Publications by and featuring Carole Richter
It came, it went, and few Americans probably even noticed.
“It” was National Workaholics Day—yes, a holiday of sorts, memorialized every July 5.
Is it celebrated? Not really. It’s more of a sober reminder that workaholism, like any addiction, can jeopardize health, home lives and—eventually—productivity and a company’s bottom line.
Except that workaholism, unlike other addictions, is not only socially acceptable, it’s often admired, emulated and rewarded by higher pay and promotions. All of which sends a pretty mixed message to employees who persistently hear from HR departments about the importance of “work-/life balance” and unplugging from work on the weekends.
“If the employer really wants to support work/life balance, then a clear message must come from the top and permeate the culture,” said Carole Richter, principal of Denver-based HR Consulting LLC … Read More
Aimee Cohen doesn’t mind telling on herself.
She shares this story to illustrate how she, like so many women, practice bad habits—Cohen likes to call them “sins”—that can sabotage their careers:
Cohen admits that she tends to buy into the myth that “everything has to be perfect.”
“It’s self-imposed,” said Cohen, author of Woman UP! Overcome the 7 Deadly Sins that Sabotage Your Success (Morgan James, 2015). “It’s the Martha Stewart syndrome—you can’t bring store-bought cookies to your child’s class; they have to be homemade with homemade sprinkles. I fall into this trap. Writing this book really brought that home. If I was going to wait for every word in it to be perfect, it would have never made it into your hand. It’s paralyzing that you can second-guess yourself over and over.” … Read More