• 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 Monster.com 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.
  • Feeling Lazy? Bask in These Stories of 4 People Who Got Paid to Do Nothing
    Earlier this year, PayScale told the story of A. K. Verma, an Indian civil servant who managed to avoid coming to work for 24 years before eventually getting fired for "willful absence of duty" in January 2015. Though his case, a byproduct of India's tough-to-penetrate labor laws, is shocking, Verma is not the only employee who has been paid to do nothing. Plenty of workers have found themselves in situations in which they are paid not to work.
  • PayScale's VIP Blog Roundup: Michael Scott Syndrome – When the Incompetent Don't Know They're Incompetent
    Everyone has had this co-worker: the person who has no clue what they're doing ... and no idea that they're not the smartest guy in the room. In the worst-case scenario, the incompetent colleague is your boss, and you spend your days alternately marveling at their delusion and cursing the day you agreed to take this job in the first place. How did they get this way, and why are the incompetent often so filled with undeserved self-confidence? This week's roundup looks at this mystery, plus how to get buy-in during a big change, and how to be happier at work, starting today.
  • 3 Signs That Your Workplace Is Dysfunctional (and What to Do About It)
    It's hard to say when the "honeymoon period" is over at a new job, but one day you it just hits you: things aren't as good as you thought they were. Now, it's a stretch to get from bad times to toxic times, but sometimes it gets there pretty quickly. Here's how to know if your workplace has gone from bad to the worst ever.
  • Is the Ideal Vacation Even Possible for US Workers?
    Did you take a vacation this summer? Do you wish you could've taken more time off? As fall draws near, so do the feelings, for many, of slight remorse caused by a summer spent mostly indoors, most often at work.
  • When It Comes to Work Hours, Less Is More
    A few weeks ago, The New York Times put Amazon's work culture under the microscope . While many employees, both current and past, have chimed in since the article came out, we're now finding time to turn the focus to our own work lives. Should we all strive to be as driven as Amazonians who love their 60-plus hour work weeks? Should we all keep the cube lights on into the wee hours to show how much we "care"? The answer, despite our best efforts to die at our desks, may be "Nope."
  • You're Late, You're Late … You're Fired
    You know the nightmare: you're running down the hall of your high school, books and papers flying, your heart in your throat because you're late for that final exam on the last day before graduation. You wake up in a cold sweat, blood pressure skyrocketing, only to realize, it's no dream, it's your life as a chronically late employee — and you could just be hurting your career with your constant tardiness.
  • Find Happiness at Work ... With More Sleep
    If you're burning the midnight oil for work, you're in trouble. All that time at your desk means you're missing out on a key performance ingredient: sleep. Studies show that we're happier when we get more sleep, but how does that translate to the office? You might be surprised.
  • How to Beat Clutter, Productivity's Worst Enemy
    Clutter is in the eye of the beholder. What may seem like a messy desk (or life) to one person, may feel like "just the right amount" of stuff to another. But what studies are showing is that when you clutter up your life too much, productivity can suffer. So whether it's your desk or your to-do list that's too full, take a moment to edit and you could find your life and career running more smoothly.
  • Can't Remember Your Last Vacation? You're Not Alone.
    If you have trouble recalling that sand-in-your-toes feeling of a long vacation; you're not the only one. New data shows that a whopping 56 percent of Americans haven't taken a real vacation (one week away from the office) in the last 12 months. What's worse? That’s up from 52 percent in 2012. It's not that we don't need a week away from the grind, it's that we just aren't clocking out. But why?
  • Are Tech Jobs Just Crazy Hard on Workers?
    The short answer is "yes." It's also "no" and "it depends." The recent New York Times critique of Amazon's work culture — the most commented-on piece in the publication's history — has resulted in a firestorm of both backlash and support from the media and tech titans. Former and current Amazon employees have chimed in, sharing views and experiences that both support and negate the Times' claim that Amazon is a company guilty of "conducting an experiment in how far it can push white-collar workers to get them to achieve its ever-expanding ambitions."
  • When the Boss Loves Meetings, Escape Using This 5-Step Plan
    If you're a manager looking to shorten meetings, there's plenty of advice out there for you. Tips on how to free up your time when you're not the person in charge are a little harder to come by. That's because managers and the people they manage often have two very different sets of priorities: for the managers, every minute spent in meetings is potentially applicable to their goals; for the managed, meetings often represent a desert of productivity, dead time in which nothing gets done. If you're among the latter group, you might feel powerless to change your circumstances – but you're not totally without options.
  • 4 Ways to Become Indispensable at Work
    We all want job security, but in 2015 it can be pretty hard thing to come by. Of course, no one is totally indispensable; the reality is that we can all be replaced. We all know this. However, there are certain things that you can do to achieve near-indispensability, which should provide that feeling of safety we all crave. Here are some ideas for making yourself essential.
  • What to Do When Your Job Keeps Growing and Growing...
    You know the deal. You're hired to do a job. That job comes with a job description or maybe even a contract that lists the responsibilities and duties assigned to you as said job holder. Next, you start to get comfortable with your new position. Soon, you're doing well, and before you know it, you start winning the respect of your co-workers and even your bosses. You're starting to feel pretty good about yourself, and this job – and that's usually right around the time when things start to change.
  • 5 Ways to Earn a Promotion Without Asking for One
    The old adage of "don't ask, don't get" is usually true when it comes to promotions and raises. If you don't let your manager know about your career goals, it's much less likely that you'll get to where you want to be. That said, workers often ask for promotions without stopping to consider if they're ready for them, or even if they've earned them. If you want to impress your boss and move up the corporate ladder, what you do is just as important as what you say. Here's how you can show your manager that you're ready – without ever saying a word.
  • 11 Ways Sleep Deprivation Is Ruining Your Career (and What to Do About It)
    Not getting enough restful sleep at night can do more than leave you irritable and groggy in the morning – it could be the reason you aren't advancing in your career, too. We'll take a look at 11 alarming ways sleep deprivation affects your brain over time, and what you can do to help remedy your insomnia so that it doesn't prevent you from achieving success in your career.
  • Why People Quit Their Dream Jobs
    With an insanely competitive interview process that can take four to six weeks, include up to eight rounds of interviews, and require responses to seemingly irrelevant questions such as, "How many trees are there in Washington state?," jobs at Amazon and other top tech employers are hard to get. The thought of someone who actually managed to snag a coveted spot with a dream company voluntarily choosing to relinquish said position might sound unfathomable. And yet many people do exactly that.

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