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  • PayScale's VIP Blog Roundup: Help! My Company Wants Me to Work During FMLA Leave
    Most workers have probably heard of FMLA, but how many really understand what it means, in terms of rights and limitations? Worse, a lot of employers don't know where the line is. In this week's roundup, Alison Green advises an Ask a Manager reader on what he can expect from FMLA. Plus, we learn why high school students should learn how to use social media, and how job hopping can be good (or very bad) for your career.
  • These States Have the Most (and Least) Engaged Employees
    If you hate your job, the best part of waking up is … hitting the snooze button and going back to sleep. We'll take a look at a recent study that ranked the nation's states based on level of employee engagement at work. Read on to see where your home turf ranks – you may be surprised as to which states are lowest on the list.
  • 3 Ways to Use Fear to Fuel Your Career
    Fear can make you want to run and hide. It can hold you back and prevent you from taking risks, because you're too scared of something negative happening in return. Fear can be a beast that ruins your life and crushes your potential, but it doesn't have to be. Here's how you can use fear to propel you, rather than stifle you.
  • FMLA: What You Need to Know
    The main purpose of FMLA or the Family and Medical Leave Act is to help employees balance work and personal/familial needs. By way of the FMLA, you can take up to 12 weeks leave in any 12-month period for personal or an immediate family member's medical exigencies, expansion of family, or for matters arising out of a family member's call for military duty. If you're thinking about taking FMLA, there are things you need to know in order to make sure you get the coverage you're entitled to.
  • This Is Why Procrastination Works for You
    Some people don't procrastinate. It's shocking, but true. These calm, level-headed folks function on a rotating pattern of accomplishment and relaxation. A balance is achieved, stress is kept at bay, and stuff gets done. However, everyone is different. Not everyone can achieve, function, and thrive, when things flow in such an orderly and relaxed way. Some of us need chaos to do our best work. So, we procrastinate.
  • 5 Signs to Confirm That Your Bad Boss Is, Indeed, Terrible
    Research shows that 65 percent of managers are "checked-out" at work, which means that there's a 65 percent chance that your boss is not so great. If you're unsure as to whether your direct manager is part of the misery-inducing majority, then here are a few surefire ways to tell. You're welcome and good luck.
  • Good News for College Grads: More Real Jobs
    Wondering about whether to go back to school to finish (or start) your bachelor's degree? You might not have to worry quite as much about whether you'll have a job after graduation, at least compared to grads from the past few years. The latest research shows that full-time, permanent jobs for college graduates are on the rise.
  • PayScale's Best Jobs: This Quiz Will Tell You Which Job Is Right for You
    Ask any career counselor: working in the wrong field is like trying to write with your less-dominant hand. Maybe you can struggle along, but you're never going to excel – and worst of all, it's uncomfortable. That's why the goal when picking a career isn't to choose the highest-paying job or even the job with the best occupational outlook. To really do well in your chosen field, you need to pick a job that fits your personality, skills, aptitudes, and interests. PayScale's latest data package helps you determine just that, starting with an interactive quiz that helps you figure out which job is the best job for you.
  • 4 Do's and 4 Don'ts for Take Our Children to Work Day
    Take Our Children to Work Day is Thursday, April 23rd, and if you still need convincing that this 20-year-old holiday is worth observing, there are a lot of great reasons to consider. Whether you run a small business, work in an office, or work from home, your children could learn a lot from spending the day with you at work. Here are some do's and don'ts to help you maximize the potential of the day.
  • 5 Ways to Keep Track of Your Accomplishments
    Ever feel like you always have so much to do, yet never get anything done? You likely have an ongoing task list, Post-it notes stuck all around your desk ,and co-workers constantly approaching you with more things they need help with. With so much that needs to get done, it's easy to forget everything you've accomplished — and chances are that's a lot.
  • Is a Big Salary Worth Being Miserable?
