Starting an Employee Resource Group: The Basics

Employees are people. People are different. Some are men, some are women, some have physical or learning challenges. Some are White, some are Black, some are Latino, some are Asian. Some are LGBTQ, some are transgender. Most are some combination of these. Our workplaces are usually the most diverse environments we are ever in, and…

Why You Should Be Keeping a Career Journal

Keeping a journal has always been extremely therapeutic for me. I've written about the benefits of journaling before, but a few days ago, I came across the concept of a career journal, and my interest was immediately piqued. A career journal is designed to help you do a few important things: get career clarity , keep…

“Fake it ’till You Make it.” Good Advice or Recipe for Disaster?

"Fake it 'till you make it" has always been a favorite expression of mine, and I've subscribed to this philosophy for years. I've even used it a time or two on this site. But, I've recently started to wonder whether this phrase we all so casually throw around is actually sound advice or if it…

Stop Making These Mistakes on LinkedIn

These days, it's hard to run into someone who doesn't have a LinkedIn profile. I use the site all the time to search for people in my profession and stay on top of industry developments. I usually spend at least a couple of hours a week scrolling through LinkedIn, and in doing so, have come…

Want to Get Ahead? Stop Doing the Office Housework!

Last week, the New York Times published an article that highlighted one of the most prominent, yet under recognized, gender gaps in the workplace. In Women, Stop Volunteering for Office Housework, we learned of new research that shows that women are 48% more likely than men to volunteer for "non promotable tasks," such as note-taking, office…

The Way You Speak to Yourself Matters

  A couple of weeks ago, I attended a conference for high school girls. The idea was to bring these girls together and help them to start developing their leadership skills through exercises designed to build up their confidence, explore their visions for the future and set concrete goals for themselves. As you can imagine,…

Ask and You Shall Receive? Maybe Not.

Every year in April, we commemorate Equal Pay Day. It's a day to raise awareness about the persistent wage gap between men and women. Study after study has shown that women earn less than their male counterparts for the same work, even when controlling for factors such as education, experience, and skill set. Some estimates…