• #MondayMotivation: 5 Easy Ways to Get Excited About Your Career Again, Starting Today
    In times of career crisis – when you're unemployed, or facing major upheaval on the org chart – you probably long to be bored. Then things settle down, and you get into a routine, and boredom doesn't seem that great after all. The problem, of course, is that once you're feeling meh about your job or your career, it's hard to motivate to do anything about it. Taking a class or setting up networking coffees seems like an awful lot of work. It'd be easier to just put in your time at the old desk and then go home and start methodically working your way through your Netflix queue.
  • Rewards and Incentives: Do They Really Work?
    Rewards and incentive programs are a part of professional life for many. But, do they actually do what they're supposed to do – make us work more productively? Research has indicated that while these programs might make people work harder, they might not help anyone work smarter. Is performance really improved by incentive programs and rewards? Let's take a look at some of the most recent findings on the matter.
  • Want More Money? These Are the Job Titles to Target
    What's in a name? It could be a significant amount of money. Earnest, an online lender, recently published a report analyzing various job titles and their corresponding salaries. While the actual day-to-day differences in responsibilities could be very little, these keyword variations translate potentially into a significant salary increase.
  • NFL Star DeMarcus Ware Is Betting His Salary on His Performance in 2016. Here's Why You Should Do the Same.
    We're now more than a month into the crazy days of NFL Free Agency, and if you're keeping up with how top players are negotiating contracts with their teams, you aren't just getting good pre-season entertainment — you might be learning some salary negotiation lessons you can apply to your career, even if your job title isn't as glamorous as "quarterback" or "defensive end."
  • 5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Leaving Your Company
    Although it's something of a myth that Americans change jobs more than they used to, we do tend to move around quite a bit. In 2012, the average job tenure was just 4.6 years (keep in mind though that it was 3.7 years in 2002 and just 3.5 years in 1983). But, even though taking a new position and leaving an old one behind is a pretty common thing to do, it's not an action you should take too lightly, particularly if you're not just changing positions but actually leaving your organization. So, before you make your final decision and officially announce that you're moving on, ask yourself these questions.
  • 4 Great Benefits of Having a Side Job
    In a perfect world, we would only take on side jobs because we really wanted to. Unfortunately, wage stagnation means that many workers take on side jobs (or even second full-time positions) in order to make ends meet. Working too many hours is never recommended, but side jobs can have their benefits (assuming you still have some downtime in your schedule). Let's take a look at some of pluses.
  • 5 Employers Who Will Help Pay Your Student Loans
    The student loan debt crisis is having a real impact on individuals and the economy in general. As a result, some lawmakers want to encourage employers to help their workers pay down their student loan debt. One proposal, for example, would grant businesses and workers a tax break.
  • Improve Your Focus by Learning to Ignore Things
    Has the following situation ever happened to you? You come home for the weekend with a ton of work that you need to get done before Monday. But, instead of waking up on Saturday morning and getting right to it, you decide you need to clean up a little first instead. By the time the weekend ends, not only is your work done, but your house is clean, your bills are paid, and your taxes are filed as well. In an effort to procrastinate, you actually ended up being highly productive. If this sounds at all familiar, then you know that attention doesn't always work exactly the way we'd like it to, and you'll be interested in some of these tips regarding focus and productivity. Here's what you need to know.
  • Unplug From Social Media, Get Productivity-Enhancing Zzzs
    We're learning more and more about the importance of a getting enough sleep. The quality and quantity of our sleep has an impact on our health, our relationships, mood, memory, the clarity of our thinking ... the list goes on and on. So, if you aim to take good (or even decent) care of yourself, sleep is something that really should be a priority.
  • Have a Messy Desk? You're in Great Company
    Do you have a messy office? Maybe your co-workers laugh about it a little when they pass by, but you assure them that you can "find anything in a matter of seconds" despite the way things look. Do you sometimes find yourself wondering how or why others manage to keep their spaces so tidy? If you have a messy desk, don't fret. It's not as bad a sign as you, or others, might think. Here are a few things you should know.
  • The 5 Hardest Working Cities in America
    Americans work hard. Actually, we work more than anyone else in the industrialized world, we're terrible about taking our vacation time, and we retire later too. But, some parts of the country are a little extra into hard work. In order to determine the hardest working cities in America for 2016, WalletHub analyzed the 116 largest cities in the country along six metrics. Let's take a look at their top five.
  • There's a New Type of Pay Gap: The Height and Weight Gap
    As if gender wasn't a shallow-enough reason for the persistent wage gap, a new study found that height and weight have been added to the mix, too. More specifically, if you're a short male or an overweight female, then you can bet that you earn less than your taller, thinner colleagues. Here's what you need to know.
  • 5 Emotional Skills Every Worker Should Possess
    If you're looking for work right now, you've probably heard a lot about the importance of developing skills (with technology, for example) as an essential step toward getting hired. But, you may have noticed an awful lot of talk about soft skills, as well. Writing, public speaking, and teamwork are increasingly coveted by employers. High emotional intelligence helps you develop the soft skills on your next employer's wishlist.
  • The 5 Jobs With the Worst Gender Pay Gap
    Men earn more than women in every industry, but some occupations have a worse gender pay gap than others. Recently, Time released their list of the 25 jobs with the biggest gap between male and female earnings. Let's take a closer look at the five jobs at the top of the list.
  • What We Can Learn From WalletHub's Best and Worst Cities for Women-Owned Businesses
    Starting a new business is anything but easy. It requires fierce motivation, novel ideas, capital, not to mention some jumping-through-of-hoops to get all of your appropriate paperwork together. For women business leaders, the challenge may be even a little greater. In response to this, WalletHub recently compiled their list of 2016's Best and Worst Cities for Women-Owned Businesses.
  • Hiring Managers Share Their Worst Interview Stories
    One of the most challenging parts of the job-search process is the interview. If you're like most people, interviews make you at least a little nervous. And, when we're nervous, we tend to act a little funny. Needless to say, hiring managers have seen their fair share of interviews-gone-wrong.
  • 3 Obstacles That Keep Women From Succeeding in Tech
    The gender pay gap exists across all industries, but it's smallest in tech, according to PayScale's report, The Truth About the Gender Pay Gap. But, that doesn't mean that everything is easy for women at tech companies. Various systemic issues in the industry can keep women from succeeding – or even staying – in STEM fields. Here's what's holding women back.
  • Having a Bad Day? Here Are 3 Ways to Help You Cope
    It only takes one bad day to derail you for the entire workweek, and unfortunately, they seem to crop up at the most inopportune times, like when you have a million project deadlines and other stressful things going on. If you happen to be having "one of those days," then here are some ways you can change things around and make today a positive and productive one.
  • 4 Signs That the Job Market Really Is Improving
    The road back from the Great Recession has been a long and winding one, that's for sure. Even when some economic indicators have given us hope, other factors (often the ones that matter most to workers) have lagged behind. For example, despite lower unemployment rates, wage growth has been slow. However, now that the first quarter of 2016 is well underway, there are some indications that the job market might truly be improving. Here's what you need to know.
  • Should You Tell Your Friends and Family How Much You Make?
    Discussing money might be the only real conversational taboo left in America. We've recognized, over time, that sharing our ideas and even our fears with trusted friends and family only builds our understanding and makes our lives better. These days, it's okay to talk about the troubles we're having with our children or even our marriages. We can talk about race, religion, identity, etc., outside of work. But, do we talk with each other about our salaries? Oh goodness, absolutely not. That's way too personal, and it's a conversation fraught with danger. But, what if this is a mistake? There may be some real upsides to loosening up our conversations about money.

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