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Eve Tahmincioglu
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Eve Tahmincioglu is the director of communications for the Families and Work Institute. She also writes a blog at, and she's a regular contributor to where she writes about workplace issues. She has been covering workplace and labor issues for nearly 20 years and is author of "From the Sandbox to the Corner Office: Lessons Learned on the Journey to the Top".

She started out covering a host of labor issues at Women's Wear Daily and United Press International, and then was lucky enough to get the auto beat at the Wilmington News Journal where she kept on top of the ups and downs of Chrysler and General Motors auto plants. She went on to cover telecommunications and workplace for the St. Petersburg Times.

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Leaders Take Time Off for Children. What About the Rest of Us?

(0) Comments | Posted January 20, 2015 | 11:00 PM

When high profile dads take time off for family, or at least say that's the reason, a host of headlines typically follow. It's big news when a head honcho makes such a decision.

Case in point, Starbucks chief operating officer Troy Alstead. He plans to devote "the next year" to his...

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Surprise? CEO Encourages Women Not To Ask For Raise

(8) Comments | Posted October 10, 2014 | 12:16 PM

Why is everyone surprised that a CEO is discouraging people from asking for raises?

The goal of many of today's top executives is to keep costs down while enriching themselves. This has been the case for three decades now. They don't want to pay out raises.

The CEO of...

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The Working Mom-nivore's Dilemma: Home-Cooked Meals = Stress

(7) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 5:43 PM

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Last week was a good week in our household. My mom came to visit, so that meant there would be home-cooked meals on the table every night for my kids, meals I wouldn't feel pressured to...

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Working Moms Need Independence From Self-Criticism

(1) Comments | Posted July 7, 2014 | 11:49 AM

"I'm not sure they will say that I've been a good mom."

That's a statement from one of the most powerful business women in the world Indra Nooyi, the Chairman and CEO of PepsiCo and the mother of two daughters.

It's a bit disheartening, but it's also something working moms...

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Economic Security = Engaged Employees

(2) Comments | Posted April 3, 2014 | 10:56 AM

There are six components we've identified of an effective workplace, including everything from work-life fit to a climate of respect. But there's one that often gets overlooked -- economic security.

You can try and create the best place to work, but if your employees can't make ends meet those efforts...

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Sheryl Sandberg's Bossy Ban Is Bossy: So What?

(2) Comments | Posted March 12, 2014 | 6:21 PM


Something happened to Sheryl Sandberg that she says impacted her life.

She was called a "bossy girl," and she's now on a rampage, a bossy one at that, to eradicate the world of the word bossy.

But I think Sandberg may be...

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Stay-At-Home Spouse Myth

(6) Comments | Posted January 9, 2014 | 1:15 PM

My job is just too demanding, just too complex for me to manage without a spouse or significant other at home taking care of the house and kids. We can't both work and play meaningful roles at home.

There's a school of thought out there that two parents with high-powered...

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Work-Life Law May Be Coming to Your City

(1) Comments | Posted November 4, 2013 | 3:00 PM

Are you afraid to ask for flexible work arrangements to deal with family issues? Or do you think your employees aren't forthcoming about their work-life needs; and if they are, do you worry requests for alternative work schedules could impact the bottom line?

Discussions about using flexibility in order to...

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Hello Meg Whitman! Telecommuters Are Not the Problem

(60) Comments | Posted October 8, 2013 | 2:04 PM

2013-10-08-megwhitman_tcm_245_1403145.jpgNote to Meg Whitman, CEO of Hewlett Packard, who is reportedly reining in telecommuting at the tech company and wanting "all hands on deck":

"Problems with collaboration and innovation didn't begin with remote work, they have been with us since the beginning of the modern...

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Are Working Dads Stepping up at Home?

(4) Comments | Posted October 2, 2013 | 10:45 AM

"Half of the world's parents are men," says Brad Harrington, Executive Director, Center for Work & Family or Center for Work and Family and Associate Research Professor, Carroll School of Management, Boston College. "And yet, so often, men are so noticeably absent in terms of the conversations around work and...

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Hispters and Suits Are All Rethinking Work-Life

(0) Comments | Posted September 30, 2013 | 1:45 PM

I got to experience two workplace meetings recently that on the surface seemed like two very different orbits. One was held in a trendy loft in Manhattan where hipsters brought dogs and attendees ate cakes out of mason jars. The other was held in a standard corporate conference room where...

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Why Working Women Have More Regrets

(0) Comments | Posted March 11, 2013 | 4:45 PM

Regrets, I've had a few, but then again, to few to mention.

