How to Balance Being a Mom, Wife, and Working Professional

Ms. Career Girl

So, is that lady from the first paragraph faking it, or does she really have it all? Here’s a scene to think of: You are sitting in front of your computer, trying to get some work done. They happen when you have a lot of work. You are not just a working professional.

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How to Make Remote Working Easier for Your Team

Jobacle

During 2020, remote working has become utilized more than ever before and it has been astounding to see how well some individuals and businesses have been able to adapt to working from home. Career Advice WFH Work Productivity

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can we all just keep working from home forever now?

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A reader writes: I’ve been working from home for five years. I know that some people currently work from home due to the pandemic hate it, but many love it and will want to continue after the pandemic ends. So my question is: is remote work here to stay?

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can I keep working from home after my office re-opens?

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A reader writes: I’m a young professional who works with a major company making a very good salary for my area and age. Due to life circumstances I still live with my parents, and I haven’t gotten enough savings yet to move out on my own, even aside from the Covid situation. I’m currently working from home due to the pandemic, but it’s been made clear that’s not going to be forever.

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If You Work From Home, How Bad Do You Miss the Commute?

The HR Capitalist

I've been blessed to have mostly worked from home over the last 10 years. If you continue to work from home, who's going to help you with this intro or outro to your day (the commute) you'd never thought you'd miss?

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open thread – January 8-9, 2021

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The comment section on this post is open for discussion with other readers on anything work-related that you want to talk about (that includes school). If you want an answer from me, emailing me is still your best bet*, but this is a chance to talk to other readers. * It’s the Friday open thread! If you submitted a question to me recently, please do not repost it here, as it may be in my queue to answer.

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If You Could Go Back to the Office, Would You?

Water Cooler Wisdom

If you could return to your pre-pandemic work arrangement right now, would you do it? What were their reasons for wanting a more traditional in-office or an alternative working-from-home (WFH) arrangement? I deduced some central themes from the about 100 responses I received. For Pros of Working From Home. Many find that working from home is a better fit for their comfort zones.

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quitting would destroy my company, I gossiped about a coworker, and more

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I’m currently working in a small private practice as an optician. We are trying to hire an optician for the role I’m moving up from. However, we are struggling to find anyone willing to work for such low pay; the pay is many dollars an hour less than the average.

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am I being inflexible for not doing non-work things during work hours?

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A reader writes: Am I a jerk for “being inflexible” and not wanting to do non-work stuff during work hours? I’m a librarian and work part-time at two different libraries. I only work there for four hours at a time, so 20-30 minutes is a decent part of my shift.

2021 41

really aggressive spam callers are giving me anxiety attacks

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A reader writes: Most of my company has been working from home due to the pandemic, like everyone. Periodically over the years I have answered the phones, but I used to also work in the field so I wasn’t doing it consistently.

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should we let an employee resign instead of being fired?

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Some of the staff are co-supervised depending on work assignments. We gave them another chance, in part to get documentation and the job description in order, in part from a tiny hope they could turn it around. You’re just there to get work done effectively.

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Your Growing Side Business Needs These 16 Things to Thrive in 2021

Ms. Career Girl

has done well this year and what work remains to be improved. If you aim to grow that side business in 2021 and beyond, you’ll need to attend to some important action items before long. A Comfortable Home Office Free From Distractions. SideHustle business in 2021

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my boss bought me new clothes, couriers who don’t wear masks, and more

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I work at a furniture store and just had an odd meeting with my store manager and am not sure what to think. I have worked in retail furniture for many years and have never encountered a dress code problem before. Deliveries from couriers who aren’t wearing masks.

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is this resume writer shady, telling my boss I’m sober, and more

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I received a response from one of those professional resume writing places. Should I tell my boss my sobriety has helped my work? I started a new job in April, while I was going through a very non-traditional breakup and living at my childhood home due to Covid.

2021 34

updates: the micromanagement, the fertility treatments, and more

Ask a Manager

Here are four updates from people who had their letters answered here in the past. We have to send three updates a day while working from home. She thought that if I said I was free Thursday afternoon or Friday morning for a meeting that I had no other work to do during that time. She never fully grasped the understanding that if I wasn’t scheduled an internal or external meeting, that I had other work to complete. Please stay home if you’re sick!

