• 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.
  • 'How I Make It Work': 10 Working Parents Share Their Coping Strategies
    Does work-life balance even exist? Ask any working parent how they manage to hold down a job, take care of their family, and carve out time for themselves – at least enough to go to the dentist semi-regularly and maybe eat a vegetable now and then – and you're likely to get an earful. The upshot: balance is hard to achieve, hard enough to make many wonder if the whole thing is a myth.
  • These 5 States Have the Most Full-Time Telecommuters in the US
    Want to work from home? You're in luck. Telecommuting has increased 103 percent over the past 10 years, according to a Global Workplace Analytics analysis of U.S. Census data, and that's not counting self-employed workers. Last year, telecommuting grew by 6.5 percent. In fact, 3.7 million employees (2.5 percent of the workforce) currently work from home part-time or more. If you want to work from home every day, however, where you live might make a difference. FlexJobs recently revisited the Census Bureau's American Community Survey data to determine which states have the most full-time telecommuters.
  • The Way We Worked: What Our Workdays Looked Like 50 Years Ago
    It's Throwback Thursday, so take a ride through history as we learn what the workplace was like for lumberjacks, meter maids, and airline stewardesses 50-plus years ago. Spoiler alert: a lot has changed.
  • 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.
  • 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?"
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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?
  • 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?
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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