|English: An artist's depiction of the rat race in reference to the work and life balance. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rat_race Made with following images: http://www.openclipart.org/detail/75385 http://www.openclipart.org/detail/74137 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
Successful working women keep track of important matters in the news. However, we are not one-dimensional. Some of us also want to keep up with celebrity gossip and fashion news too. Even in the era of the Internet and 24 hour news shows and E! it can be challenging to keep up with everything.
Fortunately for you, I make it my job to keep up on articles of interest to working moms and when I find notable ones, I share them with you. Below are three that sparked my interest.
Articles of Interest to Working Moms
- "Why You Should Hire a Mom" This article discusses the benefits of hiring mothers, which are numerous. It makes the case for why companies should hire moms and develop policies to make them feel valued and to assist them with the many challenges that accompany working and mothering. I am sold on these benefits and I hope that more companies become sold on them too. Indeed, every working mom that I know is smart, focused and efficient. We also tend to value our jobs and do more in an hour than others dream about.
- "I'm Not Ambitious, and That's OK" Work-life balance debates focus on the most hard-driving women. What about women (and men) who have less lofty goals? These women want to work, either for fulfillment or for necessity, and they want to mother their children. However, they do not wish to "lean in" like Sheryl Sandberg. Instead they want to coast at work while they figure out how to balance it all. Indeed, it seems to me that leaning in requires one to be off balance by definition.
- "A Love-Hate Relationship: How Technology Impacts Work/Life Balance" This article attempts to answer the age old question, "Does technology really help us in our endeavor for work-life balance?" I have also written about this topic recently in a post, "Working Mom Confession: My Smart Phone May Be Swallowing My Life". The article emphasizes that working moms need to manage technology and use it as a tool, instead of being bullied by it.