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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
  • 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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  • ADP Jobs Report: Private Sector Added 182,000 Jobs in October

    This morning's ADP National Employment Report showed the addition of 182,000 jobs to private payrolls last month, almost exactly as economists predicted. (Those polled by Reuters were looking for gains of 180,000 jobs.) However, last month's report was revised downward to 190,000 jobs from 200,000 jobs, and job creation has averaged 184,000 per month over the past three months. A year ago, gains averaged 263,000 for the same three-month period. Is job growth slowing?
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  • How to Apologize Without Looking Weak

    Imagine a world in which no one ever said sorry. If you pictured a society composed entirely of stodgy businessmen, frowning and adjusting their ties, it wouldn't be strange. The debate over whether or not to apologize will probably rage on for as long as there are corporations and leaders to run them. On the pro-apology side, you have experts who say being accountable is not only correct, but ultimately more productive; on the con side, you have the folks who feel that saying "I'm sorry" is tantamount to announcing weakness, possibly in front of the board. So who's right?
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  • Behold, the 5 Scariest Office Ghost Stories

    The office is full of horrors, most of them fairly mundane. There was the time that project fell apart ... as if through unseen forces. Or, the time your pens ... just disappeared. And who could forget the mysterious case of the co-worker who vanished ... overnight? OK, that last one was probably a layoff. But still! The office is a spooky place. It's no surprise that there are loads of scary stories out there that take place in an office. Some of them, like these, might genuinely keep you up at night.
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  • PayScale's VIP Blog Roundup: Is It Possible to Prepare Too Much for a Job Interview?

    Today in, "Apparently, You Just Can't Win," we have an Ask a Manager reader who was told by an HR person that her interview answers were just too perfect. Also in this week's roundup: the best careers for extroverts, and the three types of job interview questions and how answer them.
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  • 5 Last-Minute Halloween Costumes for the Office Party

    It's not like you meant to be the office party pooper. You're busy, and also the month got away from you a bit, and also the thought of venturing into a party store at this time of year fills you with terror more appropriate to the actual zombie apocalypse. Never fear: just because you don't have a Halloween costume at this very moment doesn't mean that you can't get one together by the time the cupcakes are served.
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  • When Job Hunting Turns You Into an Angry Neckbeard

    Job hunting is the worst, and anyone who says otherwise is probably one of those weirdos who love dating. It's a high-pressure situation, with a hefty dose of artificiality, and it demands that you display your best self in a very short period of time. Also, unlike the hunt for the perfect relationship, job searching has high stakes in the immediate future: most of us just do not have the wherewithal to bank the six months of expenses that financial experts tell us we should have. It's no wonder, then, that job seekers sometimes experience psychological fallout from their search, up to and including clinical depression. This makes it harder to get a job. It's difficult to put on a sunny face and look like a person hiring managers should consider when you're feeling, as one Redditor recent put it, "like an angry neckbeard."
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  • How to Get These 5 High-Paying Science Jobs

    Peruse PayScale's College Salary Report, and one thing will immediately become clear: if you are interested in a high-paying job, STEM is the way to go. Of course, picking your college major by salary potential alone is a bad idea. At best, you could wind up highly paid and bored with your life's work. At worst, well, don't forget the old George Carlin routine: "Somewhere in the world is the world's worst doctor. And what's truly terrifying is that someone has an appointment with him tomorrow morning." You do not want to be that doctor ... or engineer, or scientist. But, the good news is that choosing a major doesn't mean building an indelible blueprint for your future; there are, for example, tons of science majors who never set foot in a lab after graduation, and make good money.
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  • How to Add an Hour to Every Day: 5 Timesaving Tricks

    There aren't enough hours in the day. This would be true, even if you lived on Mars. Work expands to fill the time available, no matter how much time you have. At the same time, most of us aren't totally aware of how we're using time – or wasting it. With a few small changes, you can steal back an hour or so of your workday, every day, and use it on whatever you please. (Something non-work-related, ideally.)
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  • Got a Case of the Mondays? 10 #MondayMotivation Tweets to Snap You Out of It

    If perception determined reality, Monday would be as long as the other four days of the standard workweek, combined. Somehow, this is true even though few of us in this age of always-on mobile devices get to unplug for an entire weekend. The good news is that the very same technology that makes work-life balance so hard can also help us cheer each other on. Here's how one strategically deployed hashtag can get you back on track this Monday afternoon. (Or, at least provide you with a more pleasant distraction than your usual procrastination techniques.)
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