Sure, a bigger paycheck would be nice, but a new study conducted by LinkedIn found that two-thirds of working women in the U.S. would like greater flexibility in the workplace. In fact, 60 percent of women chose work-life balance as the most important factor when defining professional success.
Other findings from the What Women Want @ Work Study include:
When you are trying to get ahead in your career, you may fall into the same trap many of us do—assuming that the more hours you work, the better. And while it is true that you often do need to invest some time (in the form of long hours) in your career, especially at first, there comes a saturation point where you are no longer reaping any additional benefits.
If the past few years of economic turmoil and high unemployment have taught us anything, it’s that no one’s job is guaranteed. Even as the economy recovers, many businesses still need to cut costs and lay off workers.
A high-performing office professional, however, is indispensable. The key is to maintain a very high standard of professionalism, competence and individual initiative at all times. Here’s how to ensure you are a must-have resource for your company:
Sure, bypassing the morning commute, being able to pick up the kids from school, and completing some household chores on your lunch break may sound great, but not all workers are cut out to work from home. Instead of focusing on the “perks” of a flexible schedule, those considering this option need to be honest about the chances of such an arrangement being successful.
To get an idea of how well you’d fare, business and workplace expert Alexandra Levit suggests examining your level of the following five traits:
Everybody has heard that cigarettes are harmful to your health, but could they also be bad for your paycheck? A new study using data from the U.S. Census Bureau from 1992-2011 reveals that smokers earn about 80% of nonsmokers’ wages.
Let’s face it, nobody really loves being stuck in the office during the summer. There are countless other things you’d rather be doing: hanging out by the pool, sunning yourself at the beach or going on a luxury vacation. If those aren’t an option for you because you have to work, you probably spend a good portion of your time at the office stewing with resentment, and envying friends who aren’t working during the summer.
With the arrival of Britain’s new little prince, the next question is what William and Kate will name him. Odds are heavy that he will have a traditional, “sensible” name that fits his royal destiny. Should other parents follow their lead to increase their own child’s chances for success?
A little competition in the office may inspire workers to put in extra effort, but when “winning” becomes the primary objective, it may be time to evaluate your mindset. Focus too much on beating others and you may end up damaging your career by losing sight of the ultimate goal – doing high quality work that will improve the company.
Think you may be guilty of being overly competitive? Consider these warning signs: