• When Can You Talk About Salary?
    Recently, Bradley Cooper made headlines when he stood up for fellow actor Jennifer Lawrence, who was paid significantly less than her male costars on a movie project. He pledged to start talking to his co-workers about what he was making, in an effort to help them negotiate better contracts, telling Reuters: "Usually you don't talk about the financial stuff, you have people. But you know what? It's time to start doing that." But for us lowly non-Hollywood types, talking about salary might be a bit more complicated.
  • How to Be Happier at Work in 2016
    Are you making New Year's resolutions this year? If you're still undecided, maybe this is the year to park those unrealistic fitness and nutrition goals, and concentrate on your career instead. After all, most of us spend the bulk of our waking hours at work, so we might as well be happy doing it. Plus, when it comes to your career, sometimes little things make a big difference. Here are five small changes that are easy to make and can make you happier and more successful in the coming year.
  • 4 Scientific Reasons Why Waiting Tables Is the Most Stressful Job Out There
    Most of the folks who have held a food server job during their lives will tell you that it can be a very stressful line of work. In fact, anyone who's ever worked with the general public, whether it be in a restaurant, a retail store, etc., will likely say the same. It's tough dealing with people, right? Well, yes, that's true. But, waiting tables comes with a lot of stresses that go far beyond just dealing with rude customers.
  • 4 Ways Impostor Syndrome Could Actually Be a Good Thing
    Impostor syndrome is a term used to describe the feeling of professional inadequacy (or even fakery) that exists despite evidence that indicates that the opposite is true. Generally, this "syndrome" is perceived to be a bad thing – as the name itself implies. But, is impostor syndrome all bad? Consider these four reasons why impostor syndrome might actually be a good thing.
  • Seriously, Do Not Shop at Work on Cyber Monday (But Since You're Going to, Here's How)
    This Cyber Monday, give yourself the gift of continued employment, and do not spend your day shopping from your desk. Before you roll your eyes and remind us that these deals wait for no one, consider: it's pretty hard to pay for those presents if you no longer have a job. That said, since you're probably going to do at least some online shopping today anyway, here's how to balance your consumer wants with your employment needs.
  • Survey: Over One-Third of Employers Required Some to Work on Thanksgiving
    Did you work this Thanksgiving? If so, you're not alone. Bloomberg BNA's 2015 Thanksgiving Holiday Practices Survey showed that 36 percent of companies asked at least some of their workers to clock in this holiday, up from 33 percent last year.
  • The Trouble With Performance Goals, and Why It's Not All On You
    Many companies ask their employees to select performance goals annually (or on some other timetable) and these goals help to organize the performance review discussion. Sometimes, managers create and assign the goals themselves, either with or without employee feedback. However, the truth is that setting, pursuing, and reviewing these goals can feel like a waste of time more than anything else. Why is that? Let's explore the problem with performance goals, and what you can to do make the experience a productive one.
  • Work-Life Balance Matters for Child-Free Folks, Too
    American opinions toward family and work are changing. Mothers are choosing to lean in, men are taking time off to rear their children, and some workers are choosing not to have kids at all. So why do we talk about work-life balance mostly in the context of raising a family and maintaining a career?
  • Religious Diversity in the Workplace: How to Be More Inclusive
    A recent survey by the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding showed that as workplaces are growing in size, they're also growing in social diversity. With diversity comes a responsibility to keep offices in an inclusive mode, not exclusive — even when it comes to personal beliefs, like religion. If you're flummoxed by your workplace's lack of understanding of religious differences, there are ways to start bridging that divide right now.
  • How to Not Be a Grinch at Work (When You're Tired of Christmas Already)
    As we slide into December, we resign ourselves to seeing signs of Christmas when we're in the mall, at the car dealership, or even just trying to watch a little TV. But when you're at work, it's sometimes hard to deal with all the "stuff" that comes with Christmas when you don't celebrate it yourself. Office courtesy goes both ways, and it should be possible to have an inclusive environment where some co-workers celebrate winter holidays and those who don't are still respected.
