Workplace

When you need a change of scenery

I work late roughly one night a week. When I do, I go to the library. The easiest option is just to go to my local branch, which is only half a mile away, though it’s fairly small, and it isn’t open until 9 every night.  On the nights it’s not open, or if I’m looking to be around people other than the librarians, I go to a bigger branch that’s about 10 minutes… read more »

Who deals with childcare disruptions?

The question of what, exactly, holds women back professionally is a complicated one. It tends to involve a lot of impressions, rather than data, which is frustrating for trying to have a rational conversation.
So I’m thrilled to see a study published in Annals of Internal Medicine (hat tip to Vicki!) that attempts to address this question. Looking at hund… read more »

Snow days, time management, and chess

When our school district calls a snow day, the phone no longer rings at 5:30 a.m. Apparently they got a lot of complaints about the old rise-and-shine robo-call system. Now, if the district makes a game time decision to cancel classes, they just email us. But they’ve been emailing us a lot this winter. And that has reminded me of something I first realized a fe… read more »

Who really works from home, or not from home, as the case may be

There’s a certain narrative surrounding “telecommuting” that goes like this: moms who want a better work-life balance — which is code for “want to work less” — negotiate to work from home. Given that it’s a negotiation, the prevailing wisdom is that they should give up something: pay, prestige, advancement opportunities, etc.… read more »

No one has to stay home

In the past few years, I’ve read a number of trend stories devoted to stay-at-home dads. While not a huge trend (very few fathers exit the workforce to care for their children), people find this concept fascinating. The worst articles make a big deal about men in aprons, as if stay-at-home moms spend their days in aprons. Fortunately, the New York Times stor… read more »