• What's Your Employer's Philosophy: Work to Live or Live to Work?
    In 2006, Treehouse CEO Ryan Carson decided to give employees of the Portland, Oregon-based technology education company three-day weekends every week, arguing that living to work instead of working to live is not the best (or at least only) key to a company's profitability and overall success. But, that doesn't mean that his decision was motivated solely by a desire to be a more humane boss. Employers making similar decisions are just as interested in the bottom line as they are in making workers' lives better. It turns out, working less sometimes means producing more – and better – work.
  • 5 Ways to Boost Productivity on Your 15-Minute Break
    Is your brain saying "Friday," while the calendar insists it's Wednesday? The monotony of the day-in and day-out of your job can cause your productivity to come to a screeching halt long before the workweek is over. These 15-minute productivity boosters will help you get back on track, so that you can clock-out with confidence.
  • Stop Wishing Your Job Was More Creative and Make It So
    Did you ever wish you had a job that allowed you to exercise more creativity? You're not alone. Today's workers crave opportunities to exercise creativity, and they want to work for a company that allows them to take creative risks. But, it's not all up to your employer. Here are some tips for being more creative at work, no matter what you do for a living.
  • Need to Vent? BetterCompany Lets You Talk Anonymously About Work
    One of the trickiest and most annoying things you'll have to deal with in your career is office drama. One app aims to combat office politics by creating a "safe place" for co-workers to discuss work matters openly and honestly with one another, all while remaining anonymous. Read on to learn more (and where you can sign up).
  • These Are the 5 Least Meaningful Jobs (According to the People Who Do Them)
    Even if your job is just for the paycheck, and you get most of your joy and satisfaction after work hours are over, you probably don't want to work at a totally meaningless gig. After all, if you're going to spend at least a third of your life – and most of your waking hours during your workweek – at your job, it'd be nice if you got something out of it besides the means to pay the rent. If meaningful work is important to you, you'll want to take a look at PayScale's latest report, The Most and Least Meaningful Jobs – special emphasis on these jobs, which workers say are least likely to make the world a better place.
  • 10 Female STEM Stars Under 30
    Women make up only 24 percent of the STEM workforce in the US, according to the Department of Commerce, and some fields are worse than others. Women represent only 14 percent of the country's engineers, but make up 47 percent of mathematicians and statisticians, 47 percent of life scientists, and 63 percent of social scientists. But as these rising stars of the tech industry show, women are making an impact on STEM. Given the impressive laundry list of accomplishments already made by all of the women on our list at such a young age, it's safe to say that both they and their careers are something to watch.
  • Programs That Promise Jobs for Grads Remind Us That a Degree Isn't a Guarantee
    Much of the next election will be centered around which candidate can provide the best path for new jobs and a growing economy. Some candidates have promised 4 percent growth every year. Others say the answer lies in massive government spending on infrastructure repair. Now, a group of U.S. companies has decided not to wait for the next president: they call themselves the 100K Opportunities Initiative.
  • Does the Boss's Gender Change How Men Negotiate Salary?
    Salary negotiation is important. The salary you command at the start of a new job impacts your pay for the remainder of your time with the company, and possibly beyond. Over time, not negotiating can cost you hundreds of thousands of dollars in lost pay. Furthermore, people who ask for raises earn more than those who don't. We know that women are less likely to negotiate than men, but gender can also impact negotiation from the other side of the table. Recent research suggests that men negotiate differently when their boss is a woman.
  • No, Millennial Women Aren't Taking a 'Career Pause'
    We've all heard the myth of the "career pause" – it's used as an excuse when bosses decide not to hire young women. To explain it in the simplest terms, it's the idea that a woman will plan to take time off from her career to raise a family, in some modern iteration of the cult of domesticity. After all, bosses (and journalists) claim, young women will just get pregnant, and go on leave. Then, they'll stay home, need a flex-schedule, choose a lesser job, or in other ways divert from what could be considered a standard career path.
  • Don't Dismiss Small Talk; Use It for Big Talk
    Small talk exists in nearly every language. In Japan, it comes in the form of short grunts and nods called "aizuchi." In Persian culture, they're "taarof." In his 1923 essay, The Problem of Meaning in Primitive Language, Polish anthropologist Bronisław Malinowski coined the term "phatic communion" to describe small talk as "language used more for the purpose of establishing an atmosphere or maintaining social contact than for exchanging information or ideas." Whatever you call it, small talk plays a role in most cultures. And for most people, it either comes naturally or it doesn't. In fact, many of us hate it, particularly in a career context.
