Hirsch in the News

Arlene has made numerous television and radio appearances as an expert on career and workplace issues, including ABC, CNBC, WBEZ, WGN, and Lifetime Medical Television. She has been widely quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Glamour and ELLE Magazine, among others. A popular guest speaker, Arlene has delivered presentations to the American Bar Association, American Medical Association, CABLE, International Association of Career Management Professionals, Society of Women Engineers, Women in Communications and many more organizations.  Find out more about publications by Arlene Hirsch.  Read more about Arlene Hirsch.

Arlene on the ProjectHR Podcast

In this interview, Arlene discusses:

  • The concerns and opportunities posed to employers by employee activism;
    How to prevent polarization in the workplace;
    The best ways for employers to respond to activism on-the-job; and
    The importance of creating a balance that supports company values while uplifting employees and respecting their opinions and freedoms!

Responding to Employee Activism

Arlene on CBS 2 (Chicago)

Watch Arlene interviewed on CBS 2 about the workplace signals that you are sending to your boss.

How to Give your Career a Reboot, chicagobusiness.com

New grad? Re-entering the workforce? Retired and bored? Laid off? Practical tips from Arlene Hirsch, career counselor and psychologist.  Click here to read more from  Chicago Business: How to give your career a reboot

“A New Career on the Road”, Tony Lee, CareerCast.Com

….For most dissatisfied employees, quitting a job to hit the road is the basis for great daydreams, but that’s as far as it gets. “People who have this fantasy usually want to escape something simple, such as office politics or a terrible boss,” says Arlene Hirsch, a Chicago career counselor and author of “Love Your Work and Success Will Follow.” “They’re not really ready to leave their spouse and kids for weeks at a time, or shift careers in such a dramatic way.”

But there are ways to fulfill your need to travel without turning your career on its head. “First, try to negotiate for more freedom in your current job,” says Ms. Hirsch. Options include taking over a distant account that requires frequent visits, or attending trade conferences that had been handled by others. “If you can’t toss convention to the wind, it’s a realistic compromise,” she says.

…If you can’t find an alternative to jumping ship, be ready to piece together a new career that provides the travel time you seek. “Test the waters by starting a business on the side,” says Ms. Hirsch. Use weekends and vacations to fly or drive to clients, until growth in your side business forces you to quit you full-time job. This approach minimizes risk while ensuring that you’re ready for a life of motel rooms and fast food.