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    Even if you absolutely love your job, there's always going to be something about it that you wish you could change. That's the ideal scenario; if you're lucky, you have an issue or two that you'd like to resolve, but nothing that impacts your job satisfaction as a whole. On the other hand, if your problems are beyond minor complaints – if you feel threatened, suffocated, or compromised on your principles, work ethic, or professional and personal well-being – you may be working in a toxic environment.
  • Music for Productivity: Match Your Tracks With Your Tasks
    Look around any office today and you will squint to find more than a handful of people without their ears plugged into headphones. With that said, most people would agree that music helps them work better throughout the day. But did you know that you can legitimately match your music tracks with your tasks, for optimal productivity?
  • The Jobs Gap: Why the Uncontrolled Gender Pay Gap Is Worse Than 78 Cents on the Dollar
    On the surface, PayScale's latest report on the gender pay gap seems like good news: when controlled for factors like job title, experience, and education, the data show that women currently earn 97 cents for every dollar a man earns. That 2.7 percent gap isn't the 0.0 percent we'd like, but it's a lot better than the 78-cents-on-the-dollar figure we often hear reported. But, if we look at the uncontrolled data, and compare all working women's earnings to those of all working men, the gap gets significantly larger – 74 cents to the dollar, for a gap of 25.6 percent.
  • Why It's a Great Idea to Work From Home
    While some might say that telecommuting is the absolute worst, there are plenty of employees (and employers) who love it. Not everything wonderful about working from home involves your pajamas, but let's start there, shall we?
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  • Is the Gender Pay Gap a Myth? 3 Highlights From PayScale's Reddit AMA
    Earlier today, PayScale did a Reddit AMA to discuss its latest report, Inside the Gender Pay Gap. Hosted by PayScale's Vice President of Data Analytics and Lead Economist Katie Bardaro, Senior Director of Editorial and Marketing Lydia Frank, Senior Managing Editor Aubrey Bach, and Lead Data Analyst and Data Visualization Specialist Gina Bremer, the AMA addressed everyone's most pressing questions about the gender pay gap – including the ever-popular, "Isn't the gender pay gap a myth?"
  • What Would Your 18-Year-Old Self Say If They Could See You Now?
    In 1977, back when he was 18, Peter "Stoney" Emshwiller filmed half of an interview. As a 56-year-old, he completed the conversation by filming the other half. The final result is a powerful project called Later That Same Life. In the video, which he hopes to someday "make a polished, professional feature film," Emshwiller's 18-year-old self interviews his older self about family, career, and life in general. The piece is both touching and thought-provoking.
  • 5 Things to Do When You Drop the Ball at Work
    Mistakes are pretty common in all areas of life. The workplace is no exception. The only difference is that the stakes might be higher. Depending on the severity of your goof, your job may be at risk. If you're fortunate enough to realize your mistake before it causes a major catastrophe and puts you and your manager in a tough situation, there are a few things you can do.
  • PayScale's Reddit AMA: Inside the Gender Pay Gap
    We often hear the statistic that women make 78 cents for every dollar a man earns, but is that number accurate, and if so, does it tell the whole story? On Tuesday, November 17, at 10:30 a.m. PST (and 1:30 p.m. EST), PayScale will do a Reddit AMA to discuss the gender pay gap. We'll answer all your questions about why women still earn less than men in every industry, and what can be done to fix the problem. Read on for details about how to attend our latest Reddit AMA, and ask our compensation experts anything.
  • What to Do When You Are Stuck in a Career Rut
    There could be several reasons you feel you're stuck at a dead-end job – your career is not going anywhere, you no longer feel motivated to do your job, you don't feel this is the field you want to be in, you've reached a career ceiling and so on. If you're struggling to make a decision about your next step, here are some tips that can help.
  • 7 Interview Questions That Get at What Really Matters
    Eliciting meaningful and sincere responses from prospective reports during the interview process can be a lot harder than in looks, especially when you're a new manager and haven't done it before. It can be all too easy for candidates to misrepresent themselves to some extent during the hiring process. Some questions are better than others for keeping it real and getting at what really matters. So, if you're a new manager and hiring for the first time, here's what to ask to get real answers, instead of just fluff.
  • 8 Signs You're Getting Burned Out at Work
    In the current job market, workers are asked to do more with less, do several jobs at once, and burn the midnight oil more often. That's what high performers do, right? The problem is that if you're asked to give a little extra all the time, sooner or later, you're going to run out of extra to give. When that happens, you're looking at job burnout.
  • The 6 Most Endangered Jobs of 2015
    Recently, CareerCast came out with the most up-to-date version of their endangered jobs list. You might notice that many of the industries associated with the jobs listed here have been impacted by technology in one way or another. This isn't a big surprise, but it should resonate as a bit of a warning for folks who find their jobs on this list.
  • Which Employer Would You Choose Based on Perks?
    More and more companies are hopping on the employee perks bandwagon nowadays – and it's not just big-brand names that are dishing out the goods. From small start-ups to international corporations, employee perks are becoming more commonplace, probably because happy employees = healthy profits. Take a look at the companies that are offering some of the best perks around and let us know which one you'd choose as your employer.
  • 5 #WorkFail Tweets Guaranteed to Probably Make You Laugh
    From wardrobe malfunctions to co-workers seeing you do your thing in a bathroom stall, we collected the most hilarious #WorkFails on Twitter with a side of usable career advice to help you move forward.
  • PayScale's VIP Blog Roundup: Is Oversharing Hurting Your Career?
    It's a catch-22: in order to build a successful career in the 21st century, you need a personal brand. In order to build a personal brand, you need to participate in social media. But, the easiest way to tank said personal brand, and possibly your career as well, is to say something dumb online – which is, of course, easy to do, thanks to social media. This week's roundup looks at how to manage the urge to say just a little too much online; plus, how to get noticed for the good stuff, not the bad, and 29 questions to answer to discover the real you.
  • 6 Tips to Climb the Corporate Ladder
    Want to be the boss someday? In addition to gaining experience and building skill sets, you'll need to take on new responsibilities and rise to the level of your next job. While ambition is key, there is more to proving that you are ready for the next level, if you want to make it big in the corporate world.
  • Why Do Married Moms Make Less Than Married Dads?
    The largest gender pay gap, according to PayScale's latest report, is between married women with children and married men with children. This is true whether you look at uncontrolled data, or controlled data that accounts for job type, education, management responsibilities, and location, and so on. It's that controlled data that tells the real story. Generally, when we talk about why women earn less than men, we attribute the discrepancy, at least in part, to the idea that women are more likely to prioritize family over work. But, respondents to PayScale's survey, which forms the basis for the report, told us a very different story.
  • 5 Ways to Tell If the Corporate Culture Is Right for You ... Before Accepting a Job Offer
    Finding the right company is just as important as finding the right job. Far too many professionals take the first job offer thrown their way out of desperation and impulse, without considering whether the company is a good fit, culturally. That's like marrying someone after the first or second date without knowing anything about that person, other than what you gathered online. A little crazy, right? Unfortunately, what ends up happening is that these eager professionals quickly grow unhappy in their jobs after discovering that it wasn't love at first sight – and this, folks, is why there are so many unhappy and disgruntled workers in America.
  • Dear Kate Winslet, We Need to Talk (About Pay)
    Normally, I'm the first in line to join the Kate Winslet Fangirl Club. Between her undeniable acting talent, and her frank discussions about subjects like body image and the way Hollywood treats women as they age, she really seems like a cool, confident, smart lady. But in a recent interview with the BBC, she called the public conversation around the gender pay gap "vulgar."

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