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update: can job-hopping BE my career somehow?

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I really appreciated reading everyone’s advice and considering all of the options that were mentioned as far as temporary and seasonal work goes. The original plan was for me to go back to school to get a nursing degree (2-year, community college route), then work as a nurse part-time. The job I have now is a 30-min walk from where I live, and I work 20-22 hours per week. Remember the letter-writer who was wondering if job-hopping could be their career somehow ?

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????? 5 Things Student Job Seekers Need To Know For 2021

JobMob

For college students planning their transition to the full-time working world, 2020 was a year of learning the new rules of the game on the fly. Looking for work, and life on the job, radically changed in real time. What volunteer work did you do?

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Best Job Search Apps for 2021

The Corporate Con/noisseur

Best Job Search Apps for 2021. With 2020 being dominated by news of the coronavirus pandemic, 2021 will surely be a better and more productive year for us all. That is why we are going to review the best job search apps for 2021 and hope that these job apps will make your job search easier and more efficient. LinkedIn is our top and best job search app for 2021. With so many offerings, LinkedIn is by far the best job search app for 2021.

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Rewarding Careers To Try In 2021

Corn on the Job

If you are looking to make a fresh start in 2021 and try to make a difference in the world, we want to share a few ways you can do that today. . These are some of the most rewarding and wonderful career options you can try next year to really make you feel fulfilled and happy at work.

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I want to return to the office but we’re still working from home, a computer-illiterate coworker, and more

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I want to return to the office but we’re still working from home. My organization has been working from home since mid-March. Luckily, the work we do can be done remotely so we have adapted pretty well to the change. However, my grandboss has insisted that we will continue to work from home even into the fall. I work at a childcare facility and we have tools we use both on a computer and an iPad.

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Why You Should Follow Facebook and Pay Remote Workers Less

Evil HR Lady

Like most tech companies, Facebook sent a lot of their employees to work from home when the Coronavirus struck. Zuckerberg says that by January 1, 2021, people who are approved for full-time remote work will have to notify Facebook of their new location, and their pay will be adjusted accordingly. Now Mark Zuckerberg says they can stay–but there’s one catch: If they move out of a high cost of living area, they’ll likely see a pay cut.

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Cost of Living Pay Cuts for Twitter Employees Moving from Bay Area: Valid or BS?

The HR Capitalist

By now, you're aware that hundreds or thousands of companies have announced that their white-collar jobs won't be returning to the office until 2021, and perhaps until a vaccine is approved, deployed and effective. That means people working for those companies can work anywhere.

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updates: the borrowed laptop, the constant FaceTiming, and more

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month at Ask a Manager, and all December I’m running updates from people who had their letters here answered in the past. Here are four updates from past letter-writers. My company charges us PTO when we work from home while sick. Which worked perfectly.

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office won’t call me “lord,” everyone has ideas but won’t do the work, and more

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Everyone has ideas, but no one wants to do the work. However, most of the work is done by a small core group of volunteers. A company I used to work for just laid off five people. I hope you can join us for an online celebration of their work and many impactful years with us.”

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what to do if your company is making you return to your office before it feels safe

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A reader writes: I work for a 500-person company that has had all but 10 employees working from home since mid-March. Employees will go in one week and work from home three weeks so that only 25% of the work force will be in at one time. Other similar companies in the area have committed to letting their people telecommute at least until September and probably until 2021.

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update: will it hurt my chances of getting hired if I can only do video interviews?

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month at Ask a Manager, and all December I’m running updates from people who had their letters here answered in the past. I’m very proud of the work we do and have not regretted my decision to take this job in the least, which is SO refreshing to be able to say! It’s “where are you now?”

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updates: the public speaking, the LinkedIn tagger, and more

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month at Ask a Manager, and all December I’m running updates from people who had their letters here answered in the past. Here are four updates from past letter-writers. Once I spelled out my expectations more clearly than I had in the post (that my teammates would discuss their own work for 2-3 minutes each at a departmental meeting) it was interesting to note that many commenters still thought that this might be too much to ask of someone who doesn’t like speaking to groups.

