• What's So Wrong With European Work Culture, Anyway?
    There's an unfortunate stereotype about Europe that often rears its head when politicians are talking about the U.S. economy and work culture. Comparisons with countries like France and Italy can characterize these European states as lazy, unmotivated, and dangerous for free market growth.
  • Democratic Town Hall in Iowa: The Candidates' Answers to Questions on Jobs
    As we get closer to the election, the primary races start to feel more like a boxing match. The Democrats are less likely to throw blows at one another than the candidates in the wider Republican field, but they do fall into the kind of media caricatures that feel more appropriate for professional athletes. You can even imagine what would be painted on their boxing robes: Bernie Sanders, the Heart; Hillary Clinton, the Head; Martin O'Malley, the Dark Horse. Last night's CNN Iowa Democratic Presidential Town Hall allowed the candidates to speak slightly more in depth, and try to get beyond the sound bites by answering voters' questions directly.
  • How to Feel More Comfortable at Work: Blind Dates
    Even in small and midsized businesses, it can feel difficult to get to know the people you work with. You may be a tight-knit team in your own department, but the folks over in accounting might as well be at a different company. Smart businesses like Toronto-based FreshBooks are starting to take notice of this and have found an unconventional, albeit effective solution: setting their employees up on blind dates.
  • Too Scared to Negotiate Salary? Try These 3 Things
    Along with strategic advice on getting paid what you deserve, PayScale's Salary Negotiation Guide offers insight into why you're not already commanding a salary that's commensurate with your skills and experience. For example, if you're like many people, you might be too scared to ask. Of the 57 percent of respondents to PayScale's survey who said that they had never negotiated salary, more than half refrained for reasons that boiled down to fear. Twenty-eight percent of non-negotiators said they were afraid to negotiate salary, while 19 percent didn't want to be perceived as pushy, and 8 percent were afraid of losing their jobs.
  • Diversity Talk Makes White Men Anxious, and Other Reasons Diversity Programs Fail
    Diversity in the workplace has been proven to foster innovation and creativity and improve recruitment and retention, and diverse teams are better at solving problems than teams that aren't diverse. Despite all of this, a lot of companies aren't diversifying the way evidence would suggest that they should. Women in the Workplace, a joint study from LeanIn.org and McKinsey, found that women are underrepresented in senior leadership, and a 2014 analysis from Russell Reynolds found that more than 84 percent of board seats in the Fortune 250 are held by people who identify as white. Why aren't companies more diverse, given all we know about diversity's benefits?
  • #MondayMotivation: 10 Tweets to Inspire Productivity (While You're Wasting Time on Twitter)
    It's Monday, and for those of us engaged in post-blizzard cleanup, work is about the furthest thing from our minds. Of course, the difference between a professional and amateur is that professionals show up even when they don't wanna. (Also: money. But showing up is definitely important.) If you're feeling spectacularly unmotivated today, the good citizens of Twitter have your back. These are some of the most inspiring tweets and useful advice at today's #MotivationMonday hashtag party.
  • 5 Work Snacks That Won't Derail Your Resolutions
    Isn't January the worst? You've gotten a few weeks into the New Year, and all you want to do is eat your feelings while you browse travel sites for beach getaways that won't break the bank. Instead of all that, try focusing on the here and now (and, fine, work). This year, try mindful snacking at work instead of mindless eating. You'll be more productive (and avoid those neon orange Cheetos fingers, too).
  • 5 Movies to Inspire You at Work
    The winter doldrums might have set in, but we always will have the escape of the cinema, right? Here are some movies you can check out that will help light the fire under you in the office. The good news? Not all of them take place in a cube farm that might look all too familiar.
  • Thermostat Regulation Tips for a Feuding Workplace
    It sounds like a silly thing, but if you're the one responsible for regulating the thermostat at the office, you already know what an issue it can be. You might also be invested in this problem if you're tired of feeling super hot or, alternatively, way too cold at work. So, to help you through the long cold winter, here are a few guidelines for your office that should help everyone get along during prime thermostat-battle season.
