• Are Attractive People Rewarded With Better Grades and Higher Earnings?
    We know that motivation, talent, and maybe a little bit of luck are a great recipe for success, but what if there are other factors at play as well? Does a person's level of attractiveness impact the trajectory of their career? Let's take a look at some of the latest research and information on the topic to discover whether or not attractive people are rewarded professionally for their looks.
  • PayScale's VIP Blog Roundup: To Be a Strong Leader, Embrace Vulnerability
    When is strength actually a weakness? When it's a facade of toughness, rather than the real deal. This special kind of workplace machismo can keep leaders from asking questions, and when it does, real problems result, both for companies and for the individual who's trying so hard to project strength. In this week's roundup, we look at ways to embrace vulnerability, plus how to get along better with co-workers, and the big mistakes you're probably making on social media, right now.
  • Managers' Behaviors Are Contagious
    Anyone who's ever had a job knows the impact a boss can have on the happiness of employees. A bad boss, whether she be cruel, overly demanding, or simply incompetent, can be enough to drive workers out the door. But, it turns out that the behaviors and attitudes of managers might have a bigger impact on the lives of employees than is immediately obvious. Let's look a little more closely at how managers' behaviors affect the people around them.
  • 5 Signs You're Burning Out
    Burnout can impact just about anyone. But, people who are extra dedicated and committed to their jobs, or people working in particularly stressful and demanding positions, might be especially prone to it. If signs and symptoms of burnout go unaddressed, you could find yourself being forced to take a break from your job – whether you want to or not. So, let's take a look at a few common signs of burnout. Learning to recognize these signs, and slowing down accordingly, could help you save your career before it's too late.
  • What Your Lunchroom Seating Choice Says About You
    Paying attention to seating choices during a meeting can tell us an awful lot about a group's dynamics. Naturally, the person running the discussion sits in a position of authority, usually at the end of a table or maybe at the center. Key players file in along at the leader's sides and folks whose participation is less critical fill the remaining chairs. We choose our seats at meetings for practical and logical reasons. But, could there also be meaning behind where we sit at other times during the workday? Where you choose to sit in the lunchroom, for example, tells others something about you, and could have an impact on how they see you and maybe even on your career. Let's take a look at some specifics to understand more about lunchroom seating choice.
  • 6 Tips for Thinking More Positively
    Our mood, outlook, and attitude impact our lives so much more than is immediately obvious. Think about some of the more negative-minded people that you know. Don't you think their lives would be dramatically improved by a more positive mindset? The impact of negativity becomes obvious the longer we walk around in the world as adults. We begin to instinctively understand that complaining and being pessimistic about the future is super counterproductive.
  • Need Motivation? Future You Can Help!
    Sometimes, it's tough to keep feeling good and working hard, especially during the winter months. There is something about the cold, dark, gray days that just make you want to stay in under a blanket with a good movie and a less-than-optimal snack. But, if you're looking for a quick and easy way to find more motivation for work, or other goals you're pursuing (maybe at home, or at the gym), this method could really help. Read on to learn more about how the concept of "future you" just might save the day.
  • Check Out the Worst Job Advertisement Ever
    Are you tired of job advertisements that raise your expectations and hopes only to dash them once you've learned more? Promises of flexible hours and a friendly work environment often fall flat once you arrive on the scene of the job, so you no longer believe the want-ad hype. Who can blame you? Certainly not Julien Viard of Australia, who is responsible for posting what might just be the worst job advertisement in all of history.
  • Diversity Talk Makes White Men Anxious, and Other Reasons Diversity Programs Fail
    Diversity in the workplace has been proven to foster innovation and creativity and improve recruitment and retention, and diverse teams are better at solving problems than teams that aren't diverse. Despite all of this, a lot of companies aren't diversifying the way evidence would suggest that they should. Women in the Workplace, a joint study from LeanIn.org and McKinsey, found that women are underrepresented in senior leadership, and a 2014 analysis from Russell Reynolds found that more than 84 percent of board seats in the Fortune 250 are held by people who identify as white. Why aren't companies more diverse, given all we know about diversity's benefits?
  • 5 Work Snacks That Won't Derail Your Resolutions
    Isn't January the worst? You've gotten a few weeks into the New Year, and all you want to do is eat your feelings while you browse travel sites for beach getaways that won't break the bank. Instead of all that, try focusing on the here and now (and, fine, work). This year, try mindful snacking at work instead of mindless eating. You'll be more productive (and avoid those neon orange Cheetos fingers, too).
