Weekend Reads to Start Your Summer

Weekend Reads to Start Your Summer

Our weekly roundup of articles that caught our eye as they relate to work and parenting.

How the Most Successful Working Mothers Get the Most Out of Their Days (Entrepreneur)

Do you work the “split shift?” A time management coach interviewed 1,000 women who make over $100,000 about how they manage their time between work and family and found that many log off for those hours between school and bed-time, then work again after everyone’s asleep. Here’s a summary of her findings and also her tips for, well, managing your time. We ask all the featured moms on Maybrooks what schedule they keep — and it’s often creative!

Escalating Demands at Work Hurt Employees and Companies (NYT)

There’s no news flash here that you don’t already know — overwork is not sustainable or healthy. But there’s a silver lining in this piece — the writer determines that “slack” is a competitive advantage.

Sir Richard Branson Offers Full Year of Paid Leave

Virgin Group’s Richard Branson wrote about the new policy on his blog: “If you take care of your employees they will take care of your business… As a father and now a grandfather to three wonderful grandchildren, I know how magical the first year of a child’s life is but also how much hard work it takes. Being able to spend as much time as possible with your loved ones is absolutely vital, especially early on.” There’s fine print on who is eligible for this full year but we think it’s a step in the right direction, and part of the data we are collecting to help moms (and dads) make good decisions about the companies they work for. #transparency

Summer Organizing Challenge (simplyBorganized)

One of the coaches created a 30-day organizing challenge for her kids. If your kids are out for the summer, might be worth checking it out.

Why doing nothing for a year was the best career decision Food Network star Ina Garten ever made

“Getting good and bored was important,” Garten said. “I thought my professional career was over, but it hadn’t even started.” After her break in 1999 came The Barefoot Contessa — a huge cookbook success for author and Food Network host Ina Garten, which she attributes to a year off.

Here’s to the start of a fruitful summer break.