief"--while endearing--missed the mark. Much ink has spilled already over her use of the phrase "mom-in-chief": "If you feel let down by an arc that begins with anti-colonialism, immigration and women being dragged to jail, but returns to the cult of motherhood, you're not alone." ( Irin Carmon at Salon.com). The speech was "amazing" but the phrase led to "oratorical whiplash." ( Janice D'Arcy in The Washington Post ). "She looked the nation in the eye...
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Warehouse Workers Marching for Their Families

September 13, 2012
It’s no secret that Walmart is the largest employer in the country, diligently working to create a softer image of itself to consumers, environmentalists and others. What most consumers don’t know is that Walmart contracted warehouses across the country make it a common practice to put profits over people; they allow working women and men to toil in containers that can reach 120 degrees. Water breaks are rare. They routinely steal the hard-earned wages of their workers, and even lie to American judges when their practices are called into question. But what is arguably most disturbing is...
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Stop! Don’t Listen to Advice that Women Can Plan Our Way to Worklife Fit

September 13, 2012
I am so fed up with advice from people telling women that if they just make the right personal choices at the right time in the right order then there is no problem fitting career, marriage, and kids into our lives. That's a load of crap. If anyone had been able to figure out a way to PLAN her way through this mess it would have been me. Let me just take one example of this kind of advice - Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg tells women in commencement addresses and TED talks: " The most important career choice you'll make is who you marry. I have an awesome husband, and we're 50/50...having a...
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10 Tips for Becoming an Office Politics Rebel

September 4, 2012
The other day, I read an article on Forbes called “ Tips For Dealing With Lazy Co-Workers .” It’s a fun topic, isn’t it, because we all love to feel like we are the only ones working hard. And it’s such a hardship to put up with lazy old Joe in the next cube over. Ugh! Time to review one of our favorite words: Sludge . “Sludge” is the toxic language we use to judge people for how they spend their time. It’s based on old beliefs about how work should happen. Sludge is when someone says, “10:00 a.m. and you’re just getting in? I wish I could come in late every day.” The belief being expressed...
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For Parents Without Paid Sick Days, Back-to-School Season Brings Stress and Uncertainty

August 29, 2012
Back to school means a lot of things. In some families, it means shopping for school supplies, helping kids become reacquainted with their alarm clocks, and learning new school bus schedules. But for the millions of employed parents in jobs that don’t let them earn paid sick days, it means another set of worries: uncertainty about what to do if a child gets sick. For those parents, a child with a sore throat or the flu can mean an impossible choice between sending a sick child to school, leaving a sick child home alone, or losing pay and risking a job by staying home to provide care. And with...
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A Personal Case for Living a Less Intentional Career Path

August 21, 2012
Lately I’ve seen a raft of new books aimed at helping women achieve success, which include lists of “secrets,” often contradictory. Looking back over my experience, here’s an alternative: be open to constant learning and risk-taking, live a full life and have a great career. Several years ago my book “Women Lead the Way: Your Guide to Stepping Up to Leadership and Changing the World” was published, and I began a cross-country tour to speak about the “30 Percent Solution,” which describes why and how having a critical mass of women at every power table is essential to a robust future...
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