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  • No, Millennial Women Aren't Taking a 'Career Pause'
    We've all heard the myth of the "career pause" – it's used as an excuse when bosses decide not to hire young women. To explain it in the simplest terms, it's the idea that a woman will plan to take time off from her career to raise a family, in some modern iteration of the cult of domesticity. After all, bosses (and journalists) claim, young women will just get pregnant, and go on leave. Then, they'll stay home, need a flex-schedule, choose a lesser job, or in other ways divert from what could be considered a standard career path.
  • Don't Dismiss Small Talk; Use It for Big Talk
    Small talk exists in nearly every language. In Japan, it comes in the form of short grunts and nods called "aizuchi." In Persian culture, they're "taarof." In his 1923 essay, The Problem of Meaning in Primitive Language, Polish anthropologist Bronisław Malinowski coined the term "phatic communion" to describe small talk as "language used more for the purpose of establishing an atmosphere or maintaining social contact than for exchanging information or ideas." Whatever you call it, small talk plays a role in most cultures. And for most people, it either comes naturally or it doesn't. In fact, many of us hate it, particularly in a career context.
  • What's the Difference Between a Manager and a Leader?
    A lot of people use the word "manager" as a part of their job title or description, but "leaders" don't get that label simply by being appointed to a post. Leadership is earned, and is hard-won, by the folks who prioritize and understand the traits and qualities that come with the unofficial title.
  • 5 Bad Habits That Waste Your Day Away (and What to Do About Them)
    Ever wonder why some people are hyper-productive and others are always playing catch-up? If you're part of the latter group, then you're probably guilty of productivity-destroying behaviors. Learn how to kick those bad habits, so you can stop wondering why there are never enough hours in a day.
  • 5 Tips for Dealing With Negative People at Work
    They say "attitude is everything." And, by the time we reach adulthood, most of us realize there's some wisdom to that. We learn that the day goes more smoothly if we approach it with a positive outlook. However, even the sunniest, most pleasant disposition can be downright squashed by a negative person. And, when the raincloud is someone you work closely with, it can feel nearly impossible to avoid being dragged into the muck. But, there is hope. Here are some tips for dealing with negative people at work.
  • 7 Steps to Up Your Confidence When the Day's Got You Down
    It usually strikes when you least expect it … or on any given Monday. I'm talking about a bad day that just seems to be snowballing into the worst day ever. It's okay, because it happens to the best of us. Here are seven steps to turn that frown upside-down.
  • PayScale's VIP Blog Roundup: What Teachers Really Do With Their 'Summers Off'
    If you're a professor, teacher, or grad student, you're probably sick of hearing people say that you get the summer off. But for non-academic types, it seems like a sweet deal. This week's blog roundup looks at why those summer months aren't as much fun for teachers as they are for students; plus, insight into why feedback is so hard on so many of us, and what to do to really drive your co-workers crazy (if that's your goal).
  • Those Open-Plan Office Blues: 7 Horror Stories to Make You Long for Walls
    Ah, open-plan offices. Proponents say they can encourage creativity and collaboration among staff members, while allowing workers flexibility to decide where in the office inspiration is most likely to strike. Of course, open-office boosters generally have another reason to push for them: fewer walls can mean less square footage per person, which equals lower real estate costs. As commenter Meghan C. said, "What bugs me most about open floor plans is imagining The Powers That Be sitting in their @#$% offices saying how great open floor plans are." If you're not a fan of the wall-free office, these tales of woe, collected from Facebook users, will seem pretty familiar.
  • 6 Tips to Improve Productivity (When You'd Rather Be on Vacation)
    It can be tough to reach the typical high mark for productivity during the summer months. Sure, you're at work – but another part of you feels distracted by thoughts of home (or maybe the beach) where you envision yourself enjoying the beautiful weather with friends and family.
  • 3 Reasons You Probably Hate Your Boss
    Employee dissatisfaction is a cultural institution: TV characters gripe about their TV bosses, it's often the subject of single-panel editorial cartoons, and it's one of the easiest bonding agents for employees around the water cooler. But why? Are bosses all really that bad? Based on a recent survey, the answer may be deeper than just a general disregard for leadership.
  • Stop Overworking Everyone : A Better Way to End the Gender Wage Gap?
    Women still earn less money than men, in part, because they're more likely to seek out flexible schedules that allow them to combine work and household responsibilities. But, that doesn't mean that men are necessarily psyched to burn the midnight oil – at least, not every midnight. Perhaps the best way to tackle the gender wage gap and the work-life balance problem is to examine why our culture of work demands such round-the-clock devotion from everyone, both male and female.
  • How to Dish Out Criticism to a Colleague Without Burning a Bridge
    Dishing out criticism is easier said than done, especially when it's to one of your peers. Here are a few things to consider before the big talk to ensure that your message is constructive rather than destructive.
  • 4 Tips for Enjoying Summer When You're a Busy Grown-up
    Remember summers when you were a kid? We all had different experiences, but whether you spent your summers at camp, fishing with your parents, or lounging around a pool with buddies, chances are we all have one memory in common: free time. At least, before we got old enough for summer jobs.
  • Study Finds Burnout Is the New Normal
    It doesn't take a bevy of research studies to tell us that Americans are working harder than ever. But, how we are processing and managing the stressful pace of our lives deserves a closer look.
  • Millennial Workers Are Less Engaged and Less Stressed Than Other Workers
    Millennials get a lot of attention in the media, in part because they're such a big generation – it's even projected that they'll outnumber Baby Boomers by the end of the year. Although they are the youngest adult-generation, they are shaking things up in the workplace with their unique skills and their impressive educational backgrounds. Millennials also bring different values and priorities to the table, already teaching older generations a little something about work-life balance.
  • What Happens When You Sit Next to the Boss
    The old saying goes, you're only truly yourself when you're alone. That's because it's human nature to change the way we behave, even just slightly, depending on who we're with. This is just as true in the workplace as it is in our personal lives.
  • 5 Things You Learn About Yourself By Working From Home
    Most employees would do anything and everything to be granted the opportunity to work from home, even occasionally. The idea of working in pajamas, not having to sit in traffic, and not dealing with pesky co-workers are just a few of the majestic wonders that make not going into the office so desirable. If you pay attention, you might even learn a few surprising insights into your own goals and motivations.
  • Rushed and Rude: The High Cost of Busyness
    Discretionary time for adults feels like a thing of the past. How often are most of us able to wake up and decide what to do today? Almost never. It can be difficult to set aside adequate family time, much less time for pure leisure activities, or for ourselves.
  • Everyone Needs Work-Life Balance, Not Just Women
    A national conversation around the issue of work-life balance has really taken root lately, and it has everyone talking about what can be done to better things moving forward. However, when we think about work-life balance, we should be mindful that it's an important issue for all adults – not just women. Here are some things to think about.
  • 5 Ways to Be a Stand-Out Employee While Working Remotely
    Working remotely seems like a godsend, but is it really as easy-breezy as it sounds? As it turns out, working from home is a huge adjustment for both the employee and the employer, but that doesn't mean it can't be a win-win situation for all parties involved. Here are five ways you can ensure that you're not wearing out your welcome as telecommuter and that you still wow your boss from the comfort of your own home (office).