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The overachiever in me wants to go for that next step in my career.  It only seems natural to keep climbing, but then I think about everything that’s going on in my life, and I realize that I don’t want to climb up that next rung on the corporate ladder. I currently aspire to middle management or lower, as some horizontal or downward move may make it easier to balance kids, life, and work.  I’m also open to learning new things, which is one of the reasons why I started blogging.  And I hope I never stop learning and growing both professionally and personally.  At some point in my career, I may want to go for that next step up, but for now I’ll be okay right where I am.

In staying around the same level, I hope to break out of the standard office time rules, while still meeting my objectives. There are some companies like Capitol One and Best Buy that are already offering more flexibility and opportunities to work from home without compromising results.  In fact, productivity and profitability have increased.  Womenomics by Claire Shipman and Katty Kay includes hard facts on these companies, research on the importance of women in the workforce, and numerous stories on how different women found ways to balance it all. For anyone looking for some encouragement, Womenomics is a  “Go Mama O” approved read!

A compelling concept that Womenomics highlighted was Results-Only Work Environment, (ROWE). I like to summarize this concept as just get the work done well, and we don’t care where you choose to work.  Cali Ressler and Jody Thompson successfully implemented this management strategy at Best Buy and elsewhere to reduce turnover and increase productivity.  Check out their site for several impressive case studies.  All I can say is I hope ROWE is a growing trend that has already arrived or is coming soon to companies near me!  After all doesn’t everyone – not just moms – want more flexibility in their lives?

For more about ROWE, check out this blog post from Momsrising.