The perception of internal female conflicts between their roles in the workplace and at home is keeping women from winning promotions, according to new research at the University of Illinois College of Business Administration in Chicago. The data lend support to the growing trend of women who leave corporate jobs to start their own businesses.
An increasing number of businesses are allowing women, and men of course, to bring their children to work. Advocates say the practice saves money by cutting down on maternity leave and retains talent by providing a desirable benefit. Opponents, however, lament noisy disruption of the workplace and resentment of co-workers.
My Daughter, an advice Web site that focuses on educating girls, suggests identifying successful women business to emulate in order to duplicate their success. "Their long term happiness is more likely if they actually aim for something that they work towards and gain by their own efforts," says Alison Morris, editor of the site.
A lot of people looking for new jobs may be out of touch with the jargon recruiters and interviewers are using. Science magazine has developed a lexicon for job seekers with links to related information to help people get up to speed on commonly used terminology.
Female entrepreneurs may have an advantage over men in handling stress and anxiety because they tend to be more willing to seek help, according to Karin Abarbanel, co-author with Bruce Freeman of a new book on entrepreneurship called "Birthing the Elephant." Common mistakes among women who are starting businesses, says Abarbanel, are "over-romanticizing" the realities of being the boss, spending too much on image, and pricing products and services too low.