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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
  • Female Professor Negotiates, Then Loses, Job Offer

    Women routinely fail to negotiate starting salaries and benefits, out of fear that their future employers will think them greedy and rescind the job offer. Most of the time, experts tell us, there's nothing to worry about. And then, every so often, there's a story like this.

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  • 5 Tips for Managing People You Can't Stand

    Here's one thing to know for certain, when you become a manager: sooner or later, you're going to have manage someone you don't like, or at least, disagree with frequently. This would be true even if you got to hand-pick every single member of your team. The goal, then, is to learn how to manage all your reports -- even the ones that set your teeth on edge -- in a way that maximizes productivity and is fair to all involved.

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  • The Question That Helps You Build a Better LinkedIn Network

    When should you send someone a request to connect on LinkedIn? As the recent case of Kelly Blazek makes clear, it's not always so clear cut. Blazek responded to a blind connection request with what many felt was an inappropriate amount of fury, finishing her message with "don't ever write me again." On the other hand, as anyone who's ever weeded through an overflowing inbox on LinkedIn can attest, the sheer volume of requests from strangers can be overwhelming -- and worse, defeat the purpose of joining the network in the first place.

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  • Does Listening to Music Help or Hurt Productivity?

    If you want to start a fight at your next team meeting, just ask the group if they think listening to music helps them work better -- or totally kills their concentration. In no time at all, you'll have people lined up on two sides of the room, snapping their fingers and advancing on one another in a menacing fashion, like Sharks and Jets in button-down shirts.

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  • Happy Birthday, Internet! 10 Ways the World Wide Web Changed Jobs Forever

    Twenty-five years ago today, Sir Tim Berners-Lee wrote a paper that proposed the basic concept and structure of what we now know as the internet. Our personal and professional lives would never be the same.

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  • Job Hopping Is the New Normal

    Gone are the days when workers toiled for the same company from graduation until retirement, heading off into their golden years with a watch and a pension. Today's workforce changes jobs more often than ever: one survey found that at least 21 percent of full-time workers plan on changing their jobs in 2014. According to some experts, that's just fine.

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  • Want a Raise? Be a Man

    Men still earn more than women across the globe. Here in the U.S., the most recited figure is 77 cents for a woman, for every dollar earned by a man. In Sweden, the difference between male and female pay works out to be about 250,000 euros over the course of a lifetime. Kommunal, the country's largest union, teamed up with ad agency Volontaire to create a video to highlight the gender pay gap that still exists today, even in one of the most socially progressive countries in the world.

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  • How to Write an Email That Gets a Recruiter's Attention

    As the volume of communication increases, and technology makes it possible to scan and dismiss more emails than we'll ever open, getting a hiring manager's attention is harder than ever before. But there are a few things you can do to make sure your emails don't wind up in the discard pile -- or worse, the spam folder.

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  • Do Employers Still Care About Tattoos and Piercings?

    Many career counselors still tell their clients to avoid adding any body art they can't cover up for a job interview, but every time you see a news segment on a creative industry, half the people on the screen are covered in ink and flashing bits of metal. What gives?

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  • Women's Jobs Are Less Flexible Than Men's

    Why do women make less money than men? One theory has been that it's because they pursue careers that will allow them to opt out of the workforce for a few years to raise children, or else combine work and parenting by adopting a more flexible schedule. There's just one problem: a recent study found that women's jobs are less flexible, more poorly paid, and yes, more stressful than men's.

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