  • More Summer Jobs for Teens, But Do They Want Them?
    The impact of the Great Recession was far-reaching. Although the economy has started to improve in recent years, things aren't the way they used to be. This is true for teens as well as adults. The teen labor force is a complicated matter, with a lot of different factors contributing to the current summer employment reality. Let's take a closer look at a few facts pertaining to summer jobs for teens in 2015.
  • 5 Reasons Millennial Women Are Saying 'I Do' to Their Careers Instead of Marriage
    Did you know that 25 percent of today's young adults will likely never have been married by the time they reach their mid-40s to mid-50s? We'll take a look at why so many millennials prefer to marry their careers rather than their significant others.
  • What Does 'Job Meaning' Mean, Anyway?
    PayScale's latest report, The Most and Least Meaningful Jobs, looks at which occupations are described by workers as making the world a better place. The jobs that make the list probably won't come as a surprise – surgeon is on there, as is English teacher and clergy member – but that doesn't mean that every high-meaning job looks exactly the same.
  • PayScale's VIP Blog Roundup: The Case of the Singing Employee
    What's the weirdest thing you've ever seen at the office? For one manager, it's probably the time a report pulled out a harmonica and started singing his status update. The question, of course: is that OK? And if not, how exactly do you tell your subordinate that this is not the opera episode of Mr. Rogers? All that, plus avoiding student mistakes, and how to accept a job offer the right way, in this week's roundup.
  • The Real Reason Your Employer Should Pay You More
    Has a case of the Mondays ever turned into a case of the Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays? Or have you ever gotten to the end of a week and realized that the majority of your goals weren't met? That you didn't feel all that accomplished — more like you sort-of floated through the week? You're not alone, and the best answer probably isn't in quitting your job.
  • These Jobs Make the World a Worse Place (Say the People Who Do Them)
    What did you want to be when you grew up? Chances are, it was along the lines of unicorn wrangler or astronaut/basketball player – just the sort of thing that's impossible find a major in, never mind a grownup job. That doesn't mean that all real jobs are boring or unsatisfying; during the compilation of PayScale's latest report, The Most and Least Meaningful Jobs, workers with titles as diverse as English teacher and chiropractor told us that their jobs made the world a better place. And then were the other folks, the ones whose jobs made them long for the days when "vet who specializes only in kittens" seemed like a reasonable career path.
  • Debunking 4 Myths About Teachers' Pay
    Most agree that teaching is an important job. Teachers have an enormous impact on the people they teach, and their former students go on to shape the world – for good or for ill. Given that, some feel that teachers should receive higher compensation for their work. Others, on the other hand, believe teachers already receive adequate and fair pay. There are a lot of myths out there about teachers' pay. Let's take a closer look at a few of them and see if we can't replace some common misunderstandings with facts.
  • Jobs to Thrill Your Inner Child: A Life of LEGO
    Peter Pan Syndrome is a real thing, and our cultural zeitgeist is rife with both fictional and nonfictional examples of the pop psychology concept of puer aeternus: essentially, people who'd prefer not to grow up. While perpetual adolescence is fundamentally problematic in many real-life scenarios, there are some who have figured out how to channel their youthful sensibility into their careers in both interesting, and in some cases, remarkably profitable ways. To that end, we've compiled a list of 10 of the world's most unique, real-life jobs with the power to thrill your inner child, and will be rolling out in-depth profiles on each occupation, ranging from the earning potential of a professional Ice Cream Taster, to the job skills required of a Human Hedge. Read on to learn the nuts and bolts of the first career up on the list: "LEGO Professor / LEGO Builder," and be sure to check back for new profiles in the coming weeks!
  • 7 Career Tips for Millennials From Famous Success Stories
    If you're early on in your career, it's okay if you don't know exactly what you want to do with the rest of your life – join the club. Regardless of what career path you end up choosing, it's wise to plan as much as possible for the road ahead. To help you out, here are seven valuable pieces of advice from some of the world's most inspirational influencers to help you navigate through your career successfully.
  • SEM Strategists – We All Want to Know, Why Do You Hate Your Job?
    This week, we released our annual Most and Least Meaningful Jobs report, featuring a special category for Jobs That Make the World Worse, where we asked workers if they felt their job makes the world a better place. On this list, you wont be too shocked to find that occupations like Fast Food Workers, Warehouse Pickers, and Table Game Floor Supervisors topped the list. But what about SEM Strategists? SEM Strategists tied for fourth on our list of Jobs That Make the World Worse, and I want to know why.

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