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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.
  • 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.
  • 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?
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • #ObamaTownHall: What Will It Take to Close the Gender Wage Gap?
    Yesterday, President Obama participated in a Town Hall in Charlotte, North Carolina. Moderated by BlogHer co-founder and SheKnows Chief Community Officer Lisa Stone, the Town Hall focused on issues affecting women in the workplace, including the gender wage gap, discrimination, and access to affordable child care.
  • Survey: Would You Wear Sweatpants to Work?
    Want to make your parents (or grandparents) roll their eyes all the way back into their heads at your next family gathering? Tell them that it's now OK – at a few companies, at least – to wear sweatpants to the office.
  • Get a Raise: 3 Highlights From PayScale's Reddit AMA on Salary Negotiation
    Earlier today, PayScale did its first Reddit AMA. Hosted by Senior Director of Editorial and Marketing Lydia Frank and Managing Editor Aubrey Bach, We are data geeks from PayScale.com who love to talk salary negotiation. We're also two women working in the tech industry … AMA looked at the challenges facing women in tech – and everywhere else – when it comes to getting the salary they deserve.
  • PayScale's Reddit AMA: Salary Negotiations for Women in Tech
    In honor of Equal Pay Day, PayScale will do its first ever Reddit AMA today, April 14, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. PST. Senior Director of Editorial and Marketing Lydia Frank and Managing Editor Aubrey Bach will answer all of your questions about how women in tech can negotiate the salary they deserve.
  • PayScale's VIP Blog Roundup: How to Ensure Your Job Search Will Fail
    Even if you're a raving extrovert who loves meeting new people and does well under pressure, you probably don't love job interviews. They're such a tricky dance: simultaneously, job interviews ask you to impress a stranger, answer complex questions, and try to figure out from a short conversation whether or not you want to work there. This week's roundup focuses on career advice that helps you avoid the pitfalls of job interviewing.
  • Reddit CEO Ellen Pao: Fair Pay by Nixing Salary Negotiations
    After a jury recently dismissed her discrimination suit against venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins, Ellen Pao said, "If I've helped to level the playing field for women and minorities in venture capital, then the battle was worth it." In her current job as interim CEO of Reddit, she's fighting to narrow the gender wage gap by ending salary negotiations during the hiring process.
  • Ivar's Restaurants Up Minimum Wage Ahead of Seattle's $15 per Hour Mandate
    Ivar's, a seafood chain based in Seattle, deals a little differently with the usual problems facing restaurants. For example, most companies, faced with the challenge of generating PR, just whip up more creative ads. A few years ago, Ivar's did that ... and then put them at the bottom of the ocean. The organization put out the rumor that their late founder, Ivar Haglund, had placed billboards under Puget Sound. The signs, which were supposedly placed in 1954, bore slogans like: "Ivar's Chowder. Worth surfacing for. 75¢ a cup." Ivar's latest trick is no hoax: while some business owners have protested Seattle's minimum wage hike to $15 an hour minimum wage, the restaurant is rolling out a new, higher wage structure to staff before the phased deadlines.
  • #SameOutfitDifferentDay: Could a Woman Get Away With the Zuckerberg Uniform?
    Mark Zuckerberg wears the same work clothes every day: jeans, a gray t-shirt, and a hoodie. Sometimes, he adds Ray-Bans and sandals. In a recent New York Times article, he explains his rationale behind his look: "I'm in this really lucky position where I get to wake up every day and help serve more than a billion people. I really want to clear my life to make it so that I have to make as few decisions as possible about anything, except how to best serve this community." But could a woman in a similar position of power do the same?
  • Is Your Salary About to Increase?
    If you're looking for some good news about the economy after last Friday's lackluster jobs report, try this on for size: the latest data indicates that more Americans are quitting their jobs, which means two things: 1) an immediate boost in pay for many workers voluntarily hopping from one job to another, and 2) an increased sense of confidence that workers can find a better job somewhere else. All of this could finally translate to an increase in wages, even for employees who stay put.
  • PayScale's VIP Blog Roundup: Old School Skills, Salary Negotiation Don'ts, and Lies Happy People Don't Buy
    How can you tell a happy person from, well, everyone else? Often, it's that they spend less time tracking what other people think, and more time paying attention to their own goals. This week's roundup includes the false assumptions happy people don't make, plus a post on why we should thank our high school teachers for those classes we hated, and tips on what to avoid when negotiating salary.
  • BLS Jobs Report: 126,000 Jobs Added, Unemployment Unchanged at 5.5 Percent
    This morning's report from the Department of Labor was a relatively grim one, reflecting 121,000 fewer jobs added than predicted by economists, and the lowest job creation numbers since December 2013. Employment rose by 126,000 jobs, and the unemployment rate remained at 5.5 percent.
  • Snapchat Transforms New Grads Into Paper Millionaires
    Most recent college graduates would be thrilled just to get a job fresh out of school. If it pays the bills and makes a dent in those student loans, so much the better. But for some graduates of select engineering schools like Stanford, going to work at Snapchat will do more than just make ends meet.
  • Horrible Company Policy Alert: Some Employers Require Doctor's Notes for Sick Days
    Have you ever thought to yourself, "This is a pretty good job, but it could be better, if only my employer would treat me more like a child"? If not, you'll probably be less than impressed to hear that at some companies, only a doctor-excused absence will do, when it comes to using that sick time. (Whether or not you have any sick time to start out with, of course, is another thing entirely.)
  • Please Don't Play Any of These Horrible April Fools' Pranks at Work
    Depending on your perspective, April Fools' Day is either the highlight of the year -- or a great day to work from home. Even if you're totally anti the entire concept of April Fools', you have to admit that some pranks function as a kind of team-building exercise: something funny happens, everyone has a laugh and blows off steam, and hopefully, co-workers feel closer. Unfortunately, when pranks go wrong, they go really wrong, leaving a trail of hurt feelings and dented career prospects in their wake.
  • ADP Jobs Report: Private Sector Added 189,000 Jobs in March
    Private companies added 189,000 jobs last month, according to this morning's ADP National Employment Report, fewer than the 225,000 predicted by economists and the lowest gains in over a year.