Women face multiple disadvantages in the workforce. Economic and societal restrictions keep women from reaching the higher rungs of the business world. While that is changing it's hard to navigate the road, but there are lots of great resources for women in business to take advantage of and learn from. Here is a collection of books, videos, and articles for those looking for knowledge on how to get ahead. No matter how much time you have to spare, there's something here for you!

Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

Amazon

Sheryl Sandberg

Sandberg is the chief operating officer of Facebook who gave a great Ted talk called "Why We Have Too Few Women Leaders" about how women unintentionally hold themselves back in their careers. This talk inspired this continuation of the conversation with personal anecdotes, straightforward data and research, and the voice of a powerful woman. This book is a mixture of practical advice for negotiation and building your career. Sandberg talks about her journey and what women can do to combine a great personal and professional life, and how men can support women both at work and at home. She has even more Ted talks and books for you to check out.

Sex Differences in the Perceived Dominance and Prestige of Women With and Without Cosmetics

@malvestida

Viktoria R. Mileva, Alex L. Jones, Richard Russell, Anthony C. Little

Could how you wear your makeup be affecting whether or not you're getting ahead? Actually yeah. Women who wear the right amount of cosmetics are associated with higher status and higher paying jobs. This scientific study breaks down how men and women rated images of women wearing cosmetics and how that would affect them in the business world. There is a surprising amount of information on the topic and a lot of different scientific studies. If you want to learn more about them check out our article Could Your Makeup Be Affecting Your Career?

Own It: The Power of Women at Work Hardcover

Amazon

Sallie Krawcheck

Are you looking for a business pep talk? Krawcheck's powerful book is a feminist business manifesto. Stop doing things the men's way and start doing it your way. When we take advantage of our own natural power we can forge new paths, find companies that respect our worth, and learn to "invest our economic muscle". As a longstanding witness to the boys club of business Krawcheck's personal story is informative and inspiring.

Can We "Have It All"

Anne-Marie Slaughter

Public policy expert Slaughter talks about her 2012 article "Why Women Still Can't Have It All" and expands upon her ideas. She talks about shifts in work culture, public policy, and social mores that can benefit everyone on the road to gender equality. If you have the time to read her original article from The Atlantic I recommend that you do! She talks about her experiences working in the White House doing important work, and how divided she felt. Slaughter firmly believes we can have it all but the way our economy and society are structured are holding us back.

Women in Business- Entirely Unremarkable

Kirsten Hall

In this ted talk Kirsten Hall poses the question, what happens if you stop celebrating women in business just for being women in business? Would that help reduce the idea that it's unique or strange so that we could all work towards it being the new normal? As more and more women achieve higher ranks in industries around the world it is time for these women to not be remarkable just for their gender.

I hope you find something to help inspire and guide you towards your best career path.

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Over two years into the most momentous event in our lives the world has changed forever … Some of us have PTSD from being locked up at home, some are living like everything’s going to end tomorrow, and the rest of us are merely trying to get by. When the pandemic hit we entered a perpetual state of vulnerability, but now we’re supposed to return to normal and just get on with our lives.

What does that mean? Packed bars, concerts, and grocery shopping without a mask feel totally strange. We got used to having more rules over our everyday life, considering if we really had to go out or keeping Zooming from our living rooms in threadbare pajama bottoms.

The work-from-home culture changed it all. Initially, companies were skeptical about letting employees work remotely, automatically assuming work output would fall and so would the quality. To the contrary, since March of 2020 productivity has risen by 47%, which says it all. Employees can work from home and still deliver results.

There are a number of reasons why everyone loves the work from home culture. We gained hours weekly that were wasted on public transport, people saved a ton of money, and could work from anywhere in the world. Then there were the obvious reasons like wearing sweats or loungewear all week long and having your pets close by. Come on, whose cat hasn’t done a tap dance on your keyboard in the middle of that All Hands Call!

Working from home grants the freedom to decorate your ‘office’ any way you want. But then people needed a change of environment. Companies began requesting their employees' RTO, thus generating the Hybrid Work Model — a blend of in-person and virtual work arrangements. Prior to 2020, about 20% of employees worked from home, but in the midst of the pandemic, it exploded to around 70%.

Although the number of people working from home increased and people enjoyed their flexibility, politicians started calling for a harder RTW policy. President Joe Biden urges us with, “It’s time for Americans to get back to work and fill our great downtowns again.”

While Boris Johnson said, “Mother Nature does not like working from home.'' It wasn’t surprising that politicians wanted people back at their desks due to the financial impact of working from the office. According to a report in the BBC, US workers spent between $2,000 - $5,000 each year on transport to work before the pandemic.

That’s where the problem lies. The majority of us stopped planning for public transport, takeaway coffee, and fresh work-appropriate outfits. We must reconsider these things now, and our wallets are paying

the price. Gas costs are at an all-time high, making public transport increase their fees; food and clothes are all on a steep incline. A simple iced latte from Dunkin’ went from $3.70 to $3.99 (which doesn’t seem like much but 2-3 coffees a day with the extra flavors and shots add up to a lot), while sandwiches soared by 14% and salads by 11%.

This contributes to the pressure employees feel about heading into the office. Remote work may have begun as a safety measure, but it’s now a savings measure for employees around the world.

Bloomberg are offering its US staff a $75 daily commuting stipend that they can spend however they want. And other companies are doing the best they can. This still lends credence to ‘the great resignation.’ Initially starting with the retail, food service, and hospitality sectors which were hard hit during the pandemic, it has since spread to other industries. By September 2021, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 4.4 million resignations.

That’s where the most critical question lies…work from home, work from the office or stick to this new hybrid world culture?

Borris Johnson thinks, “We need to get back into the habit of getting into the office.” Because his experience of working from home “is you spend an awful lot of time making another cup of coffee and then, you know, getting up, walking very slowly to the fridge, hacking off a small piece of cheese, then walking very slowly back to your laptop and then forgetting what it was you’re doing.”

While New York City Mayor Eric Adams says you “can't stay home in your pajamas all day."

In the end, does it really matter where we work if efficiency and productivity are great? We’ve proven that companies can trust us to achieve the same results — or better! — and on time with this hybrid model. Employees can be more flexible, which boosts satisfaction, improves both productivity and retention, and improves diversity in the workplace because corporations can hire through the US and indeed all over the world.

We’ve seen companies make this work in many ways, through virtual lunches, breakout rooms, paint and prosecco parties, and — the most popular — trivia nights.

As much as we strive for normalcy, the last two years cannot simply be erased. So instead of wiping out this era, it's time to embrace the change and find the right world culture for you.

What would get you into the office? Free lunch? A gym membership? Permission to hang out with your dog? Some employers are trying just that.

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Did you hear about the Great Resignation? It isn’t over. Just over two years of pandemic living, many offices are finally returning to full-time or hybrid experiences. This is causing employees to totally reconsider their positions.

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