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Career vs. Family: Can Women Have Both?

Recently, Anne-Marie Slaughter (former director of policy planning for the US State Department) published an article that set off a flurry of media attention. The article, called “Why Women Still Can’t Have it All“, focused on the conflict of interest women face in having both a high-profile career and a family. As women continue to marry and have […] Read Article “Career vs. Family: Can Women Have Both?”

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Are Women Still Underpaid in the Workforce?

According to Forbes, the median salary of a woman is only 81% of that of a man. It seems crazy that after all women have gone through, this pay gap persists. Expectations could be the reason for the persistent gap: Forbes stated that on average in 2012, women expected to make $7,056 less than their male […] Read Article “Are Women Still Underpaid in the Workforce?”

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What to Do When You Lose Your Job

Two years ago, I lost my job as a Human Resources Coordinator. It couldn’t have come at a worse time: I was dealing with the loss of someone close to me, and had just closed on my first home – move-in day was scheduled for six days later. To make it worse, I loved my […] Read Article “What to Do When You Lose Your Job”

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Win4Youth: Ragnar Relay Success from Madison to Chicago

Team Adecco (also known as “Random Acts of Foolishness”) successfully completed the Ragnar Relay Race for Adecco Win4Youth. The team of 12 completed the grueling 200 mile journey from Madison to Chicago in just over 30 hours, placing eighth in the Corporate Mixed Division. The team persevered through a 100 degree heat index, aches and pains […] Read Article “Win4Youth: Ragnar Relay Success from Madison to Chicago”

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Children of Helicopter Parents: How Does it Affect Their Future?

Let me preface this post by admitting that I do not have kids of my own. This gives me an interesting vantage point when it comes to how parents choose to raise their children, compared to when I was a kid (which wasn’t really that long ago – yet it seems as if a lot has […] Read Article “Children of Helicopter Parents: How Does it Affect Their Future?”

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Does Money Buy Happiness?

“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.”  […] Read Article “Does Money Buy Happiness?”

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A Growing Problem: Prescription Drug Abuse in the Workplace

Nearly every employer drug tests for illegal drugs. However, if an employee has a prescription for a drug, they will still pass the drug test. With this loophole, prescription drug abuse in the workplace is on the rise. The problem tends to start on college campuses, where students seek out medications either for recreational use […] Read Article “A Growing Problem: Prescription Drug Abuse in the Workplace”

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Management & Job Design: How to Ensure Your Employees Actually Like Coming to Work

When I took on my new role as On-Site Manager, I inherited my very first employee-with-a-dotted-line responsibility. I’m not technically her supervisor; but she will look to me for training, guidance and new tasks.  They often say that people don’t leave jobs: they leave bosses; so I was intent on making sure that she would like […] Read Article “Management & Job Design: How to Ensure Your Employees Actually Like Coming to Work”

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The Side Effects of 24/7 Workplace Connectivity

In a time of 24/7 connectivity, do we ever really leave work? It’s a question that has been discussed more and more frequently. In the age of smartphones, iPads, text messaging, laptops, SYNC and webinars, many feel that they never really shut down. According to Extreme Jobs: The Dangerous Allure of the 70-Hour Workweek (Hewett and […] Read Article “The Side Effects of 24/7 Workplace Connectivity”

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What you should (and should not) ask a recruiter

When a recruiter calls you, you need to determine a few things: if you are qualified to do the job, if you’re interested in doing the job, what hoops you will need to jump through to get the job, and if there is any reason the job is open (i.e. is there an underlying problem […] Read Article “What you should (and should not) ask a recruiter”