• SCIENCE: Your Jerk Boss Might Be Better for You Than You Think
    In a pick-your-poison type of social experiment, the researchers at Michigan State University have analyzed two types of workplace boss personas to find out which type is the most stressful for employees – a boss who is consistently a jerk, or a boss who is a loose cannon.
  • Elon Musk Looks Like a Bond Villain But Acts Like a Superhero

    Elon Musk is one badass facial scar away from becoming the prototypical Bond villain.

    Wikipedia describes Musk as a "South African-born Canadian-American business magnate, engineer, inventor, and investor," and his net worth is reported as roughly $13 billion U.S. dollars. Of the numerous companies and organizations he's founded or led, one is currently disrupting a century's worth of automotive design and energy storage; one handled $228 billion in 26 currencies across more than 190 nations in 2014 alone; and one is a space transport company with the ultimate goal of colonizing Mars.

  • There Are 16 Fewer Billionaires in the World in 2016
    Every year, Forbes releases its updated list of the world's billionaires. Some things tend to remain pretty consistent from year to year: Bill Gates is usually No. 1, or close to it; the U.S. has more billionaires than any other single country; new billionaires are often tech entrepreneurs or investors. What's different about this year? Well, for the first time since the recession, the number of billionaires in the world declined, from 1,826 in 2015 to 1,810 in 2016.
  • ADP Jobs Report: Private Sector Added 214,000 Jobs in February
    Prior to the release of the monthly ADP National Employment Report, economists polled by Reuters were predicting the addition of 190,000 jobs to private payrolls. This morning's report beat expectations, reflecting 214,000 jobs added.
  • Want Job Security? Avoid These 3 Jobs
    The job market as a whole is showing some good signs of recovery from the Great Recession. But, that recovery hasn't looked the same across the board. It has varied widely by region, for example. Similarly, industries are progressing (or regressing) at different rates. If you're contemplating changing careers – or just want to know whether your current occupation offers a good future – it pays to know which jobs have the highest unemployment rates.
  • 3 Obstacles That Keep Women From Succeeding in Tech
    The gender pay gap exists across all industries, but it's smallest in tech, according to PayScale's report, The Truth About the Gender Pay Gap. But, that doesn't mean that everything is easy for women at tech companies. Various systemic issues in the industry can keep women from succeeding – or even staying – in STEM fields. Here's what's holding women back.
  • 5 Children's Books to Encourage Your Daughter's Career Ambitions
    We know that it's important to encourage boys and girls to strive for fulfilling careers that challenge and interest them. While there's no shortage of media that tells little boys they can grow up to be astronauts, doctors, and anything else they put their minds to, unfortunately the same can't always be said for their sisters. To celebrate National Reading Month, here are five brilliant children's books that encourage young girls and boys alike to reach for the stars.
  • 5 Tips for Overthinking Less and Enjoying Life More
    As busy adults living in our modern culture of overwork, we shoulder a lot of responsibilities, and we feel under a tremendous amount of pressure to attend to all of them properly on a day-in, day-out basis. But, those of us who are prone to overthinking also have to deal with an additional stressor – ourselves.
  • #MondayMotivation: The 3 Strangest Ways to Trick Yourself Into Being Productive
    Leap Day, Schmeap Day – if you get an extra 24 hours, but it's a Monday, it barely counts. If you're having trouble using this "extra day" for anything other than complaining about how much you have to do and how little you want to do it, good news: there are plenty of oddball methods of forcing yourself to get stuff done. We're not talking to-do lists and work sprints, here. These motivation tricks are different enough to throw you off-balance and into productivity.
  • Hollywood Is 'Sorority-Racist': Chris Rock Explains Unconscious Bias on Oscars Night

    Last night, during his opening monologue for the 88th Academy Awards, host Chris Rock gave perhaps the best explanation to date of unconscious bias and how it affects the careers of black actors. Hollywood, he said, isn't "burning-cross racist" or "fetch-me-some-lemonade racist." It's "sorority-racist."

    "Is Hollywood racist?" he asked. "You're damn right. Hollywood is racist, but it ain't that racist that you've grown accustomed to. Hollywood is sorority-racist. It's like, 'We like you, Rhonda, but you're not a Kappa.'"

