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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 Real Ways to Honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at Work

    Starting in the mid-1950s, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s activism set the stage for desegregation, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, but we still haven't reached true equality in the United States, either in private or professional life. For example, African-American workers still earn less and have higher unemployment rates than white workers. But you can help to change that. Here's what you can plan to do at work, starting tomorrow, to honor Dr. King and further his legacy.
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  • Fair Pay and Healthcare: 4 Takeaways From the 4th Democratic Debate

    Watching the latest Democratic debate less than a week after the Republican debate, you're immediately struck by the differences between the two parties' events at this stage of the election cycle. It's not just the unsurprising fact that conservatives and liberals disagree on the major issues; it's that the Democrats, who have only three candidates vying for the nomination, have enough time to get into (slightly) more in-depth discussions about their proposals. Barring that, they've at least got more room, both metaphorically and physically on the stage, to argue with one another.
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  • Jobs and Wage Growth in the 6th Top-Tier Republican Debate

    Last night's Republican debate in South Carolina started off with a question about jobs, and the economy and the job market dominated the discussion at many points during the night. Pretty much the only point all the candidates admit to agreeing on is that they disagree with President Obama's assertion, made in the State of the Union address earlier in the week, that the "United States of America, right now, has the strongest, most durable economy in the world."
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  • PayScale's VIP Blog Roundup: Insulted By Your Raise? Maybe Don't Yell at the Boss

    During a long enough career, most of us will wish for at least one do-over day, when mistakes and missteps are cancelled out and we get to start all over again. In this week's salary negotiation-themed blog roundup (in honor of PayScale's Salary Negotiation Guide!), we look at one Ask a Manager reader who's probably wishing for a mulligan, plus tips on what to do when your co-workers are paid more than you, and a few salary negotiation strategies you've probably never heard of before.
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  • PayScale's Latest Reddit AMA Will Answer Your Toughest Questions About Salary Negotiation

    It's the biggest question on every worker's mind: how can I make more money? Many would also like some expert input on how to negotiate salary without annoying the boss, losing a job offer, or just plain looking unprofessional. Well, January 19 is your lucky day. At 10:30 a.m. PST/1:30 p.m. ET, PayScale's salary negotiation experts will take on your toughest questions, plus outline some of the ongoing resources in our newly updated Salary Negotiation Guide. You won't want to miss it.
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  • PayScale's Salary Negotiation Guide: It's Time to Get the Salary You Deserve

    Seventy-five percent of people who ask for a raise get one, so why aren't you asking? If you're like many people, it's because you're afraid – 28 percent of respondents to PayScale's survey who didn't ask for more money said it was because they were uncomfortable negotiating salary, while 19 percent said they didn't want to be perceived as pushy. Eight percent were even scared they would lose their job. Most employers won't fire a worker for asking for a raise in a reasonable fashion, but knowing that might not help when you're in a panic. The best approach is to prepare for the salary negotiation discussion ahead of time, and make a plan – and PayScale's Salary Negotiation Guide is here to help.
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  • #BigBlockofCheeseDay: Jobs, the Gender Pay Gap, Family Leave, and More

    If you love cheese and you love politics, today is your day on Twitter. OK, fine, the cheese part is just a fun historical reference, wrapped up in a hashtag; Big Block of Cheese Day, first coined on the show The West Wing, dates back to an open house held by President Andrew Jackson in 1837. The reception was Jackson's last in office, and featured a 1,400-pound wheel of cheese and 10,000 guests from the general public. Today, of course, we don't need fromage and an open door to speak to our government directly – we just need Twitter. For the third year in a row, advisors like Vice President Biden and Secretary of Labor Tom Perez took to Twitter to answer the public's questions.
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  • #SOTU 2016: American Anxiety, the Changing Economy, and Your Career

    "Anyone claiming that America's economy is in decline is peddling fiction," President Obama said in his last State of the Union Address on Tuesday night. "Now, what is true – and the reason that a lot of Americans feel anxious – is that the economy has been changing in profound ways, changes that started long before the Great Recession hit, changes that have not let up." If you've struggled to find momentum in your career in the last eight or nine years, or even just to stay employed, that won't come as a shock. The question is, what can be done to help American workers weather the change and adapt?
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  • 7 Excellent Pieces of Productivity Advice We're Probably Ignoring Right Now

    Ever hear the expression, "Know better, do better?" Despite originating from a pretty lovely Maya Angelou quote, in practice, this phrase has become one of the more teeth-grindingly superior ways for the good citizens of the internet to put each other down, whether the topic is career development or parenting. It's also, in its abbreviated form, unlikely to inspire people to embrace innovation. One thing, and possibly only one thing, is for sure when it comes to human behavior: knowing better definitely does not mean doing better. If it did, we'd all be experts at life and wizards of productivity by now. Let's admit that the true challenge is taking all the advice we've already received. Sometimes, we flat-out ignore the collective wisdom of efficiency experts, and we're not even sorry.
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  • #MondayMotivation: 10 Tweets to Help You Fall Back in Love With Your Career

    Feeling a little blah about your job ... or possibly your entire career path? It's possible, of course, that you just have a case of the Mondays, but it's also possible that your post-weekend malaise is a sign that you deserve something better than a job you dread. If you're stuck, these #MondayMotivation tweets might help you reconnect with what once excited you about what you do for a living.
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