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  • How the Supreme Court Ruling on Same-Sex Marriage Could Affect Employee Benefits
    On Friday, the Supreme Court handed down its decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, effectively legalizing gay marriage in the 13 states in which it wasn't permitted by law. In his majority opinion, Justice Anthony Kennedy said, "Rising from the most basic human needs, marriage is essential to our most profound hopes and aspirations." Some of those more practical needs are about to be at the forefront of your employer's HR policies in the coming months. Here's what you can expect to see, in terms of changes to your employee benefits.
  • Women Apologize Too Much. Here's How to Stop.
    When you're a kid, the message about apologies is clear: when you're wrong – or even if you hurt someone by mistake – say you're sorry. The problem is, as kids grow into adults, one half of the human race seems to retain the message ... while the other half reserves their apologies for special occasions. (You know which is which.) Why, exactly, do women feel that they must apologize all the time, and how can they curb the impulse, especially at work?
  • Americans Are Working at Home More Than They Used To
    Last year, on days when they worked, 23 percent of employed Americans worked at least part of the day at home, according to the American Time Use Survey, which was released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics earlier this week. That's up from 2003, the first year in which figures were recorded, when 19 percent of employed U.S. workers spent at least part of their working days doing their jobs from home.
  • PayScale's VIP Blog Roundup: The Real Way to Become a Better Listener
    If you've ever tried to up your listening game, you know it's harder than it seems. It's not a matter of simply cultivating interest in what the speaker is saying, or suppressing the tendency to wait for your chance to talk. This week's roundup includes insight into why you can't become a better listener, just by listening harder – plus, how to improve, the right way, and an explanation of why all those productivity hacks aren't helping you to get more done.
  • If Robots Take Our Jobs, Do People Still Need to Work?
    Robots are coming for (some of) our jobs. The question is, how many of our jobs can we expect to lose to automation, how soon will it happen – and most importantly, what will happen to us, the humble humans who are used to trading labor for cash, and cash for the things we need to survive?
  • By 2025, ROI for Public Colleges Will Outpace Private By 24 Percent
    Seven out of 10 college seniors graduate with student loan debt, so determining the ROI on their degree is more important than ever before. For this reason, the most important decision students make might be one they don't consciously consider: whether to attend a public or private college.
  • Career Advice From 4 Famous Dads
    If you're close to your dad – or another beloved father figure – you've probably got big plans today to show him how important he is to you. Of course, if you really want to make his heart soar, the best thing you can do is listen to him. It might even be in your best interests: while dads tend to be on their kids' side, and thus far from neutral, their perspective is pretty valuable and could give your career the boost it's been lacking.
  • PayScale's VIP Blog Roundup: A Background Check ... Before the Interview?
    For the most part, today's workers are used to the idea that they'll have to jump through some hoops to get a job, up to and including a background check. Generally speaking, however, the privacy-invasion part of the job search process happens once the offer is on the table. What would you do if a prospective employer insisted on digging into your background ... before you even had a job interview? That question, plus "Tinder for job seekers," and the little resume mistakes that really matter, in this week's roundup.
  • Your Boss Wants You to Be Happy at Work (and That's Bad News)
    The sound you hear is your boss tossing his computer out the window after reading that headline. After all, isn't working for people who care about their employees' feelings a good thing? Before you accuse anyone of being an ingrate, rest assured: individual bosses who care are still a positive. However, as the recently published book The Happiness Industry suggests, the science of "happiness at work" has a dark side, and less to do with your emotional health than your ability to produce, produce, produce.
  • Queen Bee Syndrome Is Not a Thing
    Women, amirite? When they're not weeping or scheming, they're tearing each other down at work. Or, at least, that's how the theory goes. It's called Queen Bee Syndrome, and it's occupied a place in workplace lore for as long as women have been represented in the labor force. There's just one problem. A recent study shows that it's probably not true.
