• 15 Skills That Set Up Entrepreneurs for Success
    Q: What is the #1 skill an entrepreneur must possess to succeed?

    The following answers are provided by the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only nonprofit organization comprised of the world's most promising young entrepreneurs. The YEC recently published #FixYoungAmerica: How to Rebuild Our Economy and Put Young Americans Back to Work (for Good), a book of 30+ proven solutions to help end youth unemployment.

    1. Perseverance


    Cash will run low, clients won't close, team members will leave, the product will have bugs, and the roof will fall on your head. There will be times when you seriously consider quitting. I've been there. But perseverance and dumbfounded self-confidence pushed me forward. Without perseverance, you'll never reach success.
    - Jun LoayzaRewardMe

  • General Mills Layoffs to Affect 850 Employees

    General Mills announced plans yesterday to eliminate 850 jobs to hopefully improve productivity, boost effectiveness and cut costs. Last year, the Minneapolis-based company had some 35,000 global employees; Minnesota Public Radio reporter Martin Moylan writes that the cuts are mostly in support and administrative positions. What will General Mills do with the savings?

  • Is Self-Learning the New Master's Degree? [infographic]

    This infographic examines the growing phenomenon of self-learning using free online courses. These video lessons may come from recognized institutions of higher learning like Stanford and MIT or startups like Udemy, a platform that enables users to create classes and set their own per-class fees. Is this the future of education?

  • 3 Ridiculous Reasons for Calling in Sick

    Fake sick days are on the rise, according to the Workforce Institute at Kronos, a company that provides job attendance tracking software.

  • Companies Redesign Open-Plan Offices to Mask Sound

    The standard sea of cubicles is all but forgotten in modern open-plan offices, which ditch walls and barriers to promote collaboration and collegiality. Employees have responded to the distractions open floor plans pose by wearing headphones, bolstering makeshift partitions with books and relocating behind file cabinets to regain their concentration. Are we nearing the end of this communication-fostering workplace layout?

  • US Median Income vs. Poverty Rate: How Does Your State Measure Up? [infographic]

    Although the National Bureau of Economic Research declared the end of the recession to be June 2009, the latest U.S. Census Bureau data reveals that in terms of median incomes and poverty rates, the tough times aren't behind us. What gives?

  • Teachers' Salaries Are All Over the Board

    How much should a teacher make? As with all academic questions, the answer is, "It depends."

    A recent news item from the Bennington Banner caught our eye, because it so perfectly encapsulated the issues around teachers' pay: "Art Teacher's Salary Sparks Board Debate," it read. Within, we found the usual debate on hiring teachers: should the Bennington, Vermont school board go for an experienced teacher, with numerous accolades and years of specialization, or pick a less senior, much cheaper teacher -- for a potential salary savings of $30,000?

  • Most US Workers Don't Use Vacation Days

    The recession has influenced nearly every fiber of society, but especially the relationship between businesses and their employees. New Harris Interactive research reveals that 57 percent of employed Americans had paid vacation time that they hadn't used before December 31, 2011. These findings come hot on the heels of a Sageworks study that found company profits-per-employee are the highest they've been in 10 years. Have we, as a nation, sworn off vacation to stay employed?

  • Meet Captain Kaylyn, PayScale’s Bike to Work Month Leader

    By Emma Bohmke

    Meet Kaylyn Messer. Most people know her as an outstanding customer service specialist and MarketRate trainer here at PayScale. But, this year, she cranked up the cool and took over as the coordinator for Bike to Work Month for PayScale. In honor of Bike to Day, let’s get to know the star behind the operation.

  • Why Your Boss Shouldn't Want You to Multitask

    Feeling burned out? Maybe you're doing too many things at once. For those of you who greeted that news with a resounding, "duh," here's some ammunition to bring to your boss.

    Tony Schwartz, author of "Be Excellent at Anything," examined the issue of multitasking for the Harvard Business Review blog. His conclusion: our relentless need to be doing more than one thing at a time is causing us to be less productive.

