Fighting pregnancy discrimination shouldn’t be this hard

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Without EEOC reform, a chance at justice will be out of reach for most women, says ex-Google employee Chelsey Glasson. Every night after a long day of work, I put my two young children to bed and sit down at my kitchen table to tackle what feels like a third full-time job: pursuing a claim of pregnancy discrimination against my former employer. I spend hours writing responses to complicated discovery questions, combing through countless old text messages, and gathering thousands of pages of emails. I’ll use most of my vacation time this year being deposed by lawyers, interviewed by psychiatrists, and appearing in court. Read Full Story

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As a Latino immigrant, I thought I understood the challenges of the Black community. I have a lot to learn

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A CTO contemplates what actions he can take to change his company’s response and his own. As an immigrant from Nicaragua, I’ve been open about the discrimination I have faced in my life. I’ve experienced it from police enforcement, in my professional life, my social life, and even in the affluent suburb where I live. Many of these instances were microaggressions , rolled out over time that I don’t even notice them anymore. I do, however, distinctly remember the difference in pay I received in past jobs. And I remember meeting to discuss the acquisition of a company I founded with its CEO, who completely ignored my title and instead, thought I was a sales development representative. Read Full Story

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Here’s what Facebook is doing to ramp up groups (and fight their misuse)

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At their best, groups are one of Facebook’s biggest assets. At their worst, they’re a problem for society. I’m not sure when it happened. But at some point in the last couple of years, my use of Facebook in its most familiar form—posting on my wall and those of other members—has dwindled. Instead, I spend most of my time in Facebook groups devoted to a variety of my interests, from old cartoons to e-bikes. Read Full Story

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The secret strategy that will finally help you spend less time looking at your phone

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I wanted to change my relationship with my phone—to look at it less and live life more. It wasn’t easy. I’ve tried all sorts of tricks over the years. Here’s what didn’t work—and what ultimately did. I spend most days staring at a medium-sized rectangle—this is called “working.” The problem: another, smaller rectangle keeps taking up more and more of my attention. Read Full Story

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Why paper planners are the best way to stay organized in 2021

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One of the best organization tools for 2021 is not on your computer or phone. Now more than ever, my phone and laptop are inundated with Slacks, emails, and meeting reminders. Most of my 2020 social life now resides on my phone, in constantly chiming group chats and texts, which stack up under “Take some time to breathe” reminders from wellness apps (lol, okay), and increasingly ridiculous and alarming news headlines. Every time I open my phone to do one thing, I fall down a rabbit hole—checking Instagram, replying to texts, wait, what did I need to do again? If you’re experiencing the same, I can’t recommend a paper planner enough. Read Full Story

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My startup made difficult layoffs. Here’s how I kept morale up and our culture intact

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The decision to cut staff to survive the first wave of the pandemic was the most difficult of my tenure—but it had to be done. As CEO and cofounder at a tech startup, I was confronted with how the pandemic would affect my own company and the people that make it work. And like so many other businesses, ours was not untouched. T he decision to lay off staff to survive the first wave of the pandemic was the most difficult of my tenure at StreamSets. It came just days after celebrating news of a hard-earned accolade—a prestigious best workplaces award. To win an award that celebrates our business for putting culture first and to closely follow that with a reduction in force was jarring, but in coming to terms with the sudden new reality, I realized that to preserve the trajectory of the business over a multiyear time horizon, …

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What to do if your manager makes you feel invisible at work

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When you’re early in your career, flagging confidence and ranking lower on the totem pole may feed a perception that no one recognizes your contributions. Earlier in your career, there will be times at work when you feel you are in the shadow of your manager. For me, it was most salient when I worked on a project sponsored by a senior leader. Although I was doing the work, my manager often became the face of the project. Read Full Story

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This mundane task taught me the most powerful productivity hack

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Podcast host and best-selling author Pat Flynn explains three reasons why a common productivity practice actually doesn’t work. Years ago, when my wife, April, and I were getting married, we decided to DIY our wedding invitations to cut down on cost. What I didn’t know at the time was that this mundane task of assembling, addressing, and sealing 200+ invitations would teach me the most powerful productivity hack I use in business. Read Full Story

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Emotionally aware technology could help us beat Zoom fatigue

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In times of crises we tend to crave connection, but we’re being asked to do the opposite through social distancing. More emotionally intelligent computers could help bridge the gap. Growing up in the Middle East, one of my most vivid childhood memories was the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in 1990. Overnight, our world changed. My parents lost their jobs, their home, their savings. In the aftermath, I felt a flood of emotions unlike anything I’d ever experienced, but I suppressed my feelings and my family did the same. Even in a time of immense disruption, fear, and uncertainty, we forged ahead, accepting our change in circumstance. Read Full Story

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Everything you were taught about career paths was wrong

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The CMO of Reputation.com offers five strategies to take the road less traveled and succeed. Early in my professional life, when I worked in merchandising and brand management for one of the world’s most recognizable global retailers, I was told that leaving would be the biggest mistake of my career. I am so glad that I didn’t listen. Years later, I am still reaping the benefits of sidestepping a “traditional” linear career path. Read Full Story

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