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  • 5 Things to Think About Before You Accept a Job

    Let's be honest: the first question in most of our minds when we're evaluating a job offer is, "What does it pay?" Without an adequate salary, all the gym memberships and dental plans in the world won't make us happy at our jobs.

    But salary isn't the end all, be all of job requirements. HR expert and Career Spin blogger Mike Spinale offers this list of other important considerations to ponder before signing on the dotted line.

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  • 9 Ways Successful People Beat Stress

    Are you a human who lives in the 21st century and works, or aspires to work? Then chances are, you spend a significant portion of your time feeling pretty stressed out. The good news is that just about everyone has tips for you on how to manage the pressure. The even-better news is that some of that advice comes from very successful people.

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  • Why You Need Downtime

    Ever-improving mobile technology makes it possible to work 24/7 -- and a soft economy means that many employers think they can get away with insisting on it. The good news for workers is that it's a bad idea to go without downtime. In fact, the best thing you can do for your company might be to take a little time off.

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  • Marissa Mayer's Advice: "Ruthlessly Prioritize"

    Marissa Mayer, Yahoo CEO, is in the news again. The new mother made headlines when, after giving birth in August, she took just two weeks of maternity leave. Recently, she spoke at Fortune Magazine's "Most Power Women" dinner and shared the secret of her success: ruthless prioritization. 

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  • Think You Work 60 Hours a Week? Here's Why You Might Be Wrong

    When someone says they work 60 hours or more a week, we tend to cluck sympathetically, picturing long hours of thankless toil. But according to new research from the University of Maryland, we can sympathize 5 to 10 percent less -- because that's how much the average worker overestimates their work week.

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  • Want to Be Happier? Try These 9 Small Changes

    Happiness is harder to quantify than salary or benefits, but you can't truly claim to have a successful career and life without it. Fortunately, it seems that it's the little things that really count when it comes to becoming a happier person.

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  • Working Dads Need Work-Life Balance, Too

    It's common, when talking about work-life balance, to focus on the needs of working moms, and for a very good reason: women are still likely to suffer from delayed promotions, increased stress, and a sense of not being able to fulfill any role to their satisfaction. But in an era when more fathers are determined to be part- or full-time caregivers, should we be worrying about their work-life balance, as well?

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  • Are You "Telecommuting"? Or Just Putting in Overtime?

    Telecommuting is often seen as a benefit to employees. In an economic era in which raises are few and far between, the ability to have a flexible schedule or to work at home from time to time is generally thought to be a way of saying thanks to dedicated workers -- without spending money the company doesn't have.

    But are we really benefiting from working at home? Or is it just another way to trick us into putting in more time?

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  • The Average U.S. Worker Has HOW Many Free Travel Days?

    The U.S. may be known as the no-vacation nation, but Matt Kepnes recently crunched the numbers and revealed that most office workers have far more free travel days than they might think. When you take weekends into play, the standard two-week vacation most of us imagine grows to a whopping 110 potential days a year to travel. That's four months!

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  • Is it Time for a Sabbatical From Work?

    Could you benefit from taking a sabbatical from work? Quite possibly, according to SideTour cofounder Vipin Goyal, who recently took a six-month break from work to travel the world and broaden his horizons. Alina Dizik interviewed Goyal for Fast Company to see how he emerged more productive and creative than ever.

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  • Some Companies Are Enforcing Curfews on Work-Related Emails

    A recent survey from the Society for Human Resource Management found that 21 percent of organizations have rules limiting employees' use of wireless devices for work purposes during non-work hours. This is fairly shocking to most of us who regularly send emails at 3 a.m. and on the weekend -- with the boss's enthusiastic support.

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  • What Causes Workplace Stress -- And What You Can Do About It [infographic]

    Seventy-five percent of workers feel that they have more on-the-job stress today than their parents had back in the day. While our folks might have a different opinion on that one, it's safe to say stress in the workplace isn't going away any time soon. So what causes it? And what can we do to make things better?

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  • Successful Professionals' Surprising Sleep Patterns Support the 'Sleepless Elite' Theory

    Pop quiz: What do the CEOs of Yahoo, PepsiCo and Fiat have in common with Jay Leno, President Obama and Martha Stewart? All of them regularly get less than the recommended eight hours of sleep a night. They're part of a group researchers call the "sleepless elite," who manage to thrive on little to no sleep.

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  • Would You Trade Part of Your Salary for Flextime?

    Here's proof that our priorities are shifting: A recent survey found that 45 percent of workers would trade part of their salary for more flexibility at work. In fact, they would sacrifice up to 8.6 percent of their salaries, on average, as opposed to the 5.8 percent from the previous year's survey. Do you agree? Find out your current salary worth here and then decide how much you'd be willing to trade for an extra day off. 

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  • Why the US is the No-Vacation Nation [infographic]

    Labor Day weekend might be upon us, but this infographic by Column Five Media for Rasmussen College shows that the U.S. has earned its "no-vacation nation" moniker. In 2011, American workers gave up 226 million vacation days, worth a total of about $34.3 billion. What gives?

    The U.S. is far behind other countries when it comes to federally mandated paid vacation day minimums with a whopping zero. The U.K. has the most with 28, followed by France with 25. Even China offers 10 paid vacation days each year.

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  • 12 Ways to Save on Personal Expenses While Starting Up

    Q: What's one practical way to adjust your personal budget when preparing to start a business, and why?

    The following answers are provided by The Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) is 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. Sorry, Starbucks

    Derek FlanzraichI love my Starbucks (maybe too much), but it's significantly cheaper to purchase coffee in bulk, buy a simple machine and make it yourself, rather than spending more than two dollars every morning for the same thing. Plus, if you really get into the routine, it can become the perfect morning meditation and start every day right.
    Derek FlanzraichGreatist

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  • The Best Work-Life Apps for Freelancers [infographic]

    You might think that remote workers have it easy when it comes to balancing the demands of work and play, but this infographic by BestVendor shows this isn't the case. The firm polled 97 global telecommuters to arrive at this list of the best work-life apps for freelancers. Did any of your favorites make the cut?

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  • Why the 40-Hour Workweek Needs to Make a Comeback [infographic]

    Most of us are paid according to the standard workweek of 40 hours, but let's face it: for 75 percent of Americans, the actual workweek is far more than that. This infographic marshals forth evidence that it's time to bring back the 40-hour workweek to protect productivity and employees' sanity.

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  • Is Self-Employment Less Risky Than Getting a Job?

    Does self-employment pose less risk than getting a traditional job? In a column for Lateral Action, Joel D. Canfield proffers four compelling reasons that the self-employed are actually safer than 9-to-5 folks. Have the artists, entrepreneurs and freelancers finally won out?

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  • 24-Hour Social Media Ad Agency Shuns the Traditional Workweek

    Brian Mandelbaum is readying a 24-hour social media ad agency that will man companies' online presence all day, every day when it launches later this year. Marketers have traditionally stuck to the Monday through Friday workweek and the 9-to-5 workday, but Mandelbaum says there is an unmet client need for round-the-clock online engagement. How will this always-on model affect employees?

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