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Jen Hubley Luckwaldt

Jen Hubley Luckwaldt writes about work-life balance, stress management, and other topics relating to what makes us happy at work. A full-time freelancer, she deals with stress by blurring the lines between life and work to the point where the two spheres are barely separate. The happiest day of her career was when scientists proved that looking at pictures of cute animals makes us more productive.

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Most Recent Posts by Jen Hubley Luckwaldt
  • PayScale's VIP Blog Roundup: Kill the Vocal Fry, Get the Job You Deserve?

    There's plenty of debate about whether or not vocal fry, that Kardashian-esque speaking affectation, is bad for you, professionally. Some experts claim that talking like a reality TV star will permanently cripple your career, while others note that even high-level financial executives now embrace the professional equivalent of baby talk. Regardless, having more awareness of and control over your public image is always a good thing. This week's roundup covers how to manage vocal fry, plus networking without feeling phony, and staying productive during the lazy days of summer.
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  • Key & Peele Asks, 'What If We Worshipped Teachers Like We Do Pro Athletes?'

    Imagine a world in which teachers are hired via a draft broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall, do commercials for major brands, and scoop up contracts worth tens of millions of dollars. Or, you know, just watch Key & Peele's latest sketch, TeachingCenter, which does it for you.
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  • These Are the 5 Least Meaningful Jobs (According to the People Who Do Them)

    Even if your job is just for the paycheck, and you get most of your joy and satisfaction after work hours are over, you probably don't want to work at a totally meaningless gig. After all, if you're going to spend at least a third of your life – and most of your waking hours during your workweek – at your job, it'd be nice if you got something out of it besides the means to pay the rent. If meaningful work is important to you, you'll want to take a look at PayScale's latest report, The Most and Least Meaningful Jobs – special emphasis on these jobs, which workers say are least likely to make the world a better place.
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  • What Does 'Job Meaning' Mean, Anyway?

    PayScale's latest report, The Most and Least Meaningful Jobs, looks at which occupations are described by workers as making the world a better place. The jobs that make the list probably won't come as a surprise – surgeon is on there, as is English teacher and clergy member – but that doesn't mean that every high-meaning job looks exactly the same.
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  • PayScale's VIP Blog Roundup: The Case of the Singing Employee

    What's the weirdest thing you've ever seen at the office? For one manager, it's probably the time a report pulled out a harmonica and started singing his status update. The question, of course: is that OK? And if not, how exactly do you tell your subordinate that this is not the opera episode of Mr. Rogers? All that, plus avoiding student mistakes, and how to accept a job offer the right way, in this week's roundup.
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  • These Jobs Make the World a Worse Place (Say the People Who Do Them)

    What did you want to be when you grew up? Chances are, it was along the lines of unicorn wrangler or astronaut/basketball player – just the sort of thing that's impossible find a major in, never mind a grownup job. That doesn't mean that all real jobs are boring or unsatisfying; during the compilation of PayScale's latest report, The Most and Least Meaningful Jobs, workers with titles as diverse as English teacher and chiropractor told us that their jobs made the world a better place. And then were the other folks, the ones whose jobs made them long for the days when "vet who specializes only in kittens" seemed like a reasonable career path.
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  • The Most and Least Meaningful Jobs

    Does your job make the world a better place? Some professions are more likely to answer "yes" to that question than others – and which ones might surprise you. PayScale's report, The Most and Least Meaningful Jobs, looks at which occupations have high meaning, and which make workers feel like their job is hurting the world more than helping. If you're thinking about changing careers, or just want to see how your job stacks up, this report is for you.
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  • Portland, Maine Accidentally Gives Tipped Workers a Raise

    Language matters, especially when it comes to legislation. Recently, we had proof of this when the Affordable Care Act nearly deflated thanks to an alternate interpretation of the phrase "established by the state." Now, city officials in Portland, Maine, find themselves in a similar bind: confusion over the language in a recent bill to raise the city's minimum wage to $10.10 an hour led city council to nearly double tipped workers' wages, from $3.75 to $6.35 an hour, as of January 1. The accidental raise was met with dismay from restaurant owners and delight from labor organizers. Both dismay and delight, however, might be short-lived.
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  • Sexual Orientation Discrimination Is Already Illegal, Rules EEOC

    This week, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ruled that discrimination against gay, lesbian, and bisexual workers violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The decision, dated July 15, resolved a complaint brought by an air traffic controller in Florida against Transportation Sec. Anthony Foxx, and expands antidiscrimination protection to workers who were previously unprotected under state law.
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  • PayScale's VIP Blog Roundup: What Teachers Really Do With Their 'Summers Off'

    If you're a professor, teacher, or grad student, you're probably sick of hearing people say that you get the summer off. But for non-academic types, it seems like a sweet deal. This week's blog roundup looks at why those summer months aren't as much fun for teachers as they are for students; plus, insight into why feedback is so hard on so many of us, and what to do to really drive your co-workers crazy (if that's your goal).
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