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updates: the inappropriate boss, the small gifts, and more

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month at Ask a Manager, and all December I’m running updates from people who had their letters here answered in the past. Here are four updates from past letter-writers. Two days after you posted my letter, our entire company went into mandatory work from home mode due to COVID. Plus, all of those perks were moot now as we all started working from home anway. I decided to let it go and focus on getting my work done.

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updates: the married client’s mistress, the weird thank-you’s, and more

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month at Ask a Manager, and all December I’m running updates from people who had their letters here answered in the past. Here are four updates from past letter-writers. My enthusiasm for my work was gone and I was pretty much in BEC mode daily. It’s “where are you now?”

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updates: exclamation point overload, the person who caused a Covid panic, and more

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month at Ask a Manager, and all December I’m running updates from people who had their letters here answered in the past. Here are four updates from past letter-writers. But I took the job, and things worked out. I caused a coronavirus panic at work (#3 at the link).

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updates: the nail clipping, the uninvited cockroach, and more

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month at Ask a Manager, and all December I’m running updates from people who had their letters here answered in the past. Here are four updates from past letter-writers. But 2020 being what it is, you published my letter on March 12, and by March 17, we had all been sent home due to covid! Thanks to working from home full time, I was able to essentially move in with my long-distance boyfriend and work from his house. It’s “where are you now?”

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my job gave everyone a gift but me, pre-planned trips when interviewing, and more

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I’ve been working as a co-op student at a nonprofit full-time for the past four months now. For context, because of COVID, it’s been a completely virtual role and the team is quite small with 10 people working at the organization total. Is there a way to make both work?

2020 38

mixed messages after layoffs, called back to the office but I’m a single mom with no child care, and more

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I work for a small nonprofit that had to lay off about half the team two weeks ago because of Covid. I am still employed, and while I serve on the leadership team and was consulted on how the process should be handled, the communication about the layoffs came from our executive director. This has been really hard on our small team and while we would like to be able to bring everyone back on in 2021, we know that might not be financially possible.

2020 27

job candidate read all his answers from notes, predecessor won’t clear out their office, and more

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Job candidate read all his answers from prepared notes. He answered most of the questions by obviously reading prepared answers — his eyes tracked from side to side and his delivery went flat compared to our unscripted pleasantries. It’s five answers to five questions.

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can I talk about my boyfriend’s other girlfriend at work?

Ask a Manager

We decided to collaborate on answering a few questions together, and this is the first of two posts from that joint effort. . Can I talk about my boyfriend’s other girlfriend at work? We aren’t really into any sort of “polyamory scene” sort of thing; this is simply an arrangement that happened because it’s what works for us and our happy little family. And do you want to do this at work? .

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is it weird to vape on a Zoom call, should you go to grad school to avoid a bad job market, and more

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I am one of the many students whose classes have all been moved online for the remainder of the semester, but I am in grad school, so many of my colleagues (including me) worked for a time before coming back to school. This is a class rather than work so things are a little more relaxed, but in most work contexts it would come across as unprofessional — overly casual, like cracking open a beer or painting your nails on a video conference. It’s five answers to five questions.

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did I get offered a job because I can bake, kid noise on calls, and more

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I recently applied for a job after not working for a few years due to looking after my children. The interview did not feel organic at all — he didn’t ask me about any specific experiences highlighted on my resume, projects I had worked on, etc.

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muting your boss, lavish virtual holiday parties, and more

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Each week my small team (four of us) has an informal Zoom “coffee chat” — intended as a non-work-related time to catch up and connect as we are all still working from home indefinitely. How can I get through the next weeks and months at work?

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my boss says grad school will prove I’m serious, being micromanaged after a great review, and more

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However, I’m also still managing a lot of administrative tasks for other groups, like scheduling calls and ordering lunches, which I would like to move away from. I recently received feedback from my supervisor that the only way I will advance in the organization is to get a master’s degree in the field that I’m working on. I’ve always thought about grad school, and wanted to continue my learning, but I could only do an online program, so that I can still work full-time.

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