2019 Update: We still stand by this advice on how to be avoid becoming an office mom — but you may also want to check out our more recent discussion on how to avoid office housekeeping tasks. Here’s a fun question for you: are you the office mom*? I’ve read that being the office mom … Read More about Are You an Office Mom?
Which work style do you have? Which is best for your personality and career?
There was an interesting article in Greedy Associates a few months ago about “homing from work” — trying to achieve work/life balance by getting personal errands done during the day. I hadn’t heard the phrase before, but it’s obviously something I did while working long hours at the law firm, and something I’ve advised people … Read More about Homing from Work – What Personal Tasks Are OK/Good to Do At Work?
What are the best practices for business development? How do you build a book of business? Are there any especially great business development tips for women? Reader S, a new partner, wonders: I am starting at a new firm as a partner where there is a great deal of emphasis on client development. Its a … Read More about How to Build a Book of Business: Business Development Tips for Women
2017 update: We still stand by this advice on how to be a boss (and links have been updated) but you may also want to check out our latest discussions on being a boss. How do you be a boss — if you’ve never been a boss before? What changes do you have to make … Read More about How to Be a Boss
What do you do if you don’t have a specific desk or workspace every day, and instead have to carry everything you need for work with you? How do you set up a mobile office, or deal with a “hot desking” situation? I’ve had a few questions about this recently, so let’s discuss. First, Reader … Read More about How to Set Up a Mobile Office
2018 Update: We still stand by this advice on how to find a great career to fit your personality — but you may also want to check out our more recent roundup of personality tests and our latest discussion of whether your job is right for you. Careers and personalities are always a fun topic, … Read More about Careers and Personalities
How do you respond when someone praises your work — without sounding like an entitled braggart (and without undermining yourself)? Reader T has a great question about compliments at work. My question for you is, how do you respond to a co-worker (sometimes a supervisor) telling you they’ve heard great comments/feedback about your work? I’m … Read More about How to Respond to Work-Related Praise
What do you do when your boss gives you work that is beyond your skill level? Reader C asks a great question… How do you handle a situation when you’re asked to do a task you’re definitely not ready for? I am a newly admitted lawyer in my first job out of law school and … Read More about How to Do the Work You’re Not Ready For
Reader L has a great question about how to show her appreciation for a new secretary who’s doing a great job: I’m a young associate at a new firm and a few times recently, my secretary has helped me put together and file huge motions. Of course such filings are always done up against tight … Read More about How to Show Your Secretary You Appreciate Her
Do you nap at the office? What are your best tips for napping at the office (possibly without getting caught)? We took a poll on office naps a thousand years ago, but haven’t really discussed since then, and I thought it might be an interesting topic. First, some factoids from the Internet — according to … Read More about How to Nap at Work
How do you convey tone in email without seeming childish or girlish? Can you ever use exclamations in emails? Reader C wonders… I’m hoping you can address the issue of using !’s in emails at work. As we all know, tone is hard to convey properly via email. However, whenever I am inclined to use … Read More about OMG, LOL!!! How to Convey Tone In Email Without Seeming Childish
2018 Update: We still stand by this advice on how to help a coworker present herself better — you may also want to check out our guide to executive presence for women leaders. How do you help someone present herself well, without insulting her personality and other innate qualities? Reader A wonders… I work at … Read More about Dazed and Confused: How to Help a Coworker Present Herself Better