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Leave Work Life “Balance” Off Your List of 2023 Resolutions

Happy New Year! I hope you enjoyed the year-end holidays with friends and family. As you set your intentions for 2023, it’s a good time to remember to leave “finding a better work-life balance” off your list. Why? Because, as I’ve been explaining for nearly two decades, there is no such thing as work-life balance. […]

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Tis the Season to Celebrate, Reflect…and Take Time Off

For me, the year-end holidays are a time to celebrate and reflect. Celebrate professional and personal successes: what you did get done, not what you didn’t; progress, not perfection (still my favorite insights from the work+life fit naturals I studied when writing Tweak It). And reflect on some of the most important lessons learned, one […]

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Railroad Strike Averted but Work Life Fit Issues Still a Major Risk

This past week I’ve been fascinated, but not surprised, that the looming strike by railroad workers hinged not on money, but on their ability to fit work and life together. Analyzing legislation that averted a possible railroad strike, the New York Times noted Sunday that “Congress stepped in to prevent supply chain havoc, but rail […]

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“What keeps you up at night?” My interview on UC Berkeley Extension’s The Future of Work podcast

“What keeps you up at night?”  That’s one of the thought-provoking questions the host of UC Berkeley Extension’s The Future of Work podcast, Jill Finlayson, asked during my recent appearance. Finlayson is also the Director of EDGE (Expanding Diversity and Gender Equity) in Tech Initiative at UC, and the monthly podcast she hosts focuses on the changing evolution of […]

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Moving Past the Office Occupancy Scorecard

While there may have been a Labor Day bump in return to office occupancy, rates have remained steady, and a variety of data indicate “where” we work patterns appear to be stabilizing somewhat. Hopefully, we can now move beyond RTO/hybrid limbo and start to answer these important questions: How are team-based decisions about “where” people […]

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In the Boardroom and Why Values are Foundational to High Performance Flexibility

Produced by BDO’s Center for Corporate Governance, BDO in the Boardroom is a podcast for board of directors and those charged with governance. I joined Amy Rojik, Managing Partner, Corporate Governance, on a recent episode to address whether today’s directors truly comprehend the new reality of work and how it’s fundamentally changed. We discussed why the […]

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Back to School and Back to the Office – Again

Another fall season brought another set of return to office deadlines. The headlines earlier this month were everywhere — “Enough Bosses Say,” “The Office’s Last Stand” and “Will Return to Office Get Serious in September?” were just a few.   Sure, there’s been an uptick in office occupancy this month, but as one recent headline […]

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The Anxious Achiever Podcast: How to get what you need at work

Morra Aarons-Mele’s The Anxious Achiever podcast explores the intersection of mental health and work, and how we can all do both better. I joined Morra (who also happens to be one of my favorite people) and Amelia Ransom, SPHR, VP of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Smartsheet, during a recent episode to answer listener questions about how to […]

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My USA Today Opinion: As Recession Looms Forget Layoffs

In today’s USA Today Opinion, I share why “As we teeter on the brink of a possible recession, business leaders have a make-or-break choice. Use this moment to threaten or plan layoffs while mandating employees return to the office. Or double down on flexible ways of working and make flexibility a core part of their operating model. “Will they revert to […]

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You can’t separate flexibility and work from home

I love Adam Grant, but you can’t separate flexibility and work from home. First, you have to have the flexibility to work from home in order to save time (and energy, I would add). Restated: A top upside of having the flexibility to work from home is “avoiding the hassle of schlepping to work” which […]

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