Do You Have Anxiety On The Job? Here’s How To Overcome It

Originally Published in ForbesAshley Stahl

Workplace anxieties are more prevalent than most people realize, and left unchecked, it can take over your life. Anxiety disorders affect 40 million Americans, but only one third actually receive treatment. Anxiety permeates into the work lives of many who suffer from it. It has a negative impact your health, can cause you to develop chronic health conditions, and it can affect your work productivity and damage your relationship with your co-workers. It can also cripple your career. I’ve written before about my client, Shanelle, who actually asked for a demotion and a pay cut because she didn’t feel she was good enough for her position, even though she was receiving positive feedback regularly from her superiors. Shanelle’s self-sabotage is a perfect example of how … Read More

Here’s Why Employers Should Adopt Amazon’s 30-Hour Workweek

Originally Published in ForbesAshley Stahl

Burnout is a topic that comes up often in my line of work.So many clients come to me desperate to escape jobs that have gradually consumed their entire lives. It’s not a pretty sight, and it’s a no-win situation for all parties— the cost of burnout is steep for employees and employers both. So I was fascinated when Amazon recently announced their new 30-hour workweek initiative. According to press releases, Amazon intends to test the program with a small group from the HR team first. The program allows employees to work 30 hours per week for 75% of their salary but retain full benefits. Employees in the program have flexibility built into their schedules: they work core hours of 10 am to 2 pm, Monday to … Read More

New Studies Show That The Gender Pay Gap Is Improving

Originally Published in ForbesAshley Stahl

Anyone who knows me knows I love a good salary negotiation. For some of my clients, though, it’s the hardest part of their job search. But when done properly, it pays. Literally. A strong salary negotiation is especially important for women, who still earn less than men for doing the same work. Here are six surprising statistics from a recent study about the gender pay gap that can help you understand your worth in the workplace and empower you to demand the pay that you deserve. 1. There are a few fields where women make more than men. While a gender pay gap still exists overall (women made 79 cents on a dollar of what men made in 2015), there are some industries where women do better than … Read More

Here’s Why It’s Time For You To Start Freelancing

Originally Published in ForbesAshley Stahl

Depending upon the circumstances, sometimes I’ll suggest to my clients that they explore freelance work. All too often, the response I get is, “What?!? Are you crazy?” One client—we’ll call her Sally—nearly had a heart attack. “Are you kidding me? I need a regular paycheck! How would I find work? What if I couldn’t find enough work? How would I pay my bills? And what about benefits?” Slow down, Sally! While there are certainly some downsides to freelance work, there are also a lot of misconceptions. It’s not for everyone, but the reality is that it can be the perfect career move for some professionals, depending on a variety of factors. And there are a ton of perks—making your own schedule, cherry-picking clients, and being your … Read More