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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
  • The 5 Best States for Working Moms [infographic]

    American working moms have it tough, no matter where they live. The U.S. lags behind every other developed nation when it comes to maternity leave. The United States has no federally mandated paid leave, and the Family and Medical Leave Act provides only 12 weeks of unpaid leave for qualified workers. Work for a company with fewer than 50 employees, or find yourself pregnant at a new job, and you might be out of luck. At the state level, however, some places are easier for working moms to call home than others.
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  • #MondayMotivation: 5 Ways to Get Stuff Done, When You'd Rather Not

    As the toughest day of the week draws to a close, are you having trouble making progress on your to-do list? You don't need to pack up for the day with a sense of failure. In the hours you have left, these tricks can help you get enough done to start Tuesday off with a sense of accomplishment instead of dread.
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  • Thinking About Quitting Your Job? Ask Yourself These 5 Questions First

    The economy is getting better, but good jobs still aren't exactly growing on trees. Even in a red-hot economy, it's always better to have another gig lined up before taking the leap – worst-case scenario, it'll keep you from starving, and best-case scenario, it'll make sure that you're moving into a role that will satisfy you, not just running as fast you can from a job you hate. Sometimes, however, you have to make a leap. The goal in that situation is to make sure that you've thought it through before you make an irrevocable decision – and to cushion your landing before you jump.
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  • PayScale's VIP Blog Roundup: Can I Speak Up About Super-Long Meetings?

    If you complained every time something got on your nerves at work, you'd be at the top of the annoyance list for most of your co-workers. But, what about when the irritation is a genuine productivity-suck, like long meetings? Sometimes, then, you can speak up – but not all the time. This week's roundup includes advice on knowing when to say something and when to stay quiet, plus how to get more followers on your blog, and how to prevent excuses from derailing your career.
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  • The 5 Best Jobs for College Students

    Attending college is astronomically expensive. Gone are the days when you could work part-time and over the summers, and come away with enough money to float your tuition and fees out-of-pocket. Still, even if you're paying for your education with loans and grants, extra money comes in handy when you're in school. The challenge is to find jobs that line your pockets without interfering with your studies. As part of PayScale's data report, The Best Jobs for You, we looked at a few of the best part-time jobs for people who don't yet have a degree, but are working toward one.
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  • Zappos Goes Manager-Free, Employees Leave in Droves

    If you've ever had a bad boss, you've probably fantasized about a working life without managers. How much would you get done, if you didn't have to deal with the politics, the inane requests, the useless meetings designed to further their goals at the expense of your own? But before you ponder making a leap to a company with a flatter management structure, keep this in mind: Zappos, the online shoe retailer known for speedy delivery and top-notch customer service, just made the move to a manager-free structure – and nearly 14 percent of employees liked the idea so much, they took a buyout instead.
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  • Introducing Workplace Wonk, PayScale's Weekly Career News Show

    What are the hottest career news story of the week – or at least, the ones that mean the most to your career? If you're drowning in headlines and don't have time to click every one, tune into PayScale's new weekly career news show, Workplace Wonk, starring PayScale's Managing Editor, Aubrey Bach. As the Workplace Wonk, she'll tell you which stories got the most attention from recent readers, plus offer insight into how they can affect you and your job.
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  • 3 Pieces of Career Advice From Famous Mothers, on Mother's Day

    To paraphrase Mark Twain, when you're a kid, your mother doesn't know anything – but it's surprising how wise she gets, as you grow older yourself. No wonder, then, that many of us grown-up "kids" turn to dear old Mom when the going gets tough. Here, in honor of Mother's Day, we present some of the best career advice famous moms have to offer.
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  • PayScale's VIP Blog Roundup: How to Deal With Being Embarrassed at Work

    If you've never made a mistake at work, the saying goes, you're not working hard enough. But, that's small consolation when your face is red and you're stammering out an apology to your boss or client or co-worker. In this week's roundup, we look at what to do when you're embarrassed at your job – plus, how to find the right corporate culture for you, and how to steer an interview, without looking like you're embarking on a hostile takeover.
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  • BLS Jobs Report: 223,000 Jobs Added, Unemployment Falls to 5.4 Percent

    Economists predicted today's release from the Labor Department would should gains of 228,000 jobs last month, and a dip in the unemployment rate of one-tenth of a percent, and The Employment Situation Summary largely bore out their forecast. The economy added 223,000 jobs in April, and unemployment fell from 5.5 percent to 5.4 percent. The news wasn't entirely rosy, however: the Bureau of Labor Statistics also revised the previous month's numbers downward from 126,000 jobs to 85,000 jobs.
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