  • Find Your Dream Career Through the Magic of Self-Reflection
    Everyone has good days and bad days at work. When those bad days start to string together, turning into a bad month or two, we tend to become concerned and rightfully so. We spend a tremendous amount of time at work, so it's reasonable to hope that our careers bring some amount of fulfillment, stimulation, and success. So, if you're feeling a little down about your current professional path, or if you're at a point in your life where you're trying to discover which career is right for you, consider the power of self-reflection. It just might be the key to moving you toward a more rewarding career.
  • The Corporate Chasm: Does Your Employer Think Like You?
    It's pretty neat working at a company like PayScale that has smart, dedicated, and passionate people working both to empower employees with knowledge and to support organizations to be better at engaging their workforce. It means that, fairly often, I see both sides of the formula, if not actually an equation. I see a whole bunch of data from employees regarding how they feel about pay, and at the same time I see data from employers about their comp plans. In The 2016 Compensation Best Practices Report, Escape to Comptopia, there is an entire section dedicated to comparing notes from both sides of the divide.
  • Need to Play Hooky From Work? Learn From the Master
    You may have looked up to Ferris Bueller at one point in your life: a handsome rogue who knows how to bend the rules, get out of school, and put on a decent lip-syncing show. But he's a fictional character. We need a real inspiration, someone like Joaquín García , the man who reportedly didn't go to work for six years while still collecting paychecks. And while the reason he claims he didn't go is because he "couldn't find anything to do," your reason to play hooky might be a lot more serious.
  • These Pokémon Characters Would Earn a Solid Salary IRL
    Trainers, put down your Pokédex, because this is important. This weekend marks the 20th anniversary of Pokémon, a game treasured by Millennials all over the world. Whether you're brand-new to the game, a first-generation player, or just someone who used to collect Pokémon cards, you can appreciate the importance of all the unique characters in the Pokémon story. But just like in real life, these characters have to earn a living if they’re going to make it in Pallet Town – or anywhere else in the Pokémon universe. So join me as I break down how much money our friends would be making in the real-world economy.
  • How Highly Do You Value a Good Paycheck vs. Mental Well-Being?
    This week on Reddit, Phoenixfighter09 talks to the /f/personalfinance community about his current job situation. Unhappy, stressed out, and exhausted from toxic co-workers, he's debating quitting his job of six months and taking a massive pay cut in hopes of pursuing his real passion while also salvaging his mental health and personal relationships. Should he stick it out or should he quit? Let's unpack the details in this all-too-common scenario.
  • Early Jobs of Presidential Candidates: Exotic Bird Cage Assembler, Babysitter, and More
    Barack Obama once scooped ice cream at Baskin-Robbins. Gerald Ford was a "darned good" park ranger, in the words of his former supervisor. Ronald Reagan was an actor, and before that, a lifeguard who saved 77 lives over the course of seven summers. Early jobs teach us a lot, from work ethic and perseverance to budgeting and the value of education. Take a look at PayScale's Presidential First Jobs Report, and you'll see how the current crop of presidential candidates' early jobs prepared them for a run at the White House.
  • PayScale's VIP Blog Roundup: How to Update Your LinkedIn Profile (Without Tipping Off the Boss)
    Keeping a job search secret is more complicated these days than not getting busted looking at a job search site on the company time. Part of the problem is that personal brand is so important for job seekers; to show hiring managers and recruiters what you have to offer, you have to keep on top of your social media presence. Of course, nothing tells an employer that you're looking like a freshly updated LinkedIn. So how can you keep your profiles fresh, without making things awkward with your current boss? This week's roundup looks at ways to manage that, plus how to handle rejection during a job search and how to deal with arguably the worst thing about working as a team.
  • Is Work-Life Balance Possible for Educators?
    Whether we're talking about elementary school teachers or professors at the university level, many educators are struggling to find work-life balance. There are some specific ways in which these jobs lend themselves to a kind of all-in approach that leaves one's personal life in the dust. Let's take a look at a few of the reasons why so many educators aren't finding their way to better work-life balance and think about potential solutions.
  • Here's Why Your Employer Should Be Promoting More Women
    A new study released by the Peterson Institute for International Economics and EY, the audit firm formerly known as Ernst & Young, shined an interesting light on the diversity problem in modern companies. First, they found a lack of women in the top seats at companies. Second, they found where that where women had been hired or promoted to top management roles, profits rose.
  • 'Presenteeism' Is Not Your Fault: Why Workers Come to Work Sick
    "If you're sick, stay home." You've heard that from experts ranging from the CDC, to WebMD, to your own mother. If you're lucky, you might even hear it from your boss. Still, many come to work sick, including over half of food service workers. The phenomenon is called "presenteeism," and researchers estimate that it costs employers $150 billion a year – more than either absenteeism or disability. So why do people go to work when they're sick? The reason why is pretty obvious: American workers feel they can't take time off, and a lot of the time, they're right.

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