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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
  • Google Proposes 13 New Emojis for Gender Equality

    Take a look at your emojis for a moment. Can you find one that looks like a woman with a career? You won't find a businesswoman, a scientist, a doctor, or even a female graduate wearing a mortarboard. In fact, the recognizably female emojis are retrograde in the extreme: there's a bride, and a princess, and a dancer – just about the only one that could be representing a profession.

    Why is this important? Because emojis are everywhere, and far from being without impact on our professional lives, even if we never use them at work. The lack of female professional emoijis matters for the same reason that it matters that the average crowd scene in a movie is only 17 percent female; because if girls don't grow up seeing women succeeding in professional life, it's hard to imagine themselves doing the same. Now, four Google employees have proposed expanding emojis to include 13 new images – all depicting women working at jobs.

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  • #MondayMotivation: 10 Quotes About Conquering Procrastination

    Why do we procrastinate? It depends – not just on which expert you consult, but on the person doing the procrastinating. For some of us, there's a thrill in creating a time crunch, while for others, it's about fear of success or failure. We might even put things off in order to avoid having to make a decision, and in so doing, taking responsibility for our choices. The problem, of course, is that no choice is always secretly a choice.
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  • 5 Work-Related Superstitions That Are Holding You Back in Your Career

    Unless you're a Major League Baseball player, you probably don't readily admit to being a superstitious person – at least not at the office, where being sensible and making decisions based on data is part of projecting a professional image. But in reality, most of us do harbor at least one or two totally baseless beliefs. Sometimes, these are harmless (astrology lovers, we're looking at you) but sometimes, superstitions can keep you from achieving your goals. If you recognize any of these, use this Friday the 13th to engage in a little cognitive restructuring.
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  • PayScale's VIP Blog Roundup: Should You Ever Take a Low-Ball Salary Offer?

    You know you should negotiate salary, but sometimes it's hard to act on what you know. Other times, you do your best to drive up the offer, to no avail: it's either take the gig, and deal with the low pay, or stay put. (And if you're unemployed, that can be a particularly difficult option to contemplate.) This week's roundup looks at what one expert says about taking lower offers, plus how to tell when it's time to look for a new job, and a few hints that the hiring manager probably won't be extending a job offer.
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  • The 5 Best and 5 Worst States for Nurses

    If you're about to graduate from college and get your nursing license, you might be looking forward to starting your career with mixed feelings. On the one hand, nursing careers pay well and offer low rates of unemployment; on the other, getting started can be a struggle. It can be hard to get the minimum two or three years of experience that many employers look for in a new hire.

    With this in mind, WalletHub recently evaluated all 50 states and the District of Columbia to identify the best and worst states for nurses – especially new nurses – in the U.S.

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  • 5 Things You Don't Know About Nurses

    If your picture of nursing and nurses was formed by watching medical dramas on TV, you probably wouldn't recognize a real Registered Nurse. Actual nurses do not flirt with doctors, wear World War II-era nursing caps, or spend the bulk of their day fluffing pillows and providing refreshments. They're highly skilled and rigorously educated professionals, and if you're ever in the hospital, they're the part of the medical team that will be most involved, on a daily basis, in getting you on the road to recovery.
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  • 5 Ways to Be a More Respectful (and More Effective) Manager

    Unless Michael Scott is your management hero, you probably care more about getting results than getting your reports to like you. That's as it should be: it's too much to ask people to do what you tell them to do and validate you at the same time. But that doesn't mean that you should be indifferent to how your team feels. To be most effective, you need to build the kind of relationship where your people have trust in both your judgment and your discretion. Building respect should be one of your top priorities.
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  • 3 Things Your Receptionist Wants You to Know

    Today is National Receptionists' Day, and if you've forgotten it, your receptionist probably isn't all that surprised. It can be a thankless job, being the smiling, friendly face of the company – the first face, in fact, that clients, potential employees, delivery people, and anyone else who comes through that front door sees when they first interact with the organization. There's a lot your receptionist could tell you, if he or she weren't so discreet.
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  • These 10 States Have the Most Telecommuting Jobs

    If you have dreams of quitting your job, getting a telecommuting gig, and pulling up stakes to move to a remote cabin (albeit one with good Wifi), don't call the moving van just yet: work-from-home gigs are on the rise, but many of them have a location requirement – about 95 percent of telecommuting listings at FlexJobs are restricted to workers in certain states, according to the site. So, where you live can indeed affect your job options, even if you're limiting your search to work-from-home opportunities.
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  • Secret Deodorant Commercial: The Gender Pay Gap Still Makes Us Sweat

    Have you negotiated your salary lately? If you're female, and the answer is no, it's probably because you're afraid to talk about money with the boss – and that's not your fault. Research shows that women are more likely to pay a social penalty when they ask for what they deserve. But, of course, if you don't ask, you don't get. So what's an enterprising female professional to do?
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