  • Think You Have to Move to Silicon Valley to Work in Tech? Think Again

    If you listened to the hype, you'd think that Silicon Valley was the only place to live for tech types. This is partly because every media outlet that covers technology is fully engaged in Facebook IPO Watch 2012, and partly because, yes, there are a lot of tech jobs in the Bay Area. However, this area isn't the only place to live if you want one of these gigs. Heck, it might not even be the best.

    Forbes contributors Joel Kotkin and Mark Schill developed a ranking system that measures growth in the tech industry as a whole -- meaning that they looked at internet, data processing, and software jobs, but also included jobs in the STEM sector. (That's science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, for the acronym-averse.) Their findings might surprise you.

  • Salary and Career News Round Up: Networking Tips for Introverts, Commuter Marriages and New Grads' Employment Woes

    Every Friday we round up the salary trends, career stories and job news that you may have missed during the past week.

  • Bike to Work Day Gets Snack-tacular in Seattle

    Bike to Work Month culminates with one big party on the third Friday of the month: Bike to Work Day.  Everyone is encouraged to participate on this one day and, here in Seattle, it's a party on wheels. The day's organizer, Cascade Bicycle Club, not only hosts its own station with snacks and drinks for riders, they've encouraged DIY (Do It Yourself) stations all over the city in the last few years. Now, the whole town is dotted with opportunities to load up on doughnuts, coffee, smoothies and more.

  • 5 Peculiar Facebook-Related Firings: Will the Facebook IPO Change How We View Free Speech Online?

    This morning, the media is abuzz with news of the Facebook IPO. While most stories center on the price of a Facebook share ($42.05) or when it opened for NASDAQ trading (around 11:30 a.m. Eastern), at PayScale, we're more focused on the many Facebook-related firings that have occurred as the social networking site has exploded in popularity. Read on for some of the unusual terminations that resulted from employees' Facebook posts.

  • Simple Ways to Work Out at Work [infographic]

    Just 1 in 7 U.S. workers is of normal weight without chronic conditions, and this KT Tape infographic outlines several ways to work out at work in an effort to stave off the many health risks associated with sedentary lifestyles. Some of the suggestions are fairly straightforward -- bike to work if possible, swap your desk chair out for an exercise ball, climb stairs as often as possible -- but others enable you to get a decent workout without even leaving your desk.

  • A Yahoo Employee Answers the Question: Why Does Anyone Still Work at Yahoo?

    It's been kind of a rough couple of weeks, news-wise, for Yahoo. Back in April, the technology company laid off 2000 employees. Just this week, CEO Scott Thompson resigned amid allegations that he lied on his resume. Why would anyone still want to work there?

  • 3 Underrated Challenges Women Face in the Workplace

    We're all familiar with the major challenges women face in the workplace -- the so-called glass ceiling, the "good ol' boys' club," the "second shift" moms report to after their 9-to-5 -- but a trio of news items this week unveiled some obstacles you might not have previously considered.

  • The Evolution of Social Recruiting Technology [infographic]

    Some 55 percent of companies plan to make social media a bigger part of their recruitment process, and this Jobvite infographic outlines how social recruiting technology has evolved over the past 20 years.

  • Can 'Psychological Time' Catalyze Productivity and Employee Engagement?

    Harvard professor Michael Norton and his Ivy League colleagues may have stumbled on the secret to boosting productivity and improving employee engagement: psychological time. This trick isn't about time management; instead, it's about making employees feel like they have more free time without clearing their schedules.

  • Study Reveals Best States for Working Moms

    The National Partnership for Women & Families has just released a report that assesses the best states for working moms according to legislation regarding breastfeeding mothers, parental leave and sick days. The full PDF report outlines all the laws that benefit new parents on a state-by-state basis, but the organization also gave each state an overall grade. How does your state measure up?

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