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Winning Strategy

Our winning strategy for going to work after having a baby comes from A.D. in Boston, Mass.:

"Many women who've had a baby learn to do it all for themselves (especially divorced moms). So you learn to not rely on anyone. Unfortunately, the workplace doesn't function this way. People learn and help each other. So if you go back to work after a baby learn to network with people and to ask them for help and support. Don't get isolated, there are many people at work who will be willing to help you out, but only if you ask."

List of the Week

Who is sick here? … Who actually uses sick leave and why

      77 percent who fake an illness only do it on rare occasions.

      49 percent of those who use sick leave take it because they need a break.

      41 percent say their boss knew they really weren't sick.

      22 percent take sick leave to help a sick family member.

Source: Hudson Institute

Bob Rosner is a best-selling author, speaker and internationally syndicated columnist. His newest best seller, "GRAY MATTERS: The Workplace Survival Guide" (Wiley, 2004), is a business comic book that trades cynicism for solutions. Ask Bob a question: bob@workingwounded.com or http://graymattersbook.com.

ABCNEWS.com publishes a new Working Wounded column every Friday.

This work is the opinion of the columnist and in no way reflects the opinion of ABC News.

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