Career

What happens when summer Fridays end?

While it’s not a universal perk, some industries (including some publishing houses) still have “summer Fridays.” From Memorial Day to Labor Day, offices close on Friday at mid-day. The institution is both a perk (time off!) and a nod to reality. Lots of people take off early, at least mentally, on a lovely summer Friday afternoon anyway.
In theory, if… read more »

The childcare dilemma: Working from home (or not) with minimal coverage

I worked from home today in the way that I know many parents do regularly. I had preschool hours, potentially nap time, and what I could squeeze in. It wasn’t a bad day, but it reminded me why I don’t attempt this more regularly.
Our nanny is on vacation this week. My parents had been here to cover while my husband and I were both traveling, but then they left. Th… read more »

Independence week

I’ve had a bit of a strange week. Up until last Friday, I thought I’d be going with my family to the Outer Banks for the week (my husband’s extended family rented a house). I was feeling rather stressed about the whole thing. My husband has been traveling a lot, plus we’ve got some nanny vacation coming up and the like. I planned to do some work at the beach,… read more »

Career metaphors

I’m editing my draft of Mosaic. One of the chapters is on strategies for keeping your career moving forward, sustainably, even if you have a full life outside of work. The broad advice is to keep thinking ahead (time masters are like chess masters), to do real work, to invest in people, to be strategically seen, to build in space. I would love to come up with a go… read more »

I should get out more

Working from home is great. It’s highly efficient, with no need to drive anywhere. If I need to get in touch with someone, I can just email or call.
But there’s always a trade-off, because I like to write about interesting things. And not many interesting things happen in my home office. Vast as the internet is, it is not the only source of stories, or the only… read more »