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  • 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.
  • Feeling Anxious? Try These 5 Things
    A lot of people struggle with anxiety. It's extremely common actually; over 40 million adults in the US, 18 and older, struggle with it. But, just because anxiety is common, that doesn't make it any easier to cope with when it's happening to you. Thankfully, there are some things you can do to manage or even reduce the strain. Consider these tips.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 5 Tips for Managing, Reducing, and Repurposing Stress
    High levels of stress can be very dangerous, exacerbating existing health problems and even creating new ones. Most Americans report unhealthy stress levels, and 1 in 5 people qualify their stress levels as "extremely high." Even though more than 60 percent of people report that they've tried to reduce their stress in the last five years, more than half, 53 percent, are still trying to meet that goal. In fact, being stressed has become just as American as apple pie – but just because it's common doesn't mean that it's okay.
  • 4 Reasons You Don't Need a Formal Mentor
    When you're new to a field, or even just working in a new position, there's a lot to learn. It's useful to have someone to help you understand the ins and outs of the work. And, it's important to be able to get your questions answered when they pop up. A lot of people feel that there are tremendous benefits to participating in a formal mentor/mentee relationship in order to address these needs. However, there might be another way – or even a better way – to meet the same goals. Here are some reasons you might NOT need a mentor.
  • 7 Tips for Working Outdoors
    The sweet, sunny days of early summer make you want to be outside: go to the beach, work in your garden, do anything that involves fresh air and being away from your desk. There's no month like May for tempting us to be outside as often as we can. You may even feel the urge to do usually indoorsy things outside if you can swing it – like your work. And, why not? Here are some tips for working outdoors.
  • Being Phony at Work Is Affecting Your Career Success
    A Deloitte study that analyzed sociologist Erving Goffman's concept of "covering" found that a whopping 75 percent of American professionals are concealing certain facets of their lives in order to excel in their careers, or so they think. Here's why that does more harm than good for an individual's personal and professional life.
  • Overloaded With Meetings? Here's What to Do
    Like it or not, meetings are a part of working life. Meetings are where decisions are made, projects are allocated, announcements are shared, etc. But that's what an ideal meeting looks like – there's action, and something moves forward. The reality is that not all meetings are really that productive. Some meetings are just a drain on everyone's time and actually get in the way of you performing your job.
  • Goldfish Now Have Better Attention Spans Than We Do
    Last week, Microsoft released a study that sought to analyze the impact that technology – cellphones and social media specifically – is having on our attention span and the quality of our focus. They found some pretty significant changes compared with research conducted 15 years ago.
  • #MondayMotivation: 5 Ways to Get Stuff Done, When You'd Rather Not
    As the toughest day of the week draws to a close, are you having trouble making progress on your to-do list? You don't need to pack up for the day with a sense of failure. In the hours you have left, these tricks can help you get enough done to start Tuesday off with a sense of accomplishment instead of dread.
  • Microsoft Delve: An App to Track Your Work-Life Balance
    Identifying that a problem exists is the first step in finding a solution to it. There is no doubt that work-life balance is a huge issue right now. In light of this, a lot of companies are trying to find ways to help us track and improve our time management habits and skills. The new Microsoft app, Delve, is one such tool. It can help you track your work-life balance. Let's take a closer look.
  • PayScale's VIP Blog Roundup: Can I Speak Up About Super-Long Meetings?
    If you complained every time something got on your nerves at work, you'd be at the top of the annoyance list for most of your co-workers. But, what about when the irritation is a genuine productivity-suck, like long meetings? Sometimes, then, you can speak up – but not all the time. This week's roundup includes advice on knowing when to say something and when to stay quiet, plus how to get more followers on your blog, and how to prevent excuses from derailing your career.
  • Men Lie About How Much They Work in Order to Have Work-Life Balance
    The expectation of working long hours comes with the territory in a lot of industries. The culture of some companies necessitates a high-paced, high-pressure, work-until-you-can-work-no-more lifestyle in order to get ahead – or even to stick around.
  • 4 Ways the Geller Law Group Helps Women Have It All
    Women accounted for just 16.5 percent of law partners in 2013, despite the fact that they graduated from law school in equal numbers during the previous decade. Being a law partner inducts you into a high-pressure system with long hours and limited flexibility. It's the kind of job that practically requires a stay-at-home spouse in order to keep any kind of a personal life running smoothly. But, that arrangement isn't available to everyone. Some ambitious lawyers are left wondering how they can do both – that is, be a lawyer and have a life, and maybe even a family. At the Geller Law Group, an all-woman firm, it just might be possible.
  • Practice 'The Golden Rule' to Fuel Your Career's Success
    Everyone wants to be successful in his or her career, but, unfortunately, far too many professionals go about it the wrong way. It may seem like trying to make it in this dog-eat-dog world requires a person to take out the rest of the pack, however, as it turns out, true success comes from joining forces with other like-minded individuals and conquering together. Think this is a bunch of bologna? Read on to see why triumphing in your career depends on the success of those around you.
  • Is It Ever OK to Drink During Your Lunch Break?
    The return of AMC's Mad Men for its final season brings about mixed feelings for a lot of viewers. There's some sadness that it's almost over, but it's also a lot of fun to reacquaint ourselves with the characters, and culture, we've come to love. One aspect of the show that seems to have really made an impression, even with folks who don't watch, is the drinking. In addition to introducing young people to old-timey cocktails like Manhattans and gimlets, the liquor fueled lifestyle of Mad Men left us in awe. For most of us, drinking during lunch is a rarity at best – a far cry from having wet bar in every office.
  • How to Get More Done Every Week
    Did you have a "case of the Monday's" this week, or maybe just a terrible Tuesday? By now, you're probably counting down the hours until the weekend, exhausted from a week of work at your 9 to 5 job. But how much did you really get done this week — and how much do you wish you had accomplished, in order to get next week off to a running start?
  • Why Is the American Workplace So Dismissive of Work-Life Balance?
    As Americans, we take pride in hailing from a nation that's led the world in so many key areas for literally hundreds of years. Our revolution sparked others around the world, and our unique ideology helped change the way the entire globe viewed the nature of citizenship and maybe even life itself. There's no doubt, there's something very special about the United States, but, there is one key area where we've fallen way behind in a big way – work/life balance.
  • 3 Ways to Steal Back Your Work-Life Balance
    In many ways, the modern workplace resembles nothing so much as a hamster cage. We work in increasingly small spaces, at a frantic pace, and there's seemingly no escape. (Sometimes, there are actual hamster wheels, but that's another story.) How can a person hope to achieve work-life balance in a corporate culture that values work, not balance? Like all change, it starts with us.