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Beth Taylor

Beth Taylor started writing the UnderCover Waitress blog in 2011 and joined the PayScale blogging team in 2013. Her main areas of focus are on employee and labor laws as well as the psychology behind behavior at work. She is currently a graduate student in Clinical Psychology looking forward to graduation in 2015.

Website: www.undercoverwaitress.com

Most Recent Posts by Beth Taylor
  • Smiling May Cost You the Job

    Just when you thought you had job interview body language down -- look squarely in the hiring manager's eyes, give a firm handshake, and smile, smile, smile! -- the latest research indicates that showing your pearly whites might actually work against you.
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  • How to Make Useful Decisions About Everyday Work Problems

    We all have to make tough decisions sometimes. Depending upon your role and level in your organization, you may be faced with difficult choices regarding hiring and firing other people, or setting budgets, or crafting policies that affect everyone's experience at work. Often enough, somebody affected by your decisions won't like them. The solution? Learn when to focus on utilitarian decision-making, and you'll be able to make better choices.
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  • Put 2 Narcissists Together to Boost Group Creativity

    It may seem counterintuitive to build teams that include multiple people with narcissistic personality traits; these folks tend to want to be the center of attention and in charge. However, if you want to spur creative thinking and problem-solving in the workplace, this is exactly what you should do.
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  • Get the Most Out of Overqualified Workers

    Many managers fear that overqualified workers will be unproductive, due to boredom or a sense that the job is beneath them. There is also concern that they might find something better and quit. For these reasons, we often don't even consider hiring employees who look like they'd be better suited to a higher-level position. Here's why that's a mistake.
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  • Independent Contractors: Are You Secretly an Employee?

    There are rules governing whether employers may classify workers as employees or independent contractors. Sometimes people are hired (or contracted) as one type of worker, when their work fits the definition of the other. Here is how you can tell if your legal status matches the work you do.
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  • The Pros and Cons of Unions Today

    The labor movement has given the American worker benefits that today are often taken for granted, such as overtime laws, child labor laws, and minimum wages. The right to bargain collectively gives employees the power to demand reasonable treatment without the threat of being replaced by somebody less noisy. However, unions are far from perfect.
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  • How to Get the Job When You Are Overqualified

    Sometimes, the job interview process feels like damned if you do, damned if you don't. You make a point of educating yourself, developing skills, and applying for jobs that in your area of expertise. Then you hear it: "you're overqualified." Understand why employers think this is a bad thing, and be ready to make your case in your next job interview.
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  • Choose Your Company Culture Wisely

    Corporate culture affects employee behavior. This goes far beyond working hard to get something turned in because your boss wants it yesterday. People's ethical and personal decisions are based in part upon the values of the organization that employs them. Therefore, consider the culture of a company before you accept a job.
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  • When It Comes to Paid Maternity Leave, the US Is Not a Developed Nation

    The arguments over whether companies can afford to offer paid maternity leave go on, but the evidence that what is good for working families is also good for business continues to stack up. In addition to the experience of businesses who do offer paid leave, we must consider that the U.S. is alone as a developed nation that does not mandate paid parental leave. And yet, the other countries are not bankrupt.
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  • How to Rebound From Setbacks at Work

    Life is not linear, and as we work toward goals, we seldom move forward in a straight line. Sometimes, we end up making a choice or taking a path we did not expect, and sometimes, we make mistakes. Here's how to learn from those mistakes and rebound at work.
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