• 3 Real Ways to Honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at Work
    Starting in the mid-1950s, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s activism set the stage for desegregation, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, but we still haven't reached true equality in the United States, either in private or professional life. For example, African-American workers still earn less and have higher unemployment rates than white workers. But you can help to change that. Here's what you can plan to do at work, starting tomorrow, to honor Dr. King and further his legacy.
  • Fair Pay and Healthcare: 4 Takeaways From the 4th Democratic Debate
    Watching the latest Democratic debate less than a week after the Republican debate, you're immediately struck by the differences between the two parties' events at this stage of the election cycle. It's not just the unsurprising fact that conservatives and liberals disagree on the major issues; it's that the Democrats, who have only three candidates vying for the nomination, have enough time to get into (slightly) more in-depth discussions about their proposals. Barring that, they've at least got more room, both metaphorically and physically on the stage, to argue with one another.
  • Jobs and Wage Growth in the 6th Top-Tier Republican Debate
    Last night's Republican debate in South Carolina started off with a question about jobs, and the economy and the job market dominated the discussion at many points during the night. Pretty much the only point all the candidates admit to agreeing on is that they disagree with President Obama's assertion, made in the State of the Union address earlier in the week, that the "United States of America, right now, has the strongest, most durable economy in the world."
  • PayScale's VIP Blog Roundup: Insulted By Your Raise? Maybe Don't Yell at the Boss
    During a long enough career, most of us will wish for at least one do-over day, when mistakes and missteps are cancelled out and we get to start all over again. In this week's salary negotiation-themed blog roundup (in honor of PayScale's Salary Negotiation Guide!), we look at one Ask a Manager reader who's probably wishing for a mulligan, plus tips on what to do when your co-workers are paid more than you, and a few salary negotiation strategies you've probably never heard of before.
  • PayScale's Latest Reddit AMA Will Answer Your Toughest Questions About Salary Negotiation
    It's the biggest question on every worker's mind: how can I make more money? Many would also like some expert input on how to negotiate salary without annoying the boss, losing a job offer, or just plain looking unprofessional. Well, January 19 is your lucky day. At 10:30 a.m. PST/1:30 p.m. ET, PayScale's salary negotiation experts will take on your toughest questions, plus outline some of the ongoing resources in our newly updated Salary Negotiation Guide. You won't want to miss it.
  • PayScale's Salary Negotiation Guide: It's Time to Get the Salary You Deserve
    Seventy-five percent of people who ask for a raise get one, so why aren't you asking? If you're like many people, it's because you're afraid – 28 percent of respondents to PayScale's survey who didn't ask for more money said it was because they were uncomfortable negotiating salary, while 19 percent said they didn't want to be perceived as pushy. Eight percent were even scared they would lose their job. Most employers won't fire a worker for asking for a raise in a reasonable fashion, but knowing that might not help when you're in a panic. The best approach is to prepare for the salary negotiation discussion ahead of time, and make a plan – and PayScale's Salary Negotiation Guide is here to help.
  • #BigBlockofCheeseDay: Jobs, the Gender Pay Gap, Family Leave, and More
    If you love cheese and you love politics, today is your day on Twitter. OK, fine, the cheese part is just a fun historical reference, wrapped up in a hashtag; Big Block of Cheese Day, first coined on the show The West Wing, dates back to an open house held by President Andrew Jackson in 1837. The reception was Jackson's last in office, and featured a 1,400-pound wheel of cheese and 10,000 guests from the general public. Today, of course, we don't need fromage and an open door to speak to our government directly – we just need Twitter. For the third year in a row, advisors like Vice President Biden and Secretary of Labor Tom Perez took to Twitter to answer the public's questions.
  • #SOTU 2016: American Anxiety, the Changing Economy, and Your Career
    "Anyone claiming that America's economy is in decline is peddling fiction," President Obama said in his last State of the Union Address on Tuesday night. "Now, what is true – and the reason that a lot of Americans feel anxious – is that the economy has been changing in profound ways, changes that started long before the Great Recession hit, changes that have not let up." If you've struggled to find momentum in your career in the last eight or nine years, or even just to stay employed, that won't come as a shock. The question is, what can be done to help American workers weather the change and adapt?
  • 7 Excellent Pieces of Productivity Advice We're Probably Ignoring Right Now
    Ever hear the expression, "Know better, do better?" Despite originating from a pretty lovely Maya Angelou quote, in practice, this phrase has become one of the more teeth-grindingly superior ways for the good citizens of the internet to put each other down, whether the topic is career development or parenting. It's also, in its abbreviated form, unlikely to inspire people to embrace innovation. One thing, and possibly only one thing, is for sure when it comes to human behavior: knowing better definitely does not mean doing better. If it did, we'd all be experts at life and wizards of productivity by now. Let's admit that the true challenge is taking all the advice we've already received. Sometimes, we flat-out ignore the collective wisdom of efficiency experts, and we're not even sorry.
  • #MondayMotivation: 10 Tweets to Help You Fall Back in Love With Your Career
    Feeling a little blah about your job ... or possibly your entire career path? It's possible, of course, that you just have a case of the Mondays, but it's also possible that your post-weekend malaise is a sign that you deserve something better than a job you dread. If you're stuck, these #MondayMotivation tweets might help you reconnect with what once excited you about what you do for a living.
  • 3 Career Lessons From David Bowie
    David Bowie left the earth yesterday. If you're even a casual fan, you probably reacted to the news with shock. Bowie was a rare larger-than-life figure who was too big even for the title of rock star. He was a cultural force, an artist who never stopped growing and innovating, and an example of how much one person can do to change the way the world connects with art and each other. While you weren't looking, he also sneakily taught you a thing or two about how to build your best career.
  • PayScale's VIP Blog Roundup: 13 Signs You Need to Quit Your Job
    It's never a good idea to quit your job without having another job lined up. That said, sometimes there are signals that you should start finding that new job as soon as possible. In this week's roundup, we look at a few symptoms of a job that begs for your resignation letter, plus the best books to read instead of getting a life coach, and the interview follow-up you're not doing.
  • BLS Jobs Report Surprises: 292,000 Jobs Added, Unemployment Steady at 5 Percent
    After Wednesday's National Employment Report from ADP exceeded expectations by more than 60,000 jobs, it would have been disappointing if this morning's report from the Labor Department showed numbers that were merely in line with economists' predictions. Never fear: while economists polled by Reuters were looking for the addition of 195,000 jobs to nonfarm payrolls, the Employment Situation Summary reflected a blockbuster 292,000 added jobs. In addition, the previous two month's numbers were revised upward by a combined 50,000 jobs.
  • How to Leave Your Job at the Office
    Working all the time isn't productive, so why do so many of us check email late at night or early in the morning, or crack open our laptops after dinner to take care of just one more bit of business before turning in? In part, it's because we can. Needless to say, before the advent of email, internet, and mobile computing, workers either stayed late at the office or they went home and concentrated on their personal lives. Technology is both a curse and a blessing for work-life balance, and tipping the scales toward the "blessing" end requires both organizational skills and a healthy amount of self-control.
  • ADP Jobs Report: Private Sector Added 257,000 Jobs in December
    Who would have thought that the last month of the year would show the most jobs added to private payrolls? Certainly, this morning's National Employment Report from payroll processor ADP took economists by surprise: those polled by Reuters were predicting the addition of 192,000 jobs, far below the actual number of 257,000 jobs.
  • 5 Fast-Growing Flexible Jobs You Didn't Know About
    Some jobs lend themselves to flexible arrangements (like telecommuting, part-time, or temporary work) more than others. If you're a medical transcriptionist, a customer service representative, or a graphic designer, you probably already know that your occupation translates well to working from home, for example. But what about jobs that seemingly require a physical presence, whether it's in the classroom or the operating room? Don't be so fast to assume that working from home, on a full- or part-time basis, is out of the question. FlexJobs' latest list, 25 High-Potential Flexible Jobs for 2016, shows that many jobs provide opportunities to earn money while skipping the commute – at least some of the time.
  • Just Stop Saying Sorry in Emails, With This App
    Do you ever look at your emails long after you've hit "send" and cringe, not because of the occasional typo, but because your message reads more like an apology than a statement? If you're a working woman, the answer is probably "yes." Now, thanks to Cyrus Innovation's new Chrome plug-in Just Not Sorry, we can catch those second-nature apologies and qualifiers before we email them, not after.
  • 10 #MondayMotivation Tweets to Beat the Toughest Monday of the Year
    It's hard enough to motivate and be productive on a regular Monday. When the Monday in question is the one that comes right after the winter holidays, well, we could all be forgiven if we'd rather be at home, eating the last leftover cookies and purging the house of wrapping paper. Unfortunately, there's work to be done – the usual Monday fare, plus whatever we didn't get to during the break. If you're having trouble generating enthusiasm for getting back to the grind, these #MondayMotivation tweets might help.
  • PayScale's VIP Blog Roundup: How Will Your Job Change in 2016?
    The world of work changes all the time, often without our even realizing it. For example, if you were in the workforce 20 years ago, you likely couldn't work at home, whereas an increasing number of companies allow workers to do so, at least part-time. (Of course, on the other hand, you also didn't have to check your email on the weekends – technology giveth and technology taketh away.) In the first roundup of 2016, we look at the workplace trends that might change your job next year, as well as lessons to learn from even your worst boss and good habits to save you time and energy in the coming year.
  • The 12 Jobs Projected to Grow 30 Percent By 2024
    Recently, the Bureau of Labor Statistics updated their Occupational Outlook Handbook to reflect projected job growth from 2014-2024. The updated Handbook is essential reading for anyone who's thinking about changing careers in the next few years, and wants to make sure that there are jobs waiting for them on the other side of retraining.

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