3 ways being a millennial prepared me to be a working parent during the pandemic

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“Many tactics I used as a hustling post-Recession millennial in my twenties and early thirties have become major assets in my ability to be a working-stay-at-home parent during a pandemic.” My first job out of college was as a junior copywriter. We sat in an open bullpen and everyone’s computer screens were visible. Understandably, others grumbled about how much time I spent giggling over the GChat conversations I juggled between projects. But when I was confronted about this behavior, my manager defended me. “She gets all her work done and it’s good,” she said with a shrug. Read Full Story

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I’m a working mom, and this is the career hack that’s helping me find balance

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A tax principal at PwC says that these hacks helped her get promoted and spend quality time with her children. When I approached my boss 14 years ago about working reduced hours, my life was at a crossroads. On one hand, I had just been promoted to a manager role at PwC. On the other hand, I was about to return to work from parental leave with my second child. Read Full Story

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Want schools to reopen? Education needs an epic bailout

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To safely reopen classrooms and allow parents to return to work, we’ll need money. Lots of it. Think of it as a correction for decades of underinvestment. Full disclosure: I put my kids in front of the TV so I could write this op-ed. That’s life during quarantine. My kids miss school, and I miss having more than ten minutes to string together a thought. Parents are losing their marbles as our kids max out on screen time and struggle without structure. So believe me when I say there is nothing I want more than to send my two kids back to our beloved local elementary school this August. Read Full Story

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Burnout put me in the hospital. This is what I learned about healthy work-life balance

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A neurolinguistics coach recalls when a doctor told her that she was so stressed for so long that she had to either change her lifestyle or have surgery to staple her organs to keep them in place. In my corporate job, I was turning up and smiling at parties, but inside I was burning out and only just treading water. It all felt like too much. I was too far past my boundaries and saw my only choice as quitting. I barely spoke about my situation except to laugh off how awful it was. Read Full Story

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‘I don’t know how to do this’: 3 families on the trials of virtual learning

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The U.S. education system is not created equal—especially during the coronavirus pandemic. We spoke with parents about remote school, infection risk, and how they’re managing work during lockdown. This story is part of Fast Company ‘s Reinventing Education package. As millions of students begin school during a deadly pandemic and global recession, we’re highlighting the ongoing efforts to keep children safe in the classroom, educate them remotely, and help their parents manage a new second shift. Click here to read the whole series. Read Full Story

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How to adopt Steve Jobs’s approach to well-being in the workplace

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Steve Jobs’s former assistant Naz Beheshti credits the Apple founder with setting her on the trajectory to her current wellness-focused career. Seven years ago, executive wellness coach Naz Beheshti had a dream. In it, her former boss, Steve Jobs , gave her one last assignment. “He appeared and simply and clearly—the way he always spoke to me in life—just told me that I needed to write this book, about how my first job and working for him impacted the rest of my life,” she says. Read Full Story

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A 5-point plan for becoming the best mentor you can be

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The founder of a global STEM mentoring nonprofit says authenticity and transparency are key. Share your own stumbles—and how you overcame them. While I was in high school, I was an ambitious student with a serious vision for my future. The daughter of Vietnamese refugees, I was quickly learning that my parents would not be able to guide me to where I needed to go, whether educationally or financially, to achieve my goals. As my friends’ parents cheered them on at extracurriculars that would help them get into college, I often could not get a ride to mine. I spent my summers working 12-hour shifts at KFC (with a night shift at Hollywood Video) to save for a car to get me where I needed to go, and tuition when the time came. Simply because of the family I was born into, my pathway was littered with roadblocks as I …

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Corporate diversity is shrouded in secrecy. It doesn’t have to be

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A new index and coalition that shines a spotlight on inclusion is key to lasting change, says Intel’s chief diversity and inclusion officer. Everyone is carrying things you can’t see and working through challenges that may not be voiced. For me, it is navigating obstacles as a Black family and a parent of a Black adult male son in America. As a mother, I am constantly thinking of my son’s safety and ensuring his place in this world is aligned to his greatness and not held up by artificial barriers such as skin color. How do I lead and influence in a way that protects him as a human being? I also think about the world I brought my son into, and how it needs to be much better than the world I grew up in. Read Full Story

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5 fundamental steps to supporting (and retaining) working parents

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Working parents still face an intense struggle caregiving while operating remotely. This is how managers can show their commitment. Earlier this week I was on a video call with the executive team at Mailchimp, and my youngest daughter Jane woke up crying. I turned off video, put on headphones, and balanced my laptop on her changing table so I could pay attention to the meeting while I got her back to sleep. As I was bouncing and shushing her over the noise machine, Zoom kept reminding me I was on mute, and I just hoped no one would ask me a question. Read Full Story

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