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The Custom-Fit Workplace: Choose When, Where, and How to Work and Boost Your Bottom Line by Nanette Fondas, Joan Blades

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Chapter 5. OFF-RAMPS AND ON-RAMPS: Job and Career Lane Changes

Naima was finance manager at a start-up Internet retailer that had established its niche. After leaving the buttoned-up atmosphere of a large auditing firm, she found the electricity and excitement of the successful start-up infectious and alluring. The work involved frequent long hours and intense deadlines, but it was stimulating and paid well with salary and stock options. Naima took eight weeks off when her first child, a girl, was born, then started her daughter in day care and went back to work. Before she returned, she had negotiated a part-time schedule with her immediate boss, whom she found to be very supportive of her choice to work reduced hours. But after a couple of years, ...

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