Around the Watercooler

Want to commiserate about the Monday back to work blues or get tips on scheduling playdates from your desk? This is the place to quench your thirst for all things work/life related. Watercooler's editorial host is Jennifer Sey, the VP of global marketing for Dockers. She is joined by Vicki Larson, a journalist and single mom who writes at The OMG Chronicles Denise Berger, the global leader of the Women’s International Network (WIN) at Aon Corporation; and Kerry Rivera, a real mom from the "O.C." who is the Marketing and Advertising Manager for Toyota.

Who is the Dog?? Am I the Dog?

Remember this scene in the all-time classic movie, When Harry Met Sally? Harry (Billy Crystal) metaphorically uses a dog to explain an error in their ways and Sally (Meg Ryan) promptly and indignantly responds with, "Who is the dog, Harry? I am? Am I the dog??" Well, I feel like Sally these days... more

Rescue Me.

“I've been saved ... by a woman/ She won't let me go/ She won't let me go now.” — “Trouble” by Ray Lamontagne ... “Some day my prince will come/ Some day we'll meet again/ And away to his castle we'll go/ To be happy forever I know.” — “Some Day My Prince Will Come” from “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves”

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Recession Behaviors – Will They Stick?

Reporters, economists, politicians … even a few businesses are starting to hint that the “Great Recession” might be coming to a close. Alleluia! Sure, unemployment is still at record highs, home prices are in the tank and consumer confidence is shaky, but there just might be a recovery on the horizon. more

When Cougars Hurt Their Cubs.

A long time ago, when I was a young girl of about 12 or so, the reality that my parents were sexual beings was thrust upon me quite unexpectedly — while I was in the kitchen setting the dinner table. more

Moms Mean Business.

I always thought I had a pretty nice relationship with my mom. Oh, sure, she can drive me crazy with her advice, her worrying, the newspaper clippings she mails me almost weekly with sentences or paragraphs underlined in red and decorated with exclamation points. more

15 Most Annoying Corporate Characters.

The question isn't whether or not we act like annoying jerks at work sometimes. If we're completely honest with ourselves, we all do – men, women, vice presidents, assistants. The question is: which kind of annoying jerk are we at work? more

A Not-So-Grand Slam.

There’s been a lot of hoopla in the world of mothers and athletes ever since tennis player Kim Clijsters — her husband and 18-month-old daughter watching — nabbed the U.S. Open, the first mom to win the grand slam title in 29 years. more

Kindergarten – Did We Make The Right Decision?

I believe as parents, no matter our differences, we generally agree on those big milestone moments in our children’s lives. First smile, first steps, first words, potty-training … you get the idea. more

Feel the Work-Life Integration Rhythm.

I recently attended my college reunion. I won’t say which one. Suffice to say, it was not my 5th or the 10th! Naturally, this event caused me to reflect on my younger days and, in particular, those where I was fresh in the workforce and life seemed…well, it was…simpler. more

Corporate Lingo.

I think the thing I dislike most about working in the corporate world is the lingo. Surprising right? It isn't the long hours, the politics, the lay offs, the existential pushing rock up hill over and over again to no avail...Nope. It's the lingo. more