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With all the coronavirus upheaval of late, our work life has changed significantly over the past several weeks. From one week to the next, we experienced drastic changes in federal, state, and local government responses. Many of us began working from home for the first time, business as usual changed in creative ways to accommodate our customer base, while others tragically were laid off.

Gradually our isolation increased, and the uncertainty we experienced became ever more challenging as we read and watched the news, learning the nuances of the virus spread, false positives, re-infection, and unsettling neurological symptoms. With business…


It is a false assumption that the office mom is relegated to making coffee, circulating birthday cards, and coordinating office parties when in reality an office mom is much more than that if that at all.

It is inaccurate to label every working woman tasked to perform “office housework” as an office mom. In reality, the office mom is much more than that, if that at all.

In this world resonating with the mantra of women supporting women, why is there such a negative connotation associated with the Office Mom? In just about every office across the country, there’s an office mom, so why is the label so damning? Why do people question the worth of this supportive woman in the workplace, or worse yet, ridicule or devalue her contributions? …


Avoid missteps and faux pas to enjoy the Halloween Party at work.

It’s October. So, you know what that means, right? This month you have a day entirely dedicated for you to assume another identity (or maybe two or three) if you factor in the weekend prior. Beyond the myriad of social events and contests around town, chances are relatively high that your office or shared work space, is hosting a Halloween Party too.

Before you say, “I don’t dress up for those,” I must ask, “Why the hell not”? I never quite understand why people don’t. I mean rarely, if ever, does one have an opportunity to assume another identity, make…


Do you feel as if you are going through the motions at work or in your life? Are you unable to find a way forward because you’re in limbo?

If so, you may be caught up in what Your Office Mom likes to call the “If only _____ I could ____” Syndrome. Perhaps you’re waiting for someone to come along and change your circumstances. Or, you may be waiting for something to happen that changes things for you. Either way, it’s a feeling of powerlessness, and it is often difficult to get past. …


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If you are a manager of people, you know how important leadership can be on the job. If you’re a team lead you know how challenging it can be to lead others without that dotted line responsibility. You may wonder if you’re an effective leader and look to leadership programs that cost an arm and a leg. In this article, I want to share some career advice with you based on years of working with emerging leaders (or any other type for that matter). …


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Early in my career, I was promoted and overnight, I was a manager with a team of new direct reports. Thrown into a new role with a team to go along with it was a difficult transition. My boss thought I was ready, so that was that, apparently. While I was focusing on the tactical and operational responsibilities of my new role, I was struggling with the nuances of the whole leadership thing. I questioned myself daily and agonized over my decisions. I was anxious, lost sleep, and worried that somehow, I wasn’t doing it “right.” So, I found myself…


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It’s vacation season, but if you’re a manager with direct reports, you may not plan to take any time off this summer. That’s unfortunate, but it’s not unusual. Most American workers don’t take all their vacation days for whatever reason. You may have plenty of accrued paid time off, yet find it challenging to schedule the right time to be away from the office. You might be concerned about a big project, closing a deal, or just maintaining the day-day performance of your team or department. Your Office Mom has news for you. Things will not fall apart in your…


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If you want to alleviate your worst fears about what’s going to happen when you’re out of the office, here are some business tips for you. This article is written for managers and leaders in mind, but it applies to anyone who needs to assign tasks to other people at work when they schedule a vacation or take a staycation. You know your situation the best, so review these tips from Your Office Mom and adjust them to fit your workplace and specific needs. With a comprehensive plan, your team will be adequately prepared prior to your departure and you…


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During your career, people are going to frustrate you, slight you, piss you off, overlook your achievements, you name it, they are going to do it. It might be co-workers, your boss or clients. How you choose to handle those situations* will say a great deal about your maturity and professionalism. It’s important to recognize that when people criticize, insult or throw shade, taking the high road is always the best road professionally. You may want to lash out, be hurtful and throw it right back, that’s not your best course of action on the job. What works? …


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No matter where you work or what career you’re in, layoffs happen. Regardless of your job type, from manual labor to sitting at a desk, layoffs are inevitable. It may not happen while you’re at your current company, but at some point in your career, a business may have to let go of some employees, and you might fall into that group. Typically, layoffs are a result of cost-cutting, organizational changes, acquisitions, and mergers or after a management company is hired to streamline processes. …

Dory Wilson — Your Office Mom

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