• #PayChat Roundup: Are You Engaged at Work?

    Only 13 percent of workers around the world are engaged at work, according to a recent Gallup poll. If you're part of the other 87 percent, today's #PayChat was made for you.

  • When Your Office Chair Just Doesn't Fit: Ergonomics for Everyone Else

    For the vast majority of workers, the everyday office chair is just fine. With a few twirls and adjustments, most employees can make the standard equipment ergonomically sound. For the very tall and the very short among us, however, setting up an office environment is an exercise in making do.

  • To Build the Perfect To-Do List, Do These 5 Things

    There are two types of people: those who swear by to-do lists, and those who swear at them. If you're in the latter camp, and have never been able to figure out exactly why to-do lists don't work for you, the answer is simple -- your lists aren't helping you do the right things, in the right order, at the right time. Here's how to fix them.

  • Sleep Deprived? It's Thomas Edison's Fault

    Every innovation comes with a price, and not just the one on the sticker. Take the incandescent light bulb, for example. Its invention (by Thomas Edison, Joseph Swan, or at least 22 other folks, depending on whom you ask) allowed us to stay up till all hours of the day and night without burning the actual midnight oil. As a result, people did stay up -- but often for work, not for fun.

  • How to Draw Boundaries in the Age of Digital Work

    If you're reading this in a the middle of your long holiday weekend, it's long past time for this question: in a time when we're always connected to our jobs, via mobile devices and the shifting expectations they've created, is there any real way to take time off?

  • The End of Looking Busy: 3 Tips to Be More Productive
    If you want to be more productive at work, you must learn to master your time. Some people just look busy and don't get anything done; others get their work accomplished and have time to spend with family or friends in the evening. Which type do you want to be?
  • Is Work-Life Balance Your Employer's Responsibility, or Yours?

    When we talk about work-life balance, we generally focus on what workers can do to free up their own time, whether it's using their workday more efficiently or negotiating with the boss to ensure that their priorities are aligned with the company's. It's rare to hear the argument that the reason workers need to take charge of their time is because it's their fault if they don't.

  • 4 Ways to Handle Your Narcissistic Boss
    Some bosses seem to think they are the center of the universe. They can be extremely difficult people to work with or for, but before you run screaming from the office, consider these four ways to cope.
  • Become More Mindful With 'Micro Meditations'

    We live in a culture where it's common to have entire conversations with people while looking at a tiny screen and planning the rest of our day in the back of our minds. Heck, it's barely even considered rude anymore. No wonder, then, that many of us find it hard to slow down long enough to build a mediation practice, no matter how many articles we read about its benefits for our productivity and career satisfaction.

  • 3 Ways to Improve Focus

    Pay attention is harder now than ever before. We might understand, intellectually, that multitasking is impossible, but the illusion of being able to do more than one thing at a time is too appealing to dismiss. Plus, we have so many great gadgets to distract us. No wonder that half the participants in any given meeting are looking at their smartphones as much as at each other.

  • What Does the Perfect Office Look Like? [infographic]

    Your depressing workspace is impacting your productivity, according to experts like Suzanne Carlson, a principal of interior design at the architecture firm NBBJ. The good news is that even if the boss doesn't feel like making a change, you can improve your office with a few small changes.

  • Can Wearable Tech Increase Productivity In the Office?
    It seems like everywhere you turn these days, everyone is talking about wearable tech. Whether it's about Google Glass, fitness trackers, or smart watches, these devices are becoming more popular -- and increasingly mainstream. Typically, they're used to help increase health, helping the wearer keep track of calories or steps, or monitoring blood pressure. But could wearables actually benefit you in your career, and increase productivity in the office?
  • 5 Tips for Taking the Perfect Nap

    Need a quick energy boost? A nap might be the answer to all your problems. It's science!

  • Walking Boosts Productivity and Creative Thinking
    We know that walking improves your circulatory health and can help you lose weight. It also seems boosts your creative thinking and productivity during the work day. But is working all day on a treadmill desk the answer to improving our job performance?
  • Are You Suffering From Burnout? 3 Steps to Get Back on Track

    The economy might be improving, but the world of work seems to have changed forever. Ask any of your friends, family, and colleagues: if they've been lucky enough to stay employed through the lean years, they're probably doing more with less than ever before. Time, money, and manpower are still in short supply in most offices. All of that adds up to one thing -- burnout.

  • How to Strike a Balance Between Hierarchy and Creativity
    Do you like clear expectations and a known chain of command, or do you prefer a more free environment at work? While hierarchy can seem to stifle creativity, we cannot simply throw all order out the window. At the same time, we don't want to miss out on the creativity of workers. Ideally, there's a way to benefit from both.
  • 3 Ways to Work Smarter, Not Harder

    If productivity advice were music, "Work Smarter, Not Harder" would be one of the biggest chart toppers of all time. But like most popular ditties, the tune familiar, but the meaning is somewhat unclear. What does it actually mean?

  • Do These 3 Things and Avoid Working Through Your Next Vacation

    Vacation season is upon us, and with it, the most pressing question of the warm weather months: if you drop your smartphone in the ocean, will you actually get a few days to rest and recharge, or will your boss see through your cunning ruse? (Hint: It's the latter.)

  • #PayChat Roundup: 10 Tips to Be More Productive at Work

    Want to get more done at the office? Today's #PayChat focused on productivity. PayScale's users chimed in on Twitter to give their top tips on being more productive at their jobs.

  • 5 Reasons Why Annual Performance Reviews Should Be Banished, Adobe-Style
    Rarely, if ever, does any manager or employee speak of their fondness for the annual performance review, that ritual outlining of personal mistakes, successes, strengths, and weaknesses. So, if everyone hates them so much, why are are we doing them? That's the question Adobe asked before deciding to eliminate the process in 2012, and the company hasn't looked back since. Here's why.