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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
  • The Jobs Gap: Why the Uncontrolled Gender Pay Gap Is Worse Than 78 Cents on the Dollar

    On the surface, PayScale's latest report on the gender pay gap seems like good news: when controlled for factors like job title, experience, and education, the data show that women currently earn 97 cents for every dollar a man earns. That 2.7 percent gap isn't the 0.0 percent we'd like, but it's a lot better than the 78-cents-on-the-dollar figure we often hear reported. But, if we look at the uncontrolled data, and compare all working women's earnings to those of all working men, the gap gets significantly larger – 74 cents to the dollar, for a gap of 25.6 percent.
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  • Is the Gender Pay Gap a Myth? 3 Highlights From PayScale's Reddit AMA

    Earlier today, PayScale did a Reddit AMA to discuss its latest report, Inside the Gender Pay Gap. Hosted by PayScale's Vice President of Data Analytics and Lead Economist Katie Bardaro, Senior Director of Editorial and Marketing Lydia Frank, Senior Managing Editor Aubrey Bach, and Lead Data Analyst and Data Visualization Specialist Gina Bremer, the AMA addressed everyone's most pressing questions about the gender pay gap – including the ever-popular, "Isn't the gender pay gap a myth?"
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  • PayScale's Reddit AMA: Inside the Gender Pay Gap

    We often hear the statistic that women make 78 cents for every dollar a man earns, but is that number accurate, and if so, does it tell the whole story? On Tuesday, November 17, at 10:30 a.m. PST (and 1:30 p.m. EST), PayScale will do a Reddit AMA to discuss the gender pay gap. We'll answer all your questions about why women still earn less than men in every industry, and what can be done to fix the problem. Read on for details about how to attend our latest Reddit AMA, and ask our compensation experts anything.
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  • PayScale's VIP Blog Roundup: Is Oversharing Hurting Your Career?

    It's a catch-22: in order to build a successful career in the 21st century, you need a personal brand. In order to build a personal brand, you need to participate in social media. But, the easiest way to tank said personal brand, and possibly your career as well, is to say something dumb online – which is, of course, easy to do, thanks to social media. This week's roundup looks at how to manage the urge to say just a little too much online; plus, how to get noticed for the good stuff, not the bad, and 29 questions to answer to discover the real you.
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  • Why Do Married Moms Make Less Than Married Dads?

    The largest gender pay gap, according to PayScale's latest report, is between married women with children and married men with children. This is true whether you look at uncontrolled data, or controlled data that accounts for job type, education, management responsibilities, and location, and so on. It's that controlled data that tells the real story. Generally, when we talk about why women earn less than men, we attribute the discrepancy, at least in part, to the idea that women are more likely to prioritize family over work. But, respondents to PayScale's survey, which forms the basis for the report, told us a very different story.
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  • The 5 Best Cities for Veterans

    Veterans make up about 7.5 percent of the workforce in the U.S., and have an unemployment rate of 3.9 percent, according to last month's report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics – more than a full percentage point lower than the 5 percent unemployment rate for the country as a whole. In fact, last month's data reflects a seven-year low for veterans' unemployment. But not all U.S. cities are created equal, when it comes to employment opportunities and quality of life for veterans.
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  • Salesforce Commits to Closing Gender Pay Gap ... to the Tune of $3M

    Earlier this year, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff told The Huffington Post that he would examine the pay of all 16,000 employees at the cloud computing company, with the ultimate goal of eradicating the gender pay gap at the organization. He anticipated that the process would take a few years. Last week, while addressing the Fortune Global Forum, Benioff announced that his company had closed the gap, at least as far as role-to-role parity is concerned, in just six months. Estimated cost? $3 million dollars.
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  • PayScale's VIP Blog Roundup: The Soft Skill You Can't Afford to Neglect

    What makes a successful career? If you've read a few articles on career development before, you probably said education, or a good network, or developing whatever skillset is expected of people in your industry. But there's one thing you're probably forgetting. Learn about the soft skill you need to work on, plus how to do your homework for an interview and how to get your totally disengaged co-worker to give you that information you need, in this week's roundup.
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  • BLS Jobs Report: 271,000 Jobs Added, Unemployment at 5 Percent

    The Employment Situation Summary for October far surpassed economists' predictions, showing the addition of 271,000 jobs to public and private payrolls. Prior to this morning's release from the labor department, economists polled by Reuters forecasted gains of 180,000 jobs. The unemployment rate was "essentially unchanged" at 5 percent.
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  • PayScale's Latest Report Shows That the Gender Pay Gap Is Real

    Look at PayScale's Gender Pay Gap report, and one thing will stand out right away: women still earn less than men. There's no industry in which women earn as much or more than men, even after controlling for factors like years of experience, skills, education, and company size. So, while the controlled gender pay gap of 2.7 percent, or 97 cents on the dollar, is smaller than the stats you usually hear – 78 cents for every dollar a man earns, for example, according to the White House – it still represents a real disparity in pay, and one that can't be explained away by choice of occupation or the experience lost due to time out to care for children.
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