  • Thermostat Regulation Tips for a Feuding Workplace
    It sounds like a silly thing, but if you're the one responsible for regulating the thermostat at the office, you already know what an issue it can be. You might also be invested in this problem if you're tired of feeling super hot or, alternatively, way too cold at work. So, to help you through the long cold winter, here are a few guidelines for your office that should help everyone get along during prime thermostat-battle season.
  • What to Do When You Can't Meet the Project Deadline
    Let's say your manager has assigned a project to you. You're already working on a few priorities, but you accept this anyway. Why? Any one of a number of reasons. Maybe you think the project is going to add to your skillsets, or you want your manager to know that you are willing to take on new challenges, or you just can't say no to your manager. Whatever the case, once you've started the project, you realize, you really don't have the time and resources to deliver. So what now?
  • 5 Tips for Losing Weight at Work Without Annoying Everyone Else
    For many of us, the start to a new year feels like it's brimming with possibilities. Setting a goal to lose weight at this time of year (or simply stay fit and healthy) is very common; in fact, it's the most popular New Year's resolution around. But, we often find that as the days of January tick by, those goals and good intentions slip away, as well. Perhaps things can be different this year, though. Chances are, many of your co-workers have similar goals. Maybe you can help each other and even enjoy yourselves a bit along the way.
  • 5 Quick Tips for Organizing Your Desk
    Do you have one of those desks that makes everyone stop and stare? You swear you "know where everything is" ... but you can also acknowledge that your workspace is a bit of a mess. Whether you're in need of a serious overhaul or you would just like to take your already-neat desk to the next level, these tips should help you get going with your goal. None of these suggestions should take more than a few minutes to apply, meaning that you'll be able to see a big difference with just a little time and effort, and that's always a good thing.
  • Companies Insist on Collaboration, So Women Do More
    In workplaces around the country, it's not uncommon for employers to encourage or even insist on a collaborative environment. In fact, studies show that time spent on collaborative tasks in the office rose by roughly 50 percent over the last 20 years. However, there's just one little problem: women are the ones getting stuck with the bulk of the work.
  • How to Avoid Miscommunication at Work
    "The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place," George Bernard Shaw once said. Miscommunication in the workplace is very common. It's a big reason for missed project deadlines, postponed meetings, and misunderstood expectations. For example, maybe your boss expected you to be at work today because your leave was "till" today, but you meant it to "include" today. Sometimes, the communication channel just isn't clear.
  • How to Say No, Even If It Makes You Really Uncomfortable
    Why is saying no so hard? Maybe you have the incessant need to please people à la Monica Geller in Friends, or maybe you're just too scared. Either way, by saying yes to everything, you might be stretching yourself too thin and taking on more than you can actually handle. Even if you aren't dropping the ball yet, continuing with the "never say no" rule could hurt your career.
  • Air Quality and Work Smarts: It's Not All in Your Head
    While we don't all live in places with visible smog, poor air quality is something that can sneak up on you. Bad air can come from sources including vehicles, utilities, heating and cooling machinery, and even climate change, according to the American Lung Association. Not all of us are so hard up that we're into buying canned air, but maybe we should be a little more worried about long-term effects of air pollution on our productivity.
  • 3 Reasons You Should Make a Cup of Tea Right Now
    As we start to settle into a brand-new year, the internet is abuzz with tips and tricks for improving your career in 2016. Whether you're into making career resolutions or just setting goals and intentions, this is a great time to reflect and prepare to move forward. But, sometimes the simplest of changes, the gentlest little nudges, can make the biggest difference. Believe it or not, making a cup of tea right now (and maybe regularly from now on) could make a positive impact on your health, happiness, and even your career. Let's take a look at a few reasons why this is the case.
  • For Some Workers, Bad Smells in the Office Are More Than Just Annoying
    One of the first offices I worked in had a sign by the floor microwave: "No fish!," it said. While I laughed this off at the time as being a bit picky, it wasn't until I worked close to another office's kitchen that I realized how pervasive reheated mahi-mahi could be. While it may not seem like a little warmed salmon, heavily splashed Chanel No. 5, or post-vacation durian could mean that much, it's no laughing matter. A smell issue could harm workers and even land an employer in legal hot water if they don't think a stink means a thing.

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