• 5 Quick Tips for Organizing Your Desk
    Do you have one of those desks that makes everyone stop and stare? You swear you "know where everything is" ... but you can also acknowledge that your workspace is a bit of a mess. Whether you're in need of a serious overhaul or you would just like to take your already-neat desk to the next level, these tips should help you get going with your goal. None of these suggestions should take more than a few minutes to apply, meaning that you'll be able to see a big difference with just a little time and effort, and that's always a good thing.
  • Companies Insist on Collaboration, So Women Do More
    In workplaces around the country, it's not uncommon for employers to encourage or even insist on a collaborative environment. In fact, studies show that time spent on collaborative tasks in the office rose by roughly 50 percent over the last 20 years. However, there's just one little problem: women are the ones getting stuck with the bulk of the work.
  • 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.
  • Is Lack of Sleep Killing Your Career?
    A recent survey of over 20,000 people around the world found that not only are we not sleeping all that well at night, but come sunrise, we're calling in sick to work. The average person missed 7.4 days of work per year due to bad sleep! That's over a working week lost to tossing, turning, and plain old staring at the ceiling at night. Just how can we improve our sleep cycles and wake up to a well-rested self?
  • Could This Be the Beginning of the End for Certain Public-Sector Unions?
    Labor unions have had a tremendous impact on U.S. workers and workplaces for well over a century. But, it's no secret that unions, in general, are in a bit of trouble these days. And, certain public-sector unions, specifically, could be about to sustain a punishing blow from the U.S. Supreme Court. Let's take a closer look at the case of Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association. Here's what you need to know.
  • Can You Save 1 Percent More This Year?
    Unfortunately, only a very small minority of workers are really saving enough for retirement. In fact, many aren't saving at all. Let's look at a couple quick statistics from a study done this summer by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) to see just how much folks are actually putting away. Here are a few facts.
  • How the Working World Has Changed Since the '70s
    Let's face it, if you were sitting in an office in the '70s, imagining what the working world would be like in 2016, I doubt you'd conceive of the changes that would take place in just 40 years. Before we even begin to talk about the internet, let's talk about clothes, job types, and yep, money.
  • 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.
  • See How Much Money Your WoW Characters Would Earn IRL
    Just like in real life, your video and computer game characters usually have to bring in some sort of income to survive. Whether you're looting gold coins or earning them through trade, you have to have enough gold to get you through the game. Today, I'm going to focus on one of my favorite games, World of Warcraft, and how much money characters from each profession would be earning in real life if they weren't hustling for in-game gold in Azeroth.
  • How to Avoid Miscommunication at Work
    "The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place," George Bernard Shaw once said. Miscommunication in the workplace is very common. It's a big reason for missed project deadlines, postponed meetings, and misunderstood expectations. For example, maybe your boss expected you to be at work today because your leave was "till" today, but you meant it to "include" today. Sometimes, the communication channel just isn't clear.
  • 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.
  • 5 Questions You Should Ask At Your Next Job Interview
    This isn't your first rodeo. You've probably been to a lot of job interviews in your career — some good, some ... not so good — and you're really hoping this one sticks. You've tried some of the standard softball questions, but nothing seems to evoke a genuine response. You may even have brushed up on how to answer some of those awful curve balls interviewers are always eager to throw. Are you ready to have a real conversation with your interviewer that leaves a great impression? We may be able to help.
  • 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.
  • What College Students Need to Know About the Gender Pay Gap
    Before I was aware of the gender wage gap, I thought – as any rational person would – that employees would be paid the same for their same quality of work regardless of gender. But alas, this is not the case. The reality is, at least for a few years, the gender pay gap is here to stay. So that invites the question: as a young woman looking to enter the workforce in a few years, what should I do about the gender pay gap?
  • Education Is Changing, But Will It Change How We Work?
    Considering how quickly the world is changing, it's actually surprising that the way kids and young adults are educated looks about the same as it has for the last 50 years or more. But just because high-school students still have their days broken down into about eight periods and store their materials in lockers, that doesn't mean that certain aspects of education haven't been updated. Actually, education is changing quite a bit in the U.S. these days, and these changes will have an impact on business and the economy in the years and decades to come. Let's take a look at a few of these shifts and consider how they'll matter in the future.
  • #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.

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