  • Have Trouble Saying No? Get Inspiration From These 5 Quotes
    It's good to lend a hand, especially at work. No one likes that co-worker who never helps anyone out. However, if you're too accommodating, you might find yourself without enough time to get your own work done. Boundaries are important, even necessary. You can't be productive if you don't have any time in which to produce.
  • PayScale's VIP Blog Roundup: Avoid These 4 Networking Mistakes at Your Holiday Parties
    During the holiday season, it's arguably easier to make strides toward your next job than it is to find time to do the one you've got. That's because of all the holiday parties, both work-related and non-, that abound during this time of year. There's no better place to do a little informal networking than a holiday party – that is, of course, as long as you've got your head in the game. In this week's roundup, we look at the common networking mistakes you should avoid, plus an argument against travel as a resume builder, and some good news for people who aren't naturally creative geniuses. (Hint: that's most of us, and it's OK.)
  • Would You Work Better Lying Down?
    A new company called Altwork thinks you need to recline to really concentrate at the computer. Their forthcoming Altwork Station is designed to allow you to sit, stand, recline, and more, but the nearly-$6,000 price tag might give you pause.
  • 6 Ways Gratitude Can Boost Your Career
    By far, Thanksgiving is America's favorite secular holiday. Who can argue with delicious food, quality time with family and friends, and (hopefully) a nice long weekend!? However, unless we take just a little time to fully engage with the thankfulness aspect of the holiday, we're really selling ourselves short.
  • Just What Does a 6-Figure Salary Get You?
    Once the definition of success, earning $100,000 or more per year doesn't automatically mean you've made it to easy street these days. As kids in the '80s (or earlier), we might have thought that amount was akin to a million dollars, but now, a six-figure income doesn't mean as much as it used to. What happened? Inflation, for one.
  • How to Get Your Ideal Holiday Schedule (or Close to It)
    There are few double-edged swords in American culture like the winter holiday season — which, it would seem, is on track to start in September within the next few years. It's a great time to see family, and an even better time to refine your "avoid political conversation" skills. The holidays are a great distraction from the weather, and a reason to hate snowstorms that keep you from getting to dinner on time. It's a great time to earn some extra cash, and the time of year that everyone wants off work. So how do you find the balance?
  • 5 Things Black Friday Workers Really Wish You Knew
    As an ode to our friends out there working in the trenches on Black Friday, I searched through the Reddit archives to find some of the best advice from those who are working or have worked on Black Friday. Everything from advice on standing in line to insights about beating on retail doors, and why it's not socially acceptable, awaits you in this post.
  • Should You Tip More at the Holidays?
    While many people still quibble about how much to tip their server at a waitress (psst, it's generally 15-20 percent for good to outstanding service) there's even more debate around what to tip at the year's end. Even if you don't celebrate a winter holiday, the end of the year is nigh, and your paper boy is coming around for his two dollars, plus tip.
  • Have You Used PayScale's Salary Survey to Negotiate a Raise? Let Us Know!
    Career experts continue to build their case for pay transparency, but as of today, most companies are not on board with showing employees how much their colleagues are making. To get a sense of whether your salary stacks up, you need inside information. That's where PayScale's Salary Survey comes in.
  • Why Mark Zuckerberg's 2-Month Paternity Leave Is Good News for Working Parents
    Recently, Mark Zuckerberg announced that he will take two months off after his wife Priscilla Chan gives birth. That shouldn't come as a shock: after all, Facebook, like many tech companies, offers a generous paid parental leave policy for both moms and dads. But in a country where paid paternity leave is rare – only 13 percent of dads who took leave after their children arrived received pay, compared to 21 percent of moms, according to the Department of Labor – and chief executives are expected to show leadership by making their companies the unequivocal center of their lives, Zuckerberg's choice to take some time off is almost radical. If it becomes a trend, especially among male CEOs, it could even have positive repercussions for the rest of us in our working lives.

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