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  • Write Things Down to Avoid Ambiguity and Conflict at Work

    Lack of good communication results in misunderstandings, differing expectations, and anxiety. If you reduce ambiguity in your communications, you reduce conflict and increase productivity. Yes, it really is that simple. Here's how.

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  • 3 Terrible Pieces of Career Advice for Women

    Are you sick of just about every buzzword or phrase that applies to women's careers in the 21st century? You're not alone. Being a woman with a career in 2014 means navigating a minefield of conflicting advice and ideologies. Here are the biggest pitfalls to dodge.

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  • Work Colleges Offer a Unique ROI

    Many students graduate with epic amounts of student loan debt -- unless they attend one of seven work colleges in the US. These colleges require students to be employed at the school in any one of a variety of roles, both to earn money for tuition and to gain real-life work experience as they go, thus making college more affordable.
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  • 3 Effective Exercises You Can Do at Your Desk

    In a perfect world, every worker would have access to a standing or treadmill desk, or enough time to fit in a few short workouts during the day. Needless to say, most of us don't work and live in a perfect world.

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  • Is It Still Worth It to Study Humanities?

    Take a look at the top schools in PayScale's College ROI data package, and one thing quickly becomes clear: If you want to become a millionaire (or at least, a hundred-thousandaire) by working, majoring in a STEM field is a good foundation. But that doesn't mean that majoring in humanities is a waste of your time, even from a financial perspective.

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  • LinkedIn Shows Us Why It Pays to Be Adaptable [infographic]

    If your dream job opened up across the country -- or in a totally different industry -- would you go for it, or would you let the opportunity go by? If you're like many of us, you might be inclined not to even apply. That's partly because adaptability, while valued by employers, is a rare trait in job applicants.

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  • Learn to Love 'Bad' Grades, Make More Money Later On

    Why do fewer women major in STEM fields? In part, research suggests, it's because they don't want to risk earning less-than-amazing grades -- even if a B in a science field would allow them to graduate with a better-paying degree than an A in humanities.

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  • Would You Miss HR, If Your Company Got Rid of It?

    Human resources gets a lot of flak from other departments in the company. Much of the good they do (administering benefits, for example) is invisible, while their less enjoyable duties (handing out pink slips) are right out in the open for all to see. Recently, a few companies have done away with HR altogether, replacing some functions with software that automates payroll and benefits, etc. But are workers really better off without an HR department?

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  • Meditation Improves Productivity

    When we think of meditation, we may think of relaxation, breathing, and emptying the mind of stressful thoughts. It may be surprising to learn that the act of quiet meditation increases mental acuity and makes us more productive at work. Instead of meditation emptying our minds, it actually helps fill them with improved concentration and creativity.
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  • These 5 Companies Employ the Most Low-Wage Workers

    The debate over raising the minimum wage revolves, to a certain extent, around the idea that paying low-wage workers more money might cause their employers to cut hours or stop hiring altogether. And while there's evidence to support the idea that some companies would respond to a federal minimum wage hike by hiring fewer workers, that doesn't necessarily mean that employers of low-paid workers would do so out of strict necessity.

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  • PayScale Unaffected By Heartbleed Bug

    The Heartbleed bug that has likely been giving many website IT departments heartburn as they attempt to scramble to implement a fix fortunately did not impact usernames or passwords on PayScale.com or any of its compensation products for businesses like PayScale MarketRate™, PayScale Insight™, and PayScale Insight Expert™. Your PayScale passwords are safe and do not need to be changed.
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  • Would You Keep Your Job, Even If You Won the Lottery?

    The "Do What You Love" movement is problematic, to say the least: it undervalues labor performed by people with less access to education, and subtly shifts the blame for poor working conditions on laborers themselves, instead of employers and legislators. But it is worth it to think about what you'd do, if finances didn't dictate that you absolutely had to keep your job, no matter what. For one thing, it might illuminate some things about what your future goals should be.

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  • New Aid for Undocumented Students: Which Schools Offer the Best ROI?

    Washington State recently became the fifth state to enact legislation offering financial aid to students who arrived in the country illegally by way of their parents. Now that college is within reach of a new population, finding the right school for the money becomes the next hurdle.
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  • Severance Payments Are Taxable

    Most people don't want to think about losing their jobs. However, it is best to know the law and to plan ahead just in case you get surprised by bad news. It may come as a shock to hear that severance payments are taxable.

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  • Employees 'Recalled' Mozilla's Former CEO

    Brendan Eich lasted two weeks as CEO of Mozilla before pressure from employees led to his resignation. The reason for that pressure? Eich's $1,000 donation to California's Proposition 8, a 2008 ballot initiative that banned gay marriage in the state.

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  • Does Wearable Tech Have a Place in the Office?

    Fitbits. Google Glass. Jawbones. These are all devices and gadgets you've likely heard of, and they're wearables that are changing the way millions of people live their life. Many of these people wear these devices all day long -- even bringing them into the office.
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  • 3 Tips for Unemployed Workers Over 50

    It’s no secret that if you are over 50 and job searching, you will likely have a more difficult time than your younger counterparts in getting hired. There are a few simple steps you can take, however, that can help boost your chances of landing your next job.
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  • How the Heartbleed Security Flaw Affects You at Work

    Monday night, security researchers reported the discovery of the Heartbleed bug, a serious security flaw affecting the software that encrypts the transaction of private data on many major services, like Yahoo and Flickr. (A snapshot of many vulnerable sites is available at Github.) If you use any of these services at work, your concerns aren't just personal, they're professional.

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  • How Will Wal-Mart React to New Overtime Laws?

    A Wal-Mart manager recently gave Salon an exclusive view into the darkest side of Wal-Mart: how they treat their employees. With anticipated changes in overtime laws, some have wondered if Wal-Mart will be forced to hire more people. This insider has other ideas about how Wal-Mart will react to stricter fair pay regulations.
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  • Hating Your Job Can Wreck Your Health

    It's rare to make it through an entire career without ever having a bad job, but there's a big difference between a boring gig and a soul-crusher. The former is a stepping stone to something else; the latter can affect your attitude toward your specific career and the working world in general. Hang on long enough, or endure too much, and it can even make you sick.

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