You've got to love Frank Sinatra's "My Way."

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The guy didn't regret a lot, and why should he? You live your life, make mistakes along the way, but in the end, you've got to leave regrets behind, right?

Not if you're a woman!

Regrets, we have a lot.

It seems we can't do anything right, and at every turn, especially lately, we're told we're either screwing up because we're letting our desire for a good family life stand in the way of our career success, or we're delusional to think we can have it all.

No matter what line we decide to accept, in the end, we could end up regretting it all.

One former top female executive shared her regrets in an opinion piece in the New York Times this past weekend.

"Sometimes young women tell me they admire what I've done. As they see it, I worked hard for 20 years and can now spend the next 20 focused on other things. But that is not balance. I do not wish that for anyone," wrote Erin Callan, the former CFO of now defunct Lehman Brothers.

Women are so consumed with regretting their work-life choices, or making other women regret their work-life choices, that they spend little time on regretting other important things, like making stupid business decisions while you were an executive at a company that ended up crashing and burning, and contributing to the biggest economic meltdown this country has ever seen. (Callan didn't mention that in her regret oped, as the astute reporter Matthew Cooper pointed out in his National Journal piece today.)

On the flip side, my mother recently told me she had regrets that she focused so much on children and family and very little on herself and her career.

Women can't get a break in this country, or anywhere else in the world, my mother said when I asked her about why women on both sides of the spectrum have regrets.

Women, she said, "have a lot of responsibilities and we're responsible people. Men don't think about all these things, they just think about their koukou." (This means penis if you couldn't figure that out.)

OK, she added, not all men are like that, but women just put the weight of the world on their shoulders. Men tend not to, she stressed.

So I suppose in the end we can't win this work-life game. If we accept that we may have fewer regrets and just say "I did it my...

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Unfortunate Unflexing of U.S. Workplaces

(14) Comments | Posted February 25, 2013 | 2:38 PM

What do you call the process by which an employer who offered flexible work arrangements to employees for years suddenly decides to retrograde flexibility?


I decided to give it a name because it seems to be a small but growing trend in Corporate America. First Bank...

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Quest for Work-Life Fit Isn't Self-Indulgent!

(1) Comments | Posted February 20, 2013 | 5:03 PM

Of all the reasons given about why U.S. workplaces shouldn't worry about work-life issues, this one is probably the most simpleminded one I've heard in a while:

Being a workaholic is good for your career and life.

Yes, a Harvard Business Review article last week titled "Embrace...

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2013 Will Be the Year of the Working Man

(0) Comments | Posted January 9, 2013 | 4:47 PM

When so many of us think about work-life issues the image that often comes to mind is that of a working mother. Well, 2013 will hopefully see an end to that as more and more working men start fighting for their own piece of the work-life pie.

That according to...

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Improving Low-Wage Work

(5) Comments | Posted December 5, 2012 | 4:49 PM

In recent weeks, we've seen many firsts when it comes to the battle for better paying jobs, everything from national protests outside of Walmarts during Black Friday, to fast food employees in New York City walking off the job demanding better pay.

Despite the clear national interest, low-wage jobs were...

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Sandy's Impact on the Flexible Workplace

(0) Comments | Posted November 1, 2012 | 5:10 PM

I posted this comment about the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy on Facebook this week:

Power is on again but no way to get to office in NYC. Can you say, "workflex"?

In response, I got a thought-provoking...

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Hillary Clinton: Work-life Is Not Just a Women's Issue

(4) Comments | Posted October 31, 2012 | 2:46 PM

Shape and sustain a peaceful, prosperous, just, and democratic world and foster conditions for stability and progress for the benefit of the American people and people everywhere.

This is the U.S. Department of State's mission statement. With such a bold mission you'd think employees at the agency have to focus...

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Senate: Women are worth less

(8) Comments | Posted November 17, 2010 | 6:15 PM

pay.jpgIt's no surprise a pay equity bill got voted down yesterday. Women wanting equal pay is now seen as just an obsession, like needing a new pair of stilettos.

A Wall Street Journal op-ed earlier this week bashed the Paycheck Fairness Act that...

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CEOs, Horny or Otherwise, Get too Many Breaks

(1) Comments | Posted September 6, 2010 | 11:10 PM

Job applicants with a bad history are typically screwed. If there's information out there about your negative financial background, your crummy criminal background, or your salacious sexual background, you're going to find it hard to find a job.

Unless you're a CEO.

The president of Oracle, Charles Phillips, who...

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