  • Fox Offered Gillian Anderson Half of Duchovny's Salary for 'The X-Files'
    Mulder and Scully, arguably one of the most memorable teams on TV, are in the spotlight today, and it's not just because of the revival of the supernatural hit show The X-Files. It's about a more serious topic: the gender pay gap.
  • What to Do When You Can't Meet the Project Deadline
    Let's say your manager has assigned a project to you. You're already working on a few priorities, but you accept this anyway. Why? Any one of a number of reasons. Maybe you think the project is going to add to your skillsets, or you want your manager to know that you are willing to take on new challenges, or you just can't say no to your manager. Whatever the case, once you've started the project, you realize, you really don't have the time and resources to deliver. So what now?
  • PayScale's VIP Blog Roundup: Do I Get Paid for That Snow Day?
    Snow days aren't as much fun for adults as they are for kids, especially if you're not quite sure what inclement weather means for your paycheck. In this week's roundup, we look at who gets paid during snow days and other days off due to inclement weather, plus how to protect yourself from age discrimination on your resume and what to do right after a networking event.
  • 5 Tips for Losing Weight at Work Without Annoying Everyone Else
    For many of us, the start to a new year feels like it's brimming with possibilities. Setting a goal to lose weight at this time of year (or simply stay fit and healthy) is very common; in fact, it's the most popular New Year's resolution around. But, we often find that as the days of January tick by, those goals and good intentions slip away, as well. Perhaps things can be different this year, though. Chances are, many of your co-workers have similar goals. Maybe you can help each other and even enjoy yourselves a bit along the way.
  • How to Recognize a Toxic Worker Before They Do Their Worst
    A recent working paper from Harvard Business School has gone deep into the icky world of the dreaded toxic worker. Yep, they've done the dirty work, exploring 50,000 workers at 11 companies to learn all they can about the worst of the worst. What they found about spotting toxic workers on the job might surprise you.
  • How to Work Two Jobs, But Keep Your Head
    Second jobs can be everything from part-time opportunities in an emerging field or personal projects that you'd like to make into a reality. Maybe you want to tackle something that your workplace can't offer you, or that can't sustain you, financially. Either way, a second job can be a great help to your career, or a great danger to your personal health and well-being. Here's how to deal with it all.
  • 3 Reasons to Switch Careers, Even When You're 'Too Old'
    You may be thinking that an old dog can't learn new tricks (or find someone to pay them for learning of said tricks), but it simply isn't true. Even if you're an "older" member of the workforce, you can (and maybe should) think about switching careers. New jobs and different responsibilities can lead you to discovering amazing things about your personality, interests, and what makes you actually want to get up in the morning. Now, here are some good reasons to think about switching.
  • The Most Germ-Filled Parts of Your Commute (and How to Deal With Them)
    Your hands might be clean when you leave your front door, but think about all the things you touch along the way to work every day. Whether you ride public transit and hang from the bus straps, or get in your car that's also the grade-school carpool wagon, you're bound to hit some germy quagmires along the way. Here's how to deal with all that ick.
  • 3 Ways Men Can Address the Gender Pay Gap
    The gender pay gap is all too real. So what can be done about it? Whether you're male or female, pay inequity can feel like a problem that's too big for you to affect or tackle by yourself. If you're a man, you might even feel more helpless to change things, because the issue isn't affecting you directly. In some respects, you'd be right. The pay gap is much bigger than just one person or company or industry. That said, here are a handful of ways in which men can help address this discriminatory issue – both within the workplace and outside of those office walls.
  • 4 People Who Actually Love Their Job (and How They Figured It Out)
    There are plenty of people out there who work the 9-5 grind without feeling much satisfaction about it at the end of the day. But there are also the lucky few who broke from the norm and have been able to successfully connect passion with pay. A recent AskReddit reveals who actually likes their jobs, and how they eventually figured it out.
  • Avoid These 3 Common Job-Hunting Scams
    Job hunting can feel a lot like dating in a big city: it's unbelievably time-consuming, rarely yields results, and despite the myriad "options," you end up with nothing but a drained bank account and a lower sense of self worth. So I'm told. Worse, there are a lot of people out there looking to make some money off of your desperation. Thankfully, we've identified some of the biggest job hunting scams so that you don't have to experience them firsthand.

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