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Jen Hubley Luckwaldt

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
  • 3 Sneaky Downsides of Working at Home (and How to Handle Them)

    Working at home can be a dream or a nightmare, depending on the job, your preferences, and the disposition of your colleagues. It's pretty easy to find guidelines to making a telecommuting situation a success: you know you need to keep your boss in the loop, for example, and make sure your co-workers can see that you're really working. But, what about those pitfalls that arise only once you're comfortably ensconced in your brand-new home office? Here's what you can expect.
  • We Are All the Urban Outfitters Employees Who Were Asked to Work for Free

    Last week, Gawker reported that URBN, the Philadelphia-based company that owns Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, and Free People, sent out a memo asking salaried workers to volunteer their weekend time, unpacking boxes during the October rush. But don't worry: the memo made it clear that this was a "team-building activity." Furthermore, lunch would be provided.
  • PayScale's VIP Blog Roundup: What Beyonce Can Teach You About Job Interviews

    If you've ever experienced stage fright before a job interview, you'll see the parallels between performing and interviewing for a new job. Unless you're someone who loves being the center of attention, however, you might not think of that as a positive thing. In this week's roundup, we look at why one expert takes job interview inspiration from Beyonce; plus, some insight into the "9-to-5" workday in 2015, and a love song to the to-do list.
  • LinkedIn Sent Your Friends Too Many Emails, and All You Got Was $1,500 (Maybe)

    Whether it's the canned kind or the sort that involves male enhancement products, spam is generally worthless – unless the spam in question came from LinkedIn, and arrived in your potential connections' inboxes repeatedly, with your name and without your consent. In that case, it might be worth a share of a recent $13 million settlement.
  • How to Recover From Embarrassment at Work

    Even if you're a pretty mellow person, you probably still have that cache of "ugh" moments stored in the back of your brain. Since most of us spend the bulk of our waking moments at work, it's not a surprise if a lot of them feature TPS reports and accidental CCs. No matter what it feels like, however, embarrassment isn't forever – or at least, it doesn't have to be.
  • 5 Salary Negotiation Lessons From Amy Schumer

    Unless you're a huge standup comedy nerd – the kind who can justifiably brag that you've seen everyone "before they were cool" – you probably hadn't heard of Amy Schumer as recently as five years ago. Today, Schumer's everywhere, winning an Emmy for her sketch show Inside Amy Schumer and writing and starring in Trainwreck, which was directed by Judd Apatow. Oh, and also: she just negotiated an $8 to $10 million book deal, after canceling an earlier deal for $1 million – as Vulture put it, like a boss.
  • How to Keep Your Helicopter Parents From Ruining Your Career

    Helicopter parents are usually the province of parenting blogs and editorials, not so much career blogs like ours. But, the micromanaging doesn't necessarily stop when kids are small – or even when they graduate from college and go out into the world to get a job. If your parents are the helicopter variety, you're probably kind of embarrassed and confused about how to get them to lay off and let you make your own decisions. Worse, you might find yourself without the kind of real-life skills it takes to build your career, manage your finances, and just plain survive. If this is you, don't despair. You can escape the meddling and become independent. Here's how.
  • PayScale's VIP Blog Roundup: 4 Leadership Lessons From Bond Villains

    Some of the world's greatest entrepreneurs and moguls have a faint whiff of Bond villain about them. Elon Musk is in on the joke to the point where he's been known to change his Twitter avatar to a Blofeld-esque photo of him petting a cat. So it's not as strange as it seems to look to the bad guys of the Bond films for a bit of career inspiration. This week's roundup also offers tips for working from home, and advice on how to keep your secret job search, well, a secret.
  • BLS Jobs Report: 142,000 Jobs Added, Unemployment Steady at 5.1 Percent

    For the second month in a row, the Employment Situation Summary came in under analysts' expectations. Prior to this morning's report from the labor department, economists polled by Reuters had predicted gains of 203,000 jobs in September. In addition, the Bureau of Labor Statistics revised last month's numbers downward to reflect 136,000 jobs added for August, instead of the 173,000 originally reported.
  • Men Nap at Work, Zone Out During Meetings More Than Women

    Unless you're a raving extrovert – or a manager who needs something to put on that annual review – you probably hate meetings. For the vast majority of office workers, they're essentially time away from the real work that makes up the bulk of our jobs. But a recent survey shows that men are more likely to respond to a boring meeting by doing something else entirely, whether it's check email, text, or play fantasy sports. Are women just super responsible, or what's going on?
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