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  • Silicon Valley Leaders Warn of Technology Addiction

    Leaders in Silicon Valley, a hotbed of the latest gadgets, technology innovations and the geeks who create them, are increasingly expressing their concern about technology addiction. Have those who drive our tech-obsessed culture finally reached their breaking point?

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  • Is Surfing the New Golfing? Executives Swap Golf Bags for Surfboards

    Entrepreneurs, upwardly mobile business owners and corporate executives are increasingly hitting the waves rather than the golf course to network, blow off steam and even come up with their next venture. Shah Gilani covered the growing phenomenon in a recent Forbes column, citing the Kalon Surf school as one of the movement's key incubators.

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  • FullContact Ups the Employee Perk Ante With $7,500 Vacation Policy

    Denver startup FullContact has an attractive strategy to woo and retain its team members. The company's vacation policy holds that each worker is entitled to a $7,500 vacation bonus on top of his or her typical salary. The only catch is that employees must fully go off the grid -- no checking work email, snooping around conference call recaps or other work-related activities. The practice is called "Paid, Paid Vacation."

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  • Are Summer Fridays Good for Business?

    Yes, summer Fridays are great for business, if you believe the recent survey by Ultimat Vodka. But of course, we must consider the source. For one thing, the respondents were employees, not employers. What kind of worker would vote for less time off? (Answer: A lonely one. Seventy-six percent of those who took the survey said they believed that Summer Fridays increased productivity.)

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  • Most Workers Put In 365 Hours of Unpaid Overtime a Year [infographic]

    Chew on this the next time you're pondering your work-life alignment: 80 percent of people put in an average of 365 hours of unpaid overtime each year. They're not spending this extra time at their desks, however: they're racking it up by working after they've left the office. No wonder employers are increasingly becoming lax about punctuality.

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  • Flexible Work Policies: What's in It for Employers?

    A lot, it turns out -- if it's done correctly.

    Fast Company had a great piece recently that should help companies that are thinking of implementing a flexible work policy. (Most companies offer at least some kind of informal flexibility, according to a recent study by Familes and Work Institute.)

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  • Measure Your Personal Productivity Quotient With David Allen's GTD-Q Test

    The GTD-Q test offered by productivity expert David Allen will determine, in two minutes or less, whether you're an Implementer/Micro Manager, Responder/Victim, Visionary/Crazy Maker or Captain and Commander/Autocrat. The quiz measures your personal productivity level as it stands today and determines how effective you are at control and perspective, two essential facets of self-management.

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  • Good News for Commuters: Traffic Congestion Might Be Getting Better

    For many of us, commuting to work means getting in our cars, pulling out of our driveways or parking spaces … and sitting in traffic for what feels like a billion straight hours.

    That might be changing, according to the newest traffic congestion scorecard from Inrix, which shows a 30 percent drop across the United States.

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  • 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

    Jun-loayza

    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

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  • 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?

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Do Men Really Earn More Than Women?

    Eighty cents on the dollar - that is the gender pay gap figure often quoted these days. It seems incredible that, in our modern world, such inequity in pay for male and female workers can exist. PayScale wanted to find out more about this figure and what we discovered is that "80 cents on the dollar" isn't accurate in most cases.

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  • Work Depresses Both Men and Women, But for Different Reasons

    Is your job bumming you out? If so, you're not alone. A recent study by the University of Calgary looked at the relationship between full-time work and clinical depression, and found that career pressure can influence mental health differently, depending on whether you're a man or a woman.

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  • 8 Ways to Maintain Top Productivity on a Hectic Schedule

    Q: How do you keep yourself on task/maintain productivity with a hectic work schedule?

    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. Turn Off the Dopamine Drip

    Michael Margolis Let's face it -- we're all addicted to email. If you want to get stuff done, turn off your email. Close your social media feeds and web browser too. You'll be amazed at what you get done without the biochemical surge of ping, tweet, ping!
    - Michael Margolis, Get Storied

     

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  • Is Your Long Commute Compromising Your Gym Time?

    Sitting in rush-hour traffic is no fun for anyone, but new research indicates that those with a long commute are unhealthier than workers who live closer to work. The study is the first to link commute times with lower levels of fitness and health.

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  • Have Social Media and Smartphones Made Downtime Obsolete? [infographic]

    This infographic featuring research from Forbes and Gyro indicates that downtime may be obsolete, and it's mostly due to social media and smartphones. Of the 543 business executives surveyed, 98 percent admitted checking work email outside of office hours, and only 3 percent said that they avoid sending or receiving work emails while on vacation.

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  • Blogging Couples and Divorce: Husband-and-Wife Teams Behind Apartment Therapy and Dooce Offer Business Lessons for Lovers

    Some 4 million businesses in the U.S. are run by husband-and-wife teams as of 2007, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. What happens to these companies when their cofounders break up?

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  • Study Shows Successful, Ambitious People Really Do Have It All

    We might admiringly say that someone doing well has it all, but new research shows that successful, ambitious people live longer and are happier than their less-driven peers. This research began in 1922, when psychologist Lewis Terman of Stanford began studying over 1,500 high-intelligence children in California. Over the next 70 years, the participants were asked about their activity patterns, vocational histories, emotional development, home life and other data.

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  • Do You Work Like a Geek?

    One group of modern workers has developed a special reputation for caffeine addiction and junk food intake: computer geeks. These are the software developers and computer programmers who stay up all night finishing projects, only to grab a pizza and a coke for breakfast and play hours of video games to burn off steam. What is the deal with their wacky work and sleep habits? Can you relate to them?
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