    We grew up hearing that money doesn't buy happiness, but if the past few years of economic turmoil have proved anything, it's that poverty can buy misery. It's no wonder if many of us have now changed our tune when it comes to the actual price of the best things in life, etc. But, there's a big difference between putting up with a less-than-exciting job in order to pay the bills and enduring a truly terrible work experience. The question is, does any salary, no matter how huge, make an awful job worth it?
  • Forced/Stacked Employee Rankings Crush Morale
    An old trend in early elementary education and child care has resurfaced and has been causing controversy (and more than a few tears - shed by children and parents alike). The divisive method is known as the color-coded behavior chart. It's a system that's been used off and on for decades to simultaneously motivate and hold students accountable for their actions. These systems are also showing up in the workplace, and are being used to rank employees. But, does it work?
  • New Site Offers Information on Leave Policies for 100s of Companies
    Wouldn't it be amazing if there was a way to see which employers offered the most generous leave options for employees, before you accepted a job offer? Well, now there is. Read on to learn more about a new site that provides a transparent look into companies' leave policies so that working parents can make a more informed decision about their next employer.
  • 3 Ways to Stay Productive and Happy While Working From Home
    The opportunity to work from home can be a dream come true: no time spent commuting, no sitting in traffic, and the flexibility to work wherever and maybe even whenever you want. However, some people find it difficult to maintain a high level of productivity while working at home, and others find that the isolation causes depression, which is bad for both their personal and professional life. The following tips are proven to help people who work from home maintain their sanity, their happiness, and their productivity.
  • Slack Makes Work More Fun (But Might Keep You There)
    If you've ever longed to create and share bizarre animal GIFs with your co-workers at the touch of a button or instantly chat with your teammates on every device in your possession, Slack is the communication tool of your dreams. If your goal is to get stuff done and leave work, on the other hand, Amanda Hess's account of Slate's Slack experience might give you pause.
  • 6 Legal Marijuana Jobs and How to Get One
    The last few years have seen a major shift in the legal marijuana industry. No doubt, widespread marijuana legalization has changed workplace policies and practices, and it will take a few years (or more likely, a few decades) for the industry to really get its legs. Still, the US marijuana industry is already booming, and enthusiastic folks with a variety of professional experiences and backgrounds are wondering how they might jump on in. Here are some jobs to consider, along with some ideas about which candidates are the best fit for these positions. Happy hunting!
  • 4 Things to Know About the McDonald's Protest for a Higher Minimum Wage
    April 15 was the day McDonald's Corp. first opened their doors to the public in Illinois – back in 1955. So, it's fitting that workers launched international protests for higher wages and the right to unionize exactly 60 years later on McDonald's birthday. Make no mistake: this is not about individual employees raving about isolated mistreatment. This is a global movement. It's gaining momentum and publicity, and it doesn't show any signs of dissipating.
  • How Hollywood's A-List Actresses Fight for Women's Equality
    Who better to bring awareness to a vital cause like women's equality than Hollywood stars? We'll take a look at how some of Hollywood's most revered actresses are speaking out about the inequality women face on- and off-screen, and the role the media plays in perpetuating this unconscious bias.
  • PayScale's VIP Blog Roundup: When the Micromanager ... Is You
    No one likes being micromanaged, but being a micromanager is almost worse: you know, on some level, that you're the problem, and yet you just can't stop nitpicking everything people do. In this week's roundup, career experts tackle breaking the micromanaging habit, learning how to fight productively, and beating the dreaded cover-letter writer's block.
  • What If the Glass Ceiling Was Really a Leaky Pipe?
    With all the talk about empowerment and female leadership, we also know that the barriers to advancement are very real. For every step forward, gender bias and situational barriers continue to prevent deserving women from receiving recognition and achieving positions of leadership. But, instead of thinking of this situation as a "glass ceiling," which indicates a barrier that is impossible to break through, why not consider a different paradigm – a leaky pipe?