It’s almost impossible these days to not hear the doom and gloom of the economic reports on the news, by the water cooler and at family dinners. We are inundated 24-hours-a-day with negativity, up-to-the-minute reports of lost jobs and stock market crashes. While it’s important to be informed, you owe it to yourself and your business to not go down the slippery slope of negativity.
In Getting to 50/50: How Working Couples Can Have It All by Sharing It All, Sharon Meers and Joanna Strober, two highly successful working moms, have written an action plan for couples based on the simple belief that in order to achieve a successful work-life balance, moms and dads must be equal at home. Published by Bantam Books, 50/50 is on bookshelves now. We asked the authors Three Questions.
There I was, writing my very first newspaper article about Facebook and being “status conscious” when it comes to friending co-workers. Amazed by speaking with sources who wanted to remain anonymous and fascinated by the topic, it begged me to ask the question: could you truly be Facebook friends with your co-workers? Perhaps the better question is should you friend your co-workers? How about your boss?
Out of the mountain of stats tied to the latest unemployment report — 8.1% Americans are jobless — one number stood out: 8.6 million people now work part time, up 787,000 from a month ago. Over the past year, 3.7 million people — who want to work fulltime but can’t find jobs — have joined the part time ranks. They are, in short, “doing what it takes” to stay afloat — a strategy we’ve aways favored, whether it’s asking a spouse to return to work, make kids chip in more or accept a lower salary and standard of living to make ends meet. You agree? What are you doing to make ends meet?
I’m always looking for creative, economic and efficient ways to maximize my time and productivity. As a small business owner, I rely on the support and networking of online groups, newsletters, and most of all, free resources. The internet is full of excellent sites. I focus on those catering to women and moms in small business.
With unemployment rising and the economic picture none too bright, a new poll by the National Sleep Foundation finds that almost a third of us can’t get a good night’s sleep. Money woes now outweigh other concerns such as war, global warming or terrorist attacks. “What is very telling is that these Americans whose sleep is impacted by financial worries report that their sleep disturbance makes them much less likely to work efficiently, exercise, eat healthily, and have sex compared to their better-sleeping fellow Americans,” said co-author Michael V. Vitiello.