• Is a 6-Hour Workday Right for You?
    The 40-hour work week is relic of the past, and some employers in Sweden are looking to the future. Companies as diverse as automobile manufacturers and nursing homes have transitioned to a shorter work day, some of them as far back as a decade ago. Those that have made the change report increased productivity, as well as better work-life balance for their employees.
  • 6 Tips for Decorating Your Office to Improve Your Mood
    The workday is often long and hard, and sometimes we don't have as much control as we'd like over the difficulties we're forced to shoulder in our jobs. It's easy to get run down, and it's tough to be optimistic on days when so much feels out of our hands. Sometimes, all we can control are the little things. The good news is, these little things could make a bigger difference than you'd think. If you're feeling like your attitude could use a little re-calibrating, try one or more of these quick tips for decorating your office to improve your mood. They really might help.
  • PayScale's VIP Blog Roundup: 4 Leadership Lessons From Bond Villains
    Some of the world's greatest entrepreneurs and moguls have a faint whiff of Bond villain about them. Elon Musk is in on the joke to the point where he's been known to change his Twitter avatar to a Blofeld-esque photo of him petting a cat. So it's not as strange as it seems to look to the bad guys of the Bond films for a bit of career inspiration. This week's roundup also offers tips for working from home, and advice on how to keep your secret job search, well, a secret.
  • Men Nap at Work, Zone Out During Meetings More Than Women
    Unless you're a raving extrovert – or a manager who needs something to put on that annual review – you probably hate meetings. For the vast majority of office workers, they're essentially time away from the real work that makes up the bulk of our jobs. But a recent survey shows that men are more likely to respond to a boring meeting by doing something else entirely, whether it's check email, text, or play fantasy sports. Are women just super responsible, or what's going on?
  • To Fix Parental Leave, Make It Possible for Dads to Take It
    America's parental leave situation is dire. As you probably know, America is the only industrialized nation in the world that does not offer paid parental leave to workers, so working parents are forced to use accumulated vacation and sick hours to ensure some sort of income during their time off. Even if parents are lucky enough to have paid parental leave, they might not take it all. Why? In part, it's because dads often head back to work, even before their leave is up.
  • The Top 4 Consulting Firms for Work-Life Balance
    Consultants have a reputation for working long hours and traveling a ton. They have to be flexible go-getters who find creative solutions to problems or questions, and put clients at ease during times of stress. Even though a recent study found that many consultants might not be putting in as many hours as they claim, there is no doubt it's a demanding and fast-paced job.
  • Does Money Buy Happiness? Depends on How You Look at It
    If you've ever teetered back and forth trying to figure out whether money could buy you happiness or not, then you're not alone. Choosing a career can often seem like a trade-off between wealth and happiness. Do you take the higher paying job and sacrifice time with your family, or do you choose the job that allows you more freedom and flexibility but warrants a smaller paycheck? See if your answer changes after reading what research has to say about the money-happiness argument.
  • Should You Really Be Yourself at Work?
    We all adjust our personality and behaviors to accommodate our environment, or the task at hand. Sometimes, it can seem like it might be a good move to put on a professional face that is very different from our own, to earn promotions, or please our bosses or even our co-workers. However, pretending to be someone that you're not at work, day after day, could backfire. There are a lot of reasons why it might be better to just be yourself. Here are a few things to consider.
  • How to Tell If That Cool Company Is a Cult ... Before You Take the Job
    If you've seen a swarm lining up for the latest electronic geegaw, or folks wearing T-shirts emblazoned not with their college or favorite sports team but a corporate brand, you might dismiss these folks as fanatics. But would you like to work someplace that treats its employees as disciples, not team members?
  • How to Stop Thinking About Work After Hours
    If you're like most Americans, you're really into your job. This is not to say that you absolutely love what you do, but whether you're working in a dream job or one that just pays the bills, chances are that you work too hard. It's not an exaggeration to say that Americans work harder than anyone else, taking less vacation time, putting in longer hours, and even retiring later than those employed in other industrialized nations. So, it's no wonder that we can't seem to stop thinking about work, even when we're not actually there.
