New Yahoo CEO Is Six Months Pregnant [Insert Gasp]

Meredith Soleau Candidate Pool, Career Paths, Meredith Soleau, Work Life Balance

Bravo, Yahoo! Seriously, I applaud your company! *standing ovations all around* When I heard about Yahoo’s new CEO (Marissa Mayer) being six months pregnant, and only being 37-years-old, I just knew – this woman must be simply amazing. Not only is she a girl, but she gets picked to be CEO with a maternity leave scheduled in her near future.  Women everywhere can …

What is a Baller?

Paul Hebert Career Paths, Communication, Employee Coaching, Employee Communications, Engagement and Satisfaction, Good HR, Paul Hebert, Performance, Work Life Balance

If you hang around the FOT water cooler enough you’re bound to run into a few sports terms now and then.  Baller is one of those.  Originally used to reference a street basketball player who makes it big and goes pro now it is used to reference just about anyone who is extremely proficient at the game – whether business …

Go Home! If the Facebook COO Can Leave at 5:30, So Can You.

Jason Pankow Culture, Driving Productivity, Good HR, Jason Pankow, Work Life Balance

There was an article floating around the tech world, recently.  Maybe you saw it.  Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg stated in an interview that she *GASP!* “walk[s] out of this office every day at 5:30 so I’m home for dinner with my kids at 6.” OH. MY. GOD!!!  How did this woman get to be COO?  Everyone in the …

Subtle Signals of Disengagement – The “Out of Office” Email…

Paul Hebert Employee Relations, Employment Branding and Culture, HR (& Life!) Advice, Paul Hebert, Work Life Balance

Is there anything more self-serving and ridiculous than an “out of office” email reply? You send a message to someone and within two seconds a message hits your inbox that says something along the lines of… “I am out of the office with limited access to email.  If your message is important please contact May Jo Doesn’tCareAboutYourProblem in the Department …

Explaining HR to a Three Year-Old…

Meredith Soleau Meredith Soleau, Work Life Balance

*actual conversation with my 3 year-old, Logan* How was your day, Logan? It was good, Mommy.  How was your day? Thanks for asking!  That was so polite.  But it wasn’t good.  I had to fire someone. You had a fire?  At your work?  Did you go outside?  Was there smoke? No, I had to fire someone.  Like, I had to …