  • Oregon to Employers: No, You Can't Make Workers Have a Facebook Account
    Technology moves faster than law. As a result, the era of social media has been a tricky one for workers' rights. Various state and federal courts have settled questions about whether employers can ask their employees for access to their accounts and whether complaining about work on social networks counts as collective bargaining. The latest frontier in social media-related employment law: mandating that workers maintain social media accounts in the first place.
  • Career Success Guide: How to Stay Employed (Even When You're Unemployed)
    Whether you're just starting your career, or have been working for years, one thing is certain: it's harder to find a job when you don't have one. That's helpful to know if you're considering quitting a job without having another one lined up, but if you're a recent grad, newly laid-off, or just plain between gigs, well, there's not much you can do, right? Not so fast.
  • Virgin Might Bring Its Year-Long Parental Leave to the US
    Last week, Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson announced that employees of Virgin Management in London and Geneva will receive a year of maternity or paternity leave, at full pay, to be shared between parents. Shortly after, a Virgin spokesperson confirmed to ABC News that the company was considering extending the policy to management in the U.S., as well, saying that they were "in the process of working hard on making this happen in the U.S., and hope to have an update in the coming months."
  • 5 Ways to Get Stuff Done When Literally Everyone Is On Vacation
    Ah, summer, season of endless, lazy days by the pool or at the park, decompressing from work and enjoying life ... unless, that is, you're the poor sucker that's stuck back at the office, while every teammate, client, and vendor is away having a good time. Before you use these fruitless hours to write your modern Cinderella story (and you're welcome, by the idea, for the idea) take heart. You can still get your job done, with a little planning and a lot of creativity.
  • Why Every Job Seeker Should Write Their Autobiography
    Thanks to social media, when most of hear "biography," we think of Twitter mini-bios – the kind that contain a bunch of one-word descriptors, punctuated by periods, and are limited to 160 characters. But according to Aliza Licht, author of Leave Your Mark: Land Your Dream Job. Kill It in Your Career. Rock Social Media, we might want to start thinking bigger, especially if we're not getting job offers.
  • 3 Totally Painless Networking Tips for People Who Hate Networking
    Even if you're the shyest or most introverted person in the world, you're probably already networking, without even knowing it. That's because "networking" is a terrible word for a thing most of us do anyway: build relationships. The goal is to maximize what you're already doing, plus look for additional opportunities that fit with your personality and lifestyle – in other words, to network painlessly, in a way that will build your career and not drive you crazy.
  • PayScale's VIP Blog Roundup: Quiz – Are You Living Up to Your Full Potential?
    When we were in school, guidance counselors checked in with us to see how we were progressing. As adults, well, let's just say we could go a long time without thinking about whether we're still headed in the right direction. This week's roundup looks at a simple quiz to help workers be their own guidance counselors. Plus: how to kill collaboration, not that you'd want to, and how to work with those co-workers you wish would find another job.
  • Early Career Success Guide: How to Find Your Own Personal 'Board of Directors'
    One of the toughest parts of transitioning from being a full-time student to a working professional is the lack of framework. All of a sudden, there are no tests, no grades, no clearly defined projects with a beginning, middle, and end. Success is harder to define, and while the sky's the limit, the goal posts can seem to toward the horizon with every step you take. The good news? While your working hours belong to the company, your career belongs only to you.
  • 5 Tricky Ways to Shorten Meetings
    Meetings are a mystery. Everyone claims to hate them, and yet they proliferate on our calendars like Tribbles on Star Trek. The explanations for why that happens are many and varied, including different goals for management and staff, ineffective communication techniques, and just plain old ego. (If you've ever had a boss who loved to hear himself talk, you're familiar with this issue.) Here's how to keep meetings short and get back your time.
  • Early Career Success Guide: Don't Forget About the Soft Skills
    Hard skills will help you get the job, but if you want to keep it (and excel) you need soft skills as well. Knowing how to communicate effectively, rebound from a setback, and express commitment to your work will impress the boss, your co-workers, and your company's clients – all of which will make it easier to show off what you can do.