  • 5 Amazing Perks for New Parents That Actually Exist
    They say it takes a village to raise a baby, but what happens when mom and dad have to leave the village and return to work? Making the transition from "new parents" to "new parents who also have to work a full-time jobs" is no easy feat, and many new parents find it so difficult and costly that one chooses to put their career on hold to be the primary caregiver instead. Wouldn't it be nice if companies offered perks that helped make the transition for working parents a tad bit easier? Believe it or not, some companies do. Here is a list of the five incredible perks for working parents and the companies that so graciously offer them.
  • Survey: 76 Percent of Workers Are More Productive Outside of the Office
    Seventy-six percent of 2,600 people polled in a recent FlexJobs survey chose anywhere but the office during work hours as the ideal place to get "important work done." According to the company's 4th Annual Super Survey, which asked respondents to choose "their location of choice to be most productive on important work-related projects," 50 percent chose their home, and 12 percent chose an alternate location such as a coffee shop, library, or co-working space.
  • Real Work-Life Balance Starts With Your Boss
    If you want to hear that you need to take a vacation, the U.S. Travel Association is probably the organization to ask. That said, yesterday's Upside of Downtime Forum, held in New York, organized by the USTA's Project: Time Off, and featuring speakers like Arianna Huffington and Randi Zuckerberg, offered reasons why your boss should be pushing for you to take a holiday, as well. Of course, the real question is: does your employer understand the value of time away from work – or are your official vacation days, if you're lucky enough to have them, merely a mirage?
  • Why Exercise Deserves a Place on Your To-Do List
    There are only so many hours in the day, but it's commonly accepted that daily exercise is the key to good health. Even just 30 minutes a day can be a boon. So on days when your work schedule means you struggle to even take a pee break, you should be even more concerned with getting in that workout.
  • 7 Ways to Immediately Feel More Energized
    We've all heard advice on how to feel more energized. Unfortunately, getting seven to eight hours of sleep a night just isn't possible some days, and getting out of the office for a quick walk isn't always an option either. Although these solutions are probably best in the long term, there are other things you can do for a quick pick-me-up in the meantime. Here are a few quick and easy ways to feel more energized right now.
  • How to Avoid the Sunday Night Blues
    Do you feel a creeping sense of doom come Sunday afternoon? You're not alone. According to a international poll, 76 percent of U.S. respondents felt "really bad" Sunday Night Blues. And really, there's a lot to be bummed about: the weekend is ending and the work week is approaching (and hump day is still a long way off). No matter your job, you might feel sad that your personal time is coming to an end again, but there are ways to fight those blahs.
  • 5 Signs That Now's the Time for Millennial Women to Shine in Their Careers
    Working women continue to be steadfast in their fight for gender equality in the workplace. And, it's paying off, especially for millennials, who now have the greatest support of any generation of women. Here are a few signs that it's time for millennial women to break the glass ceiling once and for all.
  • The Controversial Maternity Leaves of Marissa Mayer
    Yahoo's CEO Marissa Mayer plans to take limited time away after giving birth to her twins. She's a high-powered businesswoman, and she's done this before. (This is her second pregnancy, and she took just two weeks off last time.) Is she a heroine, someone we should all look up to – or is she part of the problem?
  • The 5 Five Stages of Wanting to Quit Your Job
    Making the decision to quit your job generally happens gradually, and then all at once. If you're in the midst of making up your mind, the important thing is not to let your emotions get the better of you. It starts with being aware of what's happening during the process. Here's what to expect when you're pondering a jump to bigger and better things – or even just an escape from a dream job that's turned into a nightmare.
  • 4 Working Moms Share the Reality of Maternity Leave in the US
    Last month, we asked working parents to share their experiences with taking parental leave in the US. The responses, which came from people in occupations as diverse as librarian and banker, showed what most of us already know: the United States has a long way to go when it comes to leave for new parents. While top tech employers like Netflix and Microsoft might dangle months or even a year of paid leave, most working parents are left cobbling together disability, vacation time, and FMLA leave – if they're lucky enough to qualify.

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