Laura Vanderkam

What Resigning to 'Spend More Time With Family' Really Means

What Resigning to 'Spend More Time With Family' Really Means

It's become a euphemism for saying, 'I'm bored' or 'I was forced out.'

'Spending more time with my family' has become a canned phrase for making an exit, a euphemism for saying, 'I'm bored' or 'I was forced out.' Read More »

Working Mothers Who Opt Out Have Big Regrets

Working Mothers Who Opt Out Have Big Regrets

Ten years later, the New York Times finds all those women who "opted out" of their jobs want back in. Here's why. Read More »

Bosses More Likely To Give Men Flextime, Study Finds

Bosses More Likely To Give Men Flextime, Study Finds

New study finds women's requests are more often rejected. Here's why. Read More »

3 Reasons Why Unlimited Vacation Is A Brilliant Idea

3 Reasons Why Unlimited Vacation Is A Brilliant Idea

A small but growing number of employers are offering unlimited, paid time off. Here's why it works. Read More »

Does Success Mean Selling Out Your Family?

Does Success Mean Selling Out Your Family?

A new poll finds that one in three believe this, but is it really true? Read More »

Pulling The 'Parent Card' At Work

Pulling The 'Parent Card' At Work

Are working parents just using the 'Parent Card' to slack off? Read More »

Is Housework Hurting Your Career?

Is Housework Hurting Your Career?

It's an article of faith among Americans that we are overworked. We work long hours at our paid jobs, then come home and put in a long second shift. Mothers, in particular, perceive their combined work and child-care hours as extensive, leaving us starved for time -- a starvation that we sometimes assume our... Read More »

Do You Need A 'Tech Sabbath'?

Do You Need A 'Tech Sabbath'?

Internet, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love thee to the depth and breadth and height my soul can reach. Or something like that. There are so many wonderful things to read out there and interact with, let alone the joy of my own inbox. Oooh, lets see what messages are in there -- like wrapped... Read More »

Super Bowl Monday: The Myth Of Lost 'Productivity'

Super Bowl Monday: The Myth Of Lost 'Productivity'

This weekend brings the Super Bowl, that annual festival of traditions including overpriced commercials, seven-layer dip and a curious one for we business writers: statistics on how much productivity is "lost" due to the game. I've seen different numbers bandied about: Employers lose $820 or $850 million... Read More »

Why Only 2% Of Women Plan To Ask For A Raise This Year

Why Only 2% Of Women Plan To Ask For A Raise This Year

A discussion group on LinkedIn recently answered the question: What's your career resolution for 2013? Of the five options given to the LinkedIn group Connect, which is powered by Citi, the most commonly chosen (as of this writing) was "find a new job" (36 percent). The runner-up was "learn new career skills"... Read More »

Mayan Calendar 2012: How The End-Of-The-World Myth Can Help Your Career

Mayan Calendar 2012: How The End-Of-The-World Myth Can Help Your Career

The Mayans were quite an advanced civilization. They had agriculture, written language and, as we've been learning in story after story this week, a calendar. Mayan civilization itself ended hundreds of years ago, but the calendar ticked along until. ... Dec. 21, 2012. Read More »

Worst Reason To Quit Your Job Is ...

Worst Reason To Quit Your Job Is ...

What with the election and all, we're a bit behind on "can't have it all" manifestos. Fortunately, a lawyer (and mother of two young children) threw some grease on the fire recently by quitting her big D.C. law firm with an email to her colleagues that recounted a rather rough day, hour by hour. (That link... Read More »

Election Day: Would More Vote If They Had The Day Off?

Election Day: Would More Vote If They Had The Day Off?

Even with both Republican and Democratic parties bragging about their ground game, Americans will likely hit Nov. 7 knowing at least one number: just 50 to 60 percent of the voting age population will have cast ballots. There are many reasons for this. For people in non-swing states, their presidential choice... Read More »

Americans Are Lying About How Much They Work

Americans Are Lying About How Much They Work

Hang around in certain circles long enough, and you hear a lot about 70-hour work weeks. Then, after that complaint, you start hearing about 80-hour workweeks, and so forth in the arms race. People claim they fantasize about 60-hour workweeks, billed by some as the new "part-time." We may feel we're... Read More »

Is A Long Paternity Leave A Good Idea?

Is A Long Paternity Leave A Good Idea?

In the U.K., there's a proposal afoot to allow either parent to get a parental allowance for most of the first year of a child's life. Currently, (if I'm reading the U.K.'s literature right) mothers get the first 6 weeks at 90 percent pay, and then can take the next 33 weeks at a state allowance (that's the... Read More »

Another Reason Why It's Good To Be The Boss

Another Reason Why It's Good To Be The Boss

Back during the whole Marissa-Mayer-is-pregnant dust-up this summer, I mentioned that being the CEO is actually a great job for the mom of small kids. If you're late to a 9 a.m. meeting, people will wait for you. If you don't want to work from 5:30-8 p.m., people will take your calls at 8:30. They fly to see... Read More »

Being Late Is Not The End Of The World

Being Late Is Not The End Of The World

I write about time management a lot. I'm also one of those comically punctual people who don't get the idea of social lateness. If you invite me to a party at 8 ... I'll probably be there at 8. So being late to anything puts me in quite a state. I don't like to scramble when I've already made plans. So I get... Read More »

'Clean Desk' Policies: Latest Executive Fad Designed To Torment Workers?

'Clean Desk' Policies: Latest Executive Fad Designed To Torment Workers?

A cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, the saying goes -- which may explain why Australian company BHP Billiton's rule book, leaked to the Australian Financial Review, made a big deal about employee desks. According to the publication, employees "have to clean their desks every day of all but eight... Read More »

Feel Too Busy And Overworked? 3 Life-Changing Tips

Feel Too Busy And Overworked? 3 Life-Changing Tips

There was a time, not so long ago, when I was busy, busy, busy. At least I thought I was. I told people I worked 60 hours a week. I claimed to sleep six hours a night. As I lamented to anyone stuck next to me at parties, I was basically too busy to breathe. Me time? Ha! Read More »

How I Get More Done At Work

How I Get More Done At Work

Decades ago, I had a brief interest in chess. I played around with a board and I read through books of the greatest matches. I decided I didn't really like the game enough to pursue it, but I always loved the concept of what master chess players do. They look at the way things are, and